17 Jul 2009

Wallabies rate Eden Park a fortress alongside South African stadiums

6:20 pm on 17 July 2009

Australia hasn't beaten the All Blacks at Eden Park in more than 20 years but while the current Wallabies claim it doesn't play on their minds, hooker Stephen Moore admits touring sides see the Auckland venue as a fortress.

The Wallabies and All Blacks open the tri nations at Eden Park on Saturday night, with history on the All Blacks side.

The last time Australia won at Eden Park was in 1986 when Andrew Slack led the Wallabies to a 22-9 win to claim the Bledisloe Cup.

Moore says Eden Park is the All Blacks spiritual home and there is a fortress mentality similar to playing South Africa at Loftus Versfeld or Ellis Park.

The last time the Wallabies won in New Zealand was in Dunedin in 2001.

Wallabies George Smith, who will play his 100th test this weekend and Phil Waugh, who came on from the bench in that game are the only players from either side to have played in that match.