The current New Zealand rugby team are way ahead of every other nation -the results and rankings show that. But looking at tries reveals more about this team’s place in history than results alone. The World Rugby rankings are a rather abstract (and sometimes derided) measure. The current All Blacks are rated 96.57. What does that mean to the casual fan? Instead, let’s take a look at tries scored per match. The current team of All Blacks have scored 60 tries in 10 test matches in 2016. Only once before in their history have they scored 60 over 10 matches, back in 1987-88. That was after beating a novice Italy side, and dismantling a poor Welsh side at home. The current team have matched that feat, and against far better opposition. In the other period of high All Black try scoring, around 1997, Argentina bore the brunt of the All Blacks try machine, conceding 23 tries in two matches. Argentina were not at that stage part of the Rugby Championship, and were a far less impressive force...

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