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New Zealand composure leads to 27th consecutive win over Wales

New Zealand composure leads to 27th consecutive win over Wales
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The All Blacks scored 21 unanswered points in a dominant second half display that cancelled out the visitors’ solid first half performance. Waisake Naholo scored a brace as New Zealand won comfortably 39-21 in the end, maintaining the winning record since 1953.

Wales started the better of the two sides with an early try to number eight Toby Faletau, but Julian Savea hit back, with Kieran Read and Nathan Harris also scoring for the hosts.

Both teams had tries disallowed in a fascinating period of play in the second half, but Wales could not keep up with the World Champions, who aserted their dominance to take the first Test despite missing superstars Richie McCaw, Dan Carter and Ma’a Nonu, who have all moved on.

“It was what we expected. Wales were fired up and it was a reminder you’ve got to work hard,” said New Zealand captain Kieran Read. “The boys had a really good attitude in the second half.”

Wales coach Warren Gatland said that his players will have learned a lot up against the best.

“It’s the learning you take from playing against the best team in the world and sometimes the learning takes place out in the middle. It doesn’t matter what we do on the training field and as coaches, you’ve got to be out there in the middle and experience the relentlessness that the All Blacks bring.

“We feel like we get better the longer we are together. Players don’t have that many games at that level of intensity. They get to experience it a lot more than us and are familiar and comfortable with that.”

Wales play a midweek game against the Chiefs on Tuesday followed by the second Test againt the All Blacks in Wellington on Saturday.

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  • rememberthemer
    5:05 PM 13/06/2016

    There was nothing wrong with that pass either. In fact it's an identical situation to the Cruden pass. Williams pass to Webb for the second Welsh try was also "forward" - passed 2 m before the 22 and caught on the line. It's basically impossible for someone running at full speed to pass the ball "backwards" - even lobbing the ball back over your head the ball will move forward relative to the ground. The IRB have been very consistent consistent about how the forward pass should be interpreted. They even made a video about it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=box08lq9ylg The Smith situation is also covered explicitly in that video.

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  • 45678
    11:55 AM 13/06/2016

    there's been a lot of bitching about the Perenara no try. tbh whether it's the right or wrong call, it balances itself out with the naholo try in the first half when smith passed the ball 2-3 metres forward all backs a scary proposition yet again

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  • 4:03 AM 13/06/2016

    yep, All Blacks looked like the world's most individually talented pub team for the first hour. But it will be a hard one for Wales from here on in as NZ learn to be a coherent team again.

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  • drg
    11:48 PM 12/06/2016

    Can't say I'm particularly surprised by the result... New Zealand tend to follow a pattern... they win the first test - somewhat narrowly, after playing **** for their standard, then they blow the teams away in the next tests when they've decided to wake up a bit.... Whether it'll happen in the next test, I don't know.... but I highly suspect that this could have been Wales best opportunity to nab a win over NZ... oh well...64 year wait then?

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