The All Blacks seal the victory in seven attempts over Wales

David Havili tries to evade Gareth Anscombe as New Zealand achieves a resounding victory
Wales (6) 16
Attempts: J Williams Cons: Priestly land Pens: Anscombe 2, priestly land
New Zealand (18) 54
Attempts: B Barrett 2, Perenara, Jordan, Papalii, Reece, Lienert-Brown Cons: J Barrett 5 Pens: J Barrett 3

New Zealand returned to the top of the world rankings with a seven-shot demolition of impoverished Wales.

Two tries by Beauden Barrett and more scores by TJ Perenara, Will Jordan, Dalton Papalii, Sevu Reece and Anton Lienert-Brown, plus 19 points by Jordie Barrett, sealed the victory.

Johnny Williams scored the only try for Wales, which was well beaten.

And captain Alun Wyn Jones and Ross Moriarty joined the hosts’ extensive injury list.

Jones, who won his 149th international game for Wales and surpassed former New Zealand captain Richie McCaw’s total for a country, was forced to retire in the 18th minute after tackling Jordie Barrett.

The injury was to Jones’ left shoulder, the same one who was injured in the summer against Japan before miraculously recovering to lead the Lions in the three-Test series loss against South Africa, and was replaced here by Will Rowlands, with Jonathan Davies taking on the captaincy.

Wales’ wait to beat the All Blacks continues

The defeat meant that Wales’ 68-year losing streak against New Zealand continues.

Not many expected a first win over the All Blacks since 1953 and New Zealand walked away in the fourth quarter with some sublime attempts orchestrated by man of the match Beauden Barrett in his 100th international game.

Wales were missing 20 players, with British and Irish Lions Ken Owens, George North, Leigh Halfpenny, Josh Navidi, Justin Tipuric, Dan Lydiate and Liam Williams absent due to injury and Cardiff center Willis Halaholo unavailable due to Covid-19.

Wales also did not have access to their England-based club players Dan Biggar, Taulupe Faletau, Nick Tompkins, Louis Rees-Zammit, Callum Sheedy, Thomas Young and Christ Tshiunza, and the match was played outside the World Rugby international window.

In contrast, New Zealand lined up a team at almost full strength and entered the game having recently won the Rugby Championship and scoring 104 points against the United States.

The resounding victory in Cardiff allowed New Zealand to overcome South Africa to the number one position in the world.

It was the first game at Principality Stadium that could hold crowds since February 2020 and the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) reported a sold out sale of 74,500 for a game that raised £ 4 million.

100 not out

Beauden Barrett, who became the 11th All Blacks player to make 100 caps, was in direct competition with Gareth Anscombe.

The battle came 10 years after the two had been teammates on the New Zealand Under-20 team that defeated Wales 92-0 in the World Junior Championships.

Anscombe, who is qualifying for Wales through his mother, had recovered from a serious knee injury suffered against England in August 2019 that had ruled him out for two years. He had only played three league games before starting against his homeland here.

However, it was a nightmare start for Anscombe, and a dream for Barrett, who intercepted a pass from his opposite number to gallop, with his brother Jordie converting.

Anscombe settled down with an opening penalty after winger Taine Basham’s work at halftime in his first outing in Wales.

The Barrett brothers scored 29 points against Wales
The Barrett brothers scored 29 points against Wales

A brilliant break from Aaron Wainwright from his own lane released Owen Lane, whose inside pass to Johnny Williams was deemed to have been deliberately hit by Beauden Barrett.

The New Zealand fly-half escaped a yellow card from French referee Mathieu Raynal.

Wainwright was penalized for failing to roll, with Jordie Barrett reestablishing the seven-point lead, then after Wales captain Jones was forced to retire, adding a second penalty after New Zealand prop Nepo Laulala turned down an opportunity to score. a try.

With the roof open due to Covid-19 regulations and the rain starting to come down hard, the All Blacks thrived as scrum half Perenara advanced.

Despite New Zealand’s dominance, Basham was noted for his contact area rotation work and his exuberant ball handling.

The Dragons’ rear colleague, Moriarty, was forced to retire after a challenge from Laulala, who was unable to wrap his shoulder and hit the Welsh wing on the head.

Referee Mathieu Raynal decided it was not a red card, as Moriarty plunged into the contact and Ethan Blackadder’s tackle affected Laulala’s challenge, and the prop received a yellow card. Moriarity was forced and replaced by Cardiff blocking Seb Davies.

However, Wales’ woeful line-out continued to hamper them. Anscombe scored a second penalty to cut the halftime deficit to 18-6, but Jordie Barrett added another three points early in the second half.

Rhys Priestland replaced Anscombe in his first international game in four years and made an immediate impression by disallowing a penalty.

Wales were punished for a few loose kicks with Rieko Ioane and David Havili giving the warning before wing Jordan expertly counterattacked to pick up his own chip and cross for the All Blacks’ third try.

Wales finally scored a try with Priestland producing a clever kick that center Williams pounced on.

The home team trailed by 12 points after 61 minutes, but the All Blacks walked away with a devastating display of rugby with four attempts in the fourth quarter.

New Zealand was relentless with two attempts in quick succession as wing Papalii and replacement Reece took the lead and the onslaught continued with a sixth marker for center Lienert-Brown.

It was fitting that Beauden Barrett sealed the win and drove the score above 50 points with a second interception attempt, this time holding on to a loose pass from an impressive Johnny McNicholl.

Welsh: McNicholl; Lane, J. Davies, J. Williams, Adams; Anscombe, T Williams; W Jones, Elias, Francis, Beard, AW Jones (captain), Moriarty, Basham, Wainwright.

Replacements: Myhill for Elias (65), Carre for W Jones (56), Lewis for Francis (56), Rowlands for AW Jones (18), S Davies for Moriarty (36), G Davies for T Willliams (68), Priestland for Anscombe (47), B Thomas by J Williams (68).

New Zealand: J Barrett; Jordan, Lienert-Brown, Havili, R. Ioane; B Barrett, TJ Perenara; Moody, Taylor, Laulala, Retallick, Whitelock (capt), Blackadder, Papalii, Savea.

Replacements: Taukei’aho for Taylor (62), Tu’inukuafe for Moody (62), Lomax for Blackadder (41-49), Lomax for Laulala (63), Vaa’i for Retallick (68), A Ioane for Papalii (68) , Weber for Perenara (62), Mo’unga, Reece for Havili (65).

Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)

Assistant referees: Karl Dickson (England), Christophe Ridley (England)

TMO: Brian MacNeice (Ireland).

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