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Saturday 25 November 2017, 12:15pm EST

Wales v New Zealand

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  • FT
  • ConversionBeauden Barrett
  • TRY!Rieko Ioane
  • ConversionLeigh Halfpenny
  • TRY!Gareth Davies
  • Yellow CardSam Whitelock
  • ConversionBeauden Barrett
  • TRY!Rieko Ioane
  • ConversionBeauden Barrett
  • TRY!Anton Lienert-Brown
  • HT
  • TRY!Scott Williams
  • TRY!Waisake Naholo
  • Penalty GoalLeigh Halfpenny
  • ConversionBeauden Barrett
  • TRY!Waisake Naholo
  • Penalty GoalLeigh Halfpenny
  • KO


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Wales T C P
15 Leigh Halfpenny 0 1 2
14 Hallam Amos 0 0 0
13 Scott Williams 1 0 0
12 Owen Williams 0 0 0
11 Steffan Evans 0 0 0
10 Dan Biggar 0 0 0
9 Rhys Webb 0 0 0
1 Rob Evans 0 0 0
2 Ken Owens 0 0 0
3 Tomas Francis 0 0 0
4 Jake Ball 0 0 0
5 Alun Wyn Jones 0 0 0
6 Aaron Shingler 0 0 0
7 Josh Navidi 0 0 0
8 Taulupe Faletau 0 0 0
16 Kristian Dacey 0 0 0
17 Wyn Jones 0 0 0
18 Leon Brown 0 0 0
19 Cory Hill 0 0 0
20 Justin Tipuric 0 0 0
21 Gareth Davies 1 0 0
22 Rhys Priestland 0 0 0
23 Jamie Roberts 0 0 0
New Zealand T C P
15 Damian McKenzie 0 0 0
14 Waisake Naholo 2 0 0
13 Ryan Crotty 0 0 0
12 Sonny Bill Williams 0 0 0
11 Rieko Ioane 2 0 0
10 Beauden Barrett 0 4 0
9 Aaron Smith 0 0 0
1 Kane Hames 0 0 0
2 Codie Taylor 0 0 0
3 Nepo Laulala 0 0 0
4 Patrick Tuipulotu 0 0 0
5 Sam Whitelock 0 0 0
6 Liam Squire 0 0 0
7 Sam Cane 0 0 0
8 Luke Whitelock 0 0 0
16 Nathan Harris 0 0 0
17 Wyatt Crockett 0 0 0
18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi 0 0 0
19 Scott Barrett 0 0 0
20 Matt Todd 0 0 0
21 TJ Perenara 0 0 0
22 Lima Sopoaga 0 0 0
23 Anton Lienert-Brown 1 0 0


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  • There was still plenty of promise from the hosts tonight and as their 2017 campaign wraps up, they will be able to take great hope into next year's Six Nations campaign. As for the All Blacks, they remain safe at the top of the World Rankings - and will hope to consolidate their place in the history books themselves as one of the greatest sides in modern history as the build up to Japan 2019 begins in earnest. Until then though, thank you for joining us - and have a good weekend!
  • The wait goes on for Wales. Warren Gatland's men showed plenty of fighting spirit, but key breakaway tries for both Naholo and Ioane put paid to hopes of his side writing a new chapter in the history books. The All Blacks cap off another remarkable year with a victory in Cardiff; at full-time, it finishes Wales 18-33 New Zealand.
  • Wales are still going, on their eleventh phase, as Wyn Jones tries to haul them towards the line. Priestland tries for a last-gasp kick to touch - and the ball sails over the head of Amos and out on the full as the referee blows for full-time!
  • A round of handbags breaks out between the two sides and Wales get a lineout 10m away from the All Blacks line off a Priestland kick.
  • Sonny Bill Williams tries to slip through on the left flankon halfway but the Welsh line muscle up. The clock is ticking down - barely a minute remains.
  • Dacey is staggered on the attack by a Perenara hit and moments later Wales loose the ball. Whitelock looks set to return from the sin bin too, putting New Zealand back to a full fifteen men.
  • Conversion
    Barrett takes his time in setting up the kick and then slots it over with a calm, cool strike. New Zealand lead by 15 points again; Wales trail 18-33.
  • Try
    That's definitely the game now! Perenara blitz out of the scrum, pulls in Owen Williams as he hurtles from left to right and then ships the short pass to Ioane, who hits the ball flat out and storms through the gap in the sliding Welsh defence. 18-31 with a kick to come now.
  • Not what Wales wanted there - they break up at the scrum against seven New Zealand men and the referee gives the All Blacks the free kick only 20m out from the hosts' line.
  • Lienert-Brown looks to find space on the left wing for the All Blacks, and Halfpenny cuts across to force him into touch.
  • Conversion
    Halfpenny takes his time to line up his effort from the side - and curls it just in at the far right post! It's an eight-point game with eight and a half minutes on the clock.
  • Try
    Gareth Davies looks to go right off Faletau's pass from the scrum - and gets the man overlap on the left! Wales score the try - is there a glimmer of hope on the horizon?
  • Yellow Card
    Faletau turns the scrum and makes the gap, getting brought down just shy of the sticks. Simon Whitelock comes in from the side - and is sin binned! Penalty to Wales again - and now they have a man advantage.
  • Another penalty to Wales after a second scrum collapse and the referee brings across Crockett to reprimind him for both, threatening him with the bin.
  • Wales win a lineout from the kick-off - and suddenly, a brilliant chip, chase and collect from Amos opens up space. Navidi goes close next to the sticks - and then Wales get the penalty scrum, bang in front of the New Zealand line.
  • Conversion
    Barrett doesn't miss from those sort of angles and Wales now trail by 15 points. The All Blacks lead 11-26.
  • Try
    Is that the try that breaks Welsh hearts? Ioane is the recipient of a interception, reading a pass directed for Amos on the wing perfectly to tear down the left flank from midfield and dive down next to the left of the sticks. New Zealand have a 13 point lead - and if they add the extras, it's a three score game, minimum, for Wales to get back into this.
  • Wales force the turnover - and then get the ball again after their punt following a forward pass by Smith.
  • Francis gives away a penalty on halfway now and New Zealand are gifted easy metres after the Welshman spoils the counter-ruck on halfway.
  • Conversion
    Barrett adds the extras and New Zealand have an eight-point lead - Wales trail 11-19 with just over 20 minutes to go.
  • Try
    The All Blacks are in! Wales suffer a defensive lapse on the wing as Lienert-Brown pushes it to Ioane on the left touchline - who then delivers a scrappy offload as Owen Williams swamps him back to the substitute who rounds into the in-goal area and plants near the sticks.
  • Taylor and Scott Barrett advance with a fast-paced fury through centre-field and Halfpenny leathers McKenzie's grubber for the corner back to midfield. This is a thrillingly poised test match.
  • New Zealand get a penalty now on halfway for failure to turn over the ruck by Wales and they march into dangerous territory on the back of Barrett's well-placed kick to touch. The All Blacks win the lineout and threaten to advance - and then Lienert-Brown spills into Shingler's hands and Wales leather the ball down the other end.
  • It's a messy lineout that Hill comes up with - only to lose it to Scott Barrett immediately. His loose pass to McKenzie causes the All Blacks some formation issues and rather than adapting, McKenzie punts for touch on halfway.
  • Wales get a penalty now, just inside the New Zealand half as Davies is pinned down too long by Sonny Bill Williams. Halfpenny punts to the corner - and it's a glorious kick that gives them the lineout 5m out.
  • Halfpenny lends a powerful tackle on Lienert-Brown, only for the All Blacks man to smuggle the ball out wide to the right. McKenzie grubbers down the line and appears to be tripped in pursuit - no decision is given though as the referee halts play for treatment on Francis who went down in a previous phase clutching his knee.
  • A mistake from Amos in midfield sees New Zealand pick his pocket at the ruck and they shift it wide to Sonny Bill Williams who tears down the right flank. He looks set to cut inside Halfpenny and head for the posts; then out of nowhere, Francis races back and forces him into a knock-on. Great work from the Welsh forward to recover.
  • Owen Williams collects a Barrett high bomb on the right wing and looks to bring the ball through midfield, before pushing it onto Rob Evans. Owens pushes it out wide and Biggar's kick spirals high - McKenzie is safe underneath.
  • We're back underway at the Principality Stadium as Wales look to complete history. Can they get a first win over the All Blacks for 64 years?
  • For the opening ten minutes, Wales looked certain to break the deadlock and get over the line - only for a length of the field break in play for Naholo to stun them. Credit then to the hosts, who have never looked dangerously out of this game, even in spells where the All Blacks have been camped on their line - they've held their composure for the most part and are arguably unlucky to trail after 40 minutes. It all hangs in the balance in Cardiff - at half-time, it's Wales 11-12 New Zealand.
  • Halfpenny has the chance from the left touchline to give Wales the lead going into the break - and he just pulls it wide. 11-12 to the visitors as the referee blows for half time!
  • Try
    What a try for Scott Williams! From the lineout, Owen Williams puts it to Amos, who comes in from the wing - and busts the line in centre-field. He ships it wide and left to Biggar who pushes it onto Williams and he slides over in the corner as the Principality Stadium erupts.
  • Bigagr kicks off shortly - and a fumble from McKenzie gives Wales the lineout. We're right on the stroke of half-time...
  • Barrett can't add the extras this time though - so the score remains at 6-12 to the All Blacks.
  • Try
    It's a try! Naholo gets his second and New Zealand increase their lead, after a great spell of pressure on the Welsh line.
  • It's another penalty to New Zealand for offside now as the All Blacks pile up on the Welsh line - and from a quick tap, Sonny Bill Williams goes close on the right, before Smith smuggles it out to the wing for Naholo to ground under immense pressure. The referee wants to check the grounding first though before awarding it...
  • Naholo busts the line on the right flank and makes a great pass to Lienert-Brown who is brought down by Halfpenny at the back. New Zealand then get a penalty for offside on Steff Evans and the All Blacks have a great chance here.
  • Gareth Davies catches a loose ball and volleys it to the wing for Amos to chase with a mad, brilliant kick that just bounces the wrong way and goes out for a lineout.
  • Penalty Goal
    And they get the three! It's a top drawer kick from Halfpenny and he guides it over wonderfully from 40m out. Wales slash the lead to one point - it's 6-7 in Cardiff.
  • That was nearly a spectacular All Blacks try there! Naholo chased a fabulous grubber down the touchline and collects and then tries for a brilliant reverse-flick offload out the back to McKenzie - only for the fullback to knock on. Steff Evans collects and tries for a counter-chip only to be obstructed in pursuit by Barrett - and Wales get a midfield penalty again. Halfpenny points to the sticks - they'll go for the three once more.
  • Wales try to bring it through centre-field on their return again - and Rob Evans knocks on under pressure in the tackle. The All Blacks get the scrum 30m out from their own line.
  • Shingler is forced to bring the ball back in from the left wing and dance around Biggar - who has gone down injured - before getting it to Navidi who breaks the line. He fends off two All Blacks men and then comes down shy by 10m. Owens puts it fast to the right - and Amos drops the sitter of a pass. The chance goes begging for Wales.
  • Biggar kicks for touch down the left edge, hoping for Steff Evans to get it; McKenzie instead snaffles and pumps downfield to relieve the pressure.
  • Halfpenny puts his effort wide, despite the length and New Zealand get the 20m drop out. They put it short in the hope of allowing Sonny Bill Williams to snaffle on the right; Alan Wyn Jones reads it beautifully though and comes up with the ball.
  • Penalty now to Wales, on the back of an advantage play dropped by Cory Hill, who has come on to replace Ball, given against the All Blacks for an offside. Halfpenny will go for goal - 46m out and fairly central.
  • Free-kick to New Zealand from the scrum after the referee penalises Rob Evans for coming in too early. It's not the best effort from Barrett though and the kick finds its way straight to Scott Williams.
  • So close for Wales! Navidi lobs an offload in the tackle, directly under the posts to Faletau - who can't keep hold of it as he tries to force himself to ground over the line under the attentions of Luke Whitelock.
  • Biggar puts the kick downfield - and Shingler manages to come up with the ball after some confusion amongst the All Blacks. The hosts are up to 13 phases and are right back on the door of the New Zealand line.
  • After a prolonged period, play restarts with a scrum once Ball has been taken from the field.
  • A stoppage in play now as Jake Ball joins a tackle and comes off much worse, rolling around on the ground in play. On the All Blacks side, Crotty leaves the field and heads straight down the tunnel - though he doesn't appear to be limping.
  • Amos gets space on the right after Sonny Bill Williams fails to deal with a Biggar high ball and he races down the right flank for 10m or so, before the New Zealand centre recovers to drag him into touch. Good recovery there from the All Blacks defence.
  • Conversion
    It's a touchline conversion attempt for Barrett who swings it beautifully in, curling just inside the close right post. New Zealand lead 7-3 in Cardiff.
  • Try
    Indeed, it is - and what a finish by Naholo too. Wales have piled all the pressure on so far but with that breakway, the All Blacks show their ruthless edge and take the lead.
  • Are New Zealand in with the first try? A length of the field effort sees Ioane make a bust through the Welsh line in midfield and slip an inside pass to Smith who then, faced with two defenders, booms it wide to the right to Naholo who leaps and looks to have grounded in the corner. To the TMO for the first time in this game...
  • The scrum requires a reformation and eventually Wales get it out wide to Amos who grubbers through for the touchline - only for Owens to be pulled for offside in pursuit. Penalty to Australia.
  • Wales get a lineout in a great spot, 10m out from the New Zealand line, except Faletau can't take it in. He gets a let-off though - the ball is flung back to Smith and smacks him in the face before he bobbles his attempted catch. Welsh scrum on that left flank for the hosts.
  • Penalty Goal
    It's the easiest of kicks and the fullback knocks it over with no trouble at all. Wales are on the board first and lead 3-0.
  • This is a fabulous set in defence from the All Blacks, with Cane and Tuipulotu making some great counter-ruck plays - before they concede a penalty bang in front of the sticks, ten metres out for a head-to-the-floor tackle on Webb. Halfpenny opts to go for goal.
  • It's a brutal scrum that slows Wales down but they get the ball out eventually and try to push over on the left. Crotty lands a good tackle to push Wyn Jones back, whilst behind him, Webb appears to be limping, the scrum-half looking pained.
  • Mistake from the All Blacks after Sonny Bill Williams throws a pass to a static Barrett who spills; Biggar hacks the ball towards the New Zealand line and Ioane gets back in time to ground for a 5m scrum to the hosts.
  • Biggar opts for a change of pace by going for a kick on the 20th phae and McKenzie misses it entirely as it bounces in the back right corner. Barrett recovers and punts out for a midfield scrum.
  • It's a fluid Welsh attack so far that reaches the fifteenth phase as Scott Williams threads to Owen Williams on the left, with Barrett landing a big hit to push them back to the 20m mark.
  • And we're off at the Principality Stadium! New Zealand get us underway and Biggar returns with a kick of his own - that Naholo bobbles, spilling it to Rob Evans. Wales are on the attack, 30m out from the All Blacks line.
  • Anthems over and now the All Blacks perform the Haka. We're moments away - do Wales have what it takes to register their first win against New Zealand for 64 years?
  • Teams are now out for the national anthems in Cardiff.
  • Subs: Harris, Crockett, Tu'ungafasi, Barrett, Todd, Perenara, Sopoaga, Lienert-Brown
  • NEW ZEALAND: Hames, Taylor, Laulala, Tuipulotu, S Whitelock, Squire, Cane, L Whitelock, Smith, Barrett, Ioane, SB Williams, Crotty, Naholo, McKenzie
  • Subs: Dacey, W Jones, Brown, Hill, Tipuric, Davies, Priestland, Roberts
  • WALES: R Evans, Owens, Francis, Ball, AW Jones, Shingler, Navidi, Faletau, Webb, Biggar, S Evans, O Williams, S Williams, Amos, Halfpenny
  • Team news now in...
  • For New Zealand, Waisake Naholo has scored four tries in his last four games, while he’s also crossed the try line three times in two previous starts against Wales, his most against a single opponent. As for the hosts, Hallam Amos has scored two tries in his two Autumn International appearances in 2017, more than he’d scored in his previous 11 Tests – and Scott Williams gets his 50th cap for country.
  • Wales had an arduous job in defence against their lower-tier opposition last week; they were forced to make 200 tackles against Georgia, more than any other top-tier nation in action. They may have additional concerns against the All Blacks in that area too; New Zealand made a whopping 15 clean breaks against Scotland when they met on Saturday.
  • The All Blacks have won their last 15 games in Cardiff against Wales running out with a twelve-point-plus margin of victory on nine of the last 11 occasions. In addition, they haven't lost more than two games in a calendar year since 2009, whilst they haven't lost to three different opponents in a season since 2000.
  • Hello and welcome to week 6 of the 2017 Autumn Internationals as Wales look to put a win over New Zealand for the first time in 64 years at Principality Stadium in Cardiff. The All Blacks arrive on the back of a tight victory against Scotland last week whilst their hosts won their first ever encounter against Georgia. Can Warren Gatland mastermind a little bit of history today? Kick-off is just around the corner.

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