New Zealand recover to cruise past Wales

Taulupe Faletau scores for Wales

New Zealand (15) 39
Tries: J Savea, Naholo (2), Read, Harris Pens: Cruden (4) Cons: Cruden (2)
Wales (18) 21
Tries: Faletau, Webb Pens: Biggar (3) Con: Biggar

New Zealand pulled away to a 27th consecutive win over battling Wales in a compelling Test match at Eden Park.

Wales led after an hour, but the world champions scored 21 unanswered points in the final quarter to overpower them.

All Blacks wing Waisake Naholo scored twice with Julian Savea, Keiran Read and Nathan Harris also crossing.

Taulupe Faletau and Rhys Webb scored for Wales, but they could not mark Alun Wyn Jones’ 100th appearance with a first win in New Zealand.

Referee Wayne Barnes controversially disallowed a touchdown by TJ Perenara to the consternation of the home crowd, but redressed the balance by ruling out Faletau’s late try.

Wales’ last win against the All Blacks was in 1953, and under coach Warren Gatland they have won only once in 31 games against teams from the southern hemisphere.

New Zealand: Ben Smith, Waisake Naholo, Malakai Fekitoa, Ryan Crotty, Julian Savea, Aaron Cruden, Aaron Smith; Joe Moody, Dane Coles, Owen Franks, Luke Romano, Brodie Retallick, Jerome Kaino, Kieran Read (captain), Sam Cane.

Replacements: Nathan Harris, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Patrick Tuipulotu, Ardie Savea, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Seta Tamanivalu.

Wales: Liam Williams, George North, Jonathan Davies, Jamie Roberts, Hallam Amos, Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb; Gethin Jenkins, Ken Owens, Samson Lee, Bradley Davies, Alun Wyn Jones, Ross Moriarty, Sam Warburton, Taulupe Faletau.

Replacements: Scott Baldwin, Rob Evans, Tomas Francis, Jake Ball, Ellis Jenkins, Gareth Davies, Gareth Anscombe, Scott Williams.

Referee: Wayne Barnes (England).

Assistant Referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Will Houston (Australia).

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