Ruthless All Blacks seal series win over battling Wales
New Zealand captain Kieran Read admitted his side had been made to work very hard by Wales despite the All Blacks producing a dominant second-half performance to secure a seriesdeciding 36-22 win in Wellington.
The world champions scored 26 unanswered after the break, thanks to tries from Ben Smith, Beauden Barrett, Waisake Naholo and Ardie Savea, to go 2-0 up in the three-match series.
But even after the second-half blitz, Wales refused to accept defeat as Liam Williams and Jonathan Davies both crossed the line late on. “It was a tough Test match. The Welsh are a really battle-hardened team and kept flying at us,” said Read. “We got a bit of extra ball in that second half and were able to make it pay. “They are an exceptionally good side, they really pushed us and attacked really well. They made us defend for long periods of time and made us work really hard for our win, and thankfully we've got a team which does that, which is great.”
Despite falling to a series defeat, Wales skipper Sam Warburton said his side would continue to play expansive rugby as they look to finish their tour with victory in Dunedin.
“New Zealand have proved why they’re the best team in the world. They were extremely clinical,” he said. “But we'll never give up. We want to try and throw the ball around a little bit.”