Ruth­less All Blacks seal se­ries win over bat­tling Wales

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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.”

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