Wales suf­fer more All Blacks agony

Sunday Sun - - Rugby Union -

WALES suf­fered a 30th suc­ces­sive de­feat against New Zealand as the world cham­pion All Blacks ended their Euro­pean tour in win­ning fash­ion.

But Wales will view it as an op­por­tu­nity missed to end 64 years of hurt in the fix­ture af­ter not cap­i­tal­is­ing on sev­eral scor­ing chances.

New Zealand won 33-18 through wings Waisake Na­holo and Rieko Ioane WALES NEW ZEALAND 18 33

both claim­ing try dou­bles, while sub­sti­tute cen­tre An­ton Lienert-Brown also touched down and fly-half Beau­den Bar­rett kicked four con­ver­sions.

Wales replied with tries from Scott Wil­liams, who marked his 50th cap in style, and scrum-half Gareth Davies. Leigh Half­penny kicked eight points, yet a ca­pac­ity 74,500 Prin­ci­pal­ity Sta­dium crowd could not in­spire the tri­umph they yearn for more than any other.

Wales head coach Warren Gat­land failed to mas­ter­mind another suc­cess over his op­po­site num­ber Steve Hansen al­most five months af­ter man­ag­ing it with the Bri­tish and Ir­ish Lions in New Zealand.

And while the All Blacks never re­motely hit top gear, they were ruth­less in at­tack at key mo­ments, tak­ing the try-count 5-2.

Wales coach Warren Gat­land said: “I thought it was a great Test match. At half­time I felt we’d given them soft tries. I said yes­ter­day we had a good chance of win­ning if we could con­tain their wingers and that was the dif­fer­ence be­tween us.”

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