Wales suffer more All Blacks agony
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.”