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As it happened: All Blacks v Wales

Published: 2:32PM Saturday November 24, 2012 Source: ONE Sport

Follow the live action as the All Blacks take on Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

FULLTIME

All Blacks 33 (Liam Messam, Tony Woodcock, Luke Romano tries; Aaron Cruden four penalties and three conversions) Wales 10 (Scott Williams, Alex Cuthbert tries); HT: 23-0 

Once they got their noses in front in the opening exchanges, it was just a matter of captalising on Welsh errors and the All Blacks are pretty clinical in those circumstances.

Another win over an old, respected foe and now on to Twickenham for the tour climax against England.

 

SECOND HALF

80th minute: Wales 10-33 NZ

Wales have another chance, after Cuthbert streaks almost the length of the field. When his pass goes loose, the All Blacks regather and are able to stamp out the threat as the final whistle sounds. Richie McCaw is named man of the match.

75th minute: Wales 10-33 NZ

TRY! Wales have another prime opportunity, when Jane and Dagg make a hash of a deep kick that stays tantalisingly in the field of play. They eventually work the ball wide right for Cuthbert to cross in the corner, but Halfpenny misses the conversion.

Ben Smith has replaced Savea - NZ's last subtitution.

70th minute: Wales 5-33 NZ

Some ugly moustaches among the All Blacks and Barrett's is a particular disgrace.

Jane rejoins the fray and Vito replaces Messam.

68th minute: Wales 5-33 NZ

From a scrum inside the Welsh 22, Read drives towards the line and the All Blacks are eventually penalised for not releasing.

Both first-fives are subbed off - Barrett for Cruden and Hook for Priestland. Very different days for the two starting pivots.

60th minute: Wales 5-33 NZ

And now they have to do it without Jane, who deliberately knocks down a final pass in the Welsh backline and received a yellow card.

Faumuina replaces Frank in the front row.

57th minute: Wales 5-33 NZ

TRY! Wales win a scrum penalty inside the AB 22 and from the sustained pressure, they force a lineout. They put everyone in the line and when they win it, Scott Williams is driven over by all his team-mates - that's what Canada tried against the Maori yesterday. Brilliant!

The try goes unconverted, but the Welsh have their tails up and are getting a steady supply of possession now. The All Blacks just need to hang on.

54th minute: Wales 0-33 NZ

Wales continue to take the game to NZ and take quick taps at consecutive penalties, really putting pressure on the defence to make tackles. But the All Blacks are up for the challenge and eventually force a handling error that kills the opportunity.

Coles is on for Hore at hooker.

51st minute: Wales 0-33 NZ

All Blacks making changes - Weepu for Smith, Crocket for Woodcock and Retallick for Romano.

48th minute: Wales 0-33 NZ

TRY! All Blacks mounting pressure from the 22 and Savea again provides some superb skill, making a half break to draw the last defence, before passing wide to a charging Romano. Cruden again curls the conversion over from the left sideline.

47th minute: Wales 0-26 NZ

The Welsh surge out of their own half and hot on attack, but Savea pounces on a loose ball and the ABs counterattack through Smith. His pass is behind Cruden and the play breaks down.

41st minute: Wales 0-26 NZ

Wales secure possession from the kick-off, but the All Blacks immediately tie up the ball and force the turnover. The scrum turns into a penalty and Cruden slots another kick from directly in front.

NZ are making this look like a very simple game indeed.

 

Halftime stats show Wales have conceded eight penalties and missed 14 tackles - big numbers.

They've tried to take the game to the All Blacks, but they've maybe pushed too hard and Priestland's errors kicking for touch have been huge.

 

FIRST HALF

39th minute: Wales 0-23 NZ

TRY! All Blacks are on attack again, but Joubert has Wales for hands in the ruck. Cruden finds touch five metres out from the try-line and from the lineout, Woodcock is there to grab the tap and bust through the middle of the line for the try.

That was a carbon copy of the famous RWC final try! Cruden converts and the teams are off for halftime oranges.

33rd minute: Wales 0-16 NZ

Jonathan Davies breaks out of Welsh territory and finds Williams, but he's brought down by Dagg. The ball is knocked on, but referee Craig Joubert has the All Blacks for offside and Priestland again fails to find touch with the penalty. That's a heartbreaker for the hosts.

26th minute: Wales 0-16 NZ

TRY! Dagg makes a break out of the NZ half and sends Savea away down the left side. When he stumbles, Cruden is there to secure possession, the ball is swung along a backline that features lots of low numbers, until finally Messam is given the overlap down the right to score. Cruden converts from wide out.

22nd minute: Wales 0-9 NZ

NZ are stringing together some phases, but Warburton is pinged for reaching across a ruck to steal the ball and Cruden has another shot at goal. From midway between the 22 and 10m marks, he's on target again.

18th minute: Wales 0-6 NZ

Welsh second-five Jamie Roberts is struggling after a heavy tackle, but meantime, Jane puts a little chip kick in on the right side and catches the home side offside. Cruden's long-range penalty just creeps over the bar.

Scott Williams replaces Roberts, so that's three substitutes and not even quarter of the game gone.

14th minute: Wales 0-3 NZ

From a scrum infringement, NZ take the quick tap and Savea is bundled out on the corner flag.

Ninth minute: Wales 0-3 NZ

The All Blacks have possession, really, for the first time on attack and the Welsh are penalised for trying to kill the ball at the breakdown. Cruden lines up a kick from just outside the 22 and puts first points on the board.

Seventh minute: Wales 0-0 NZ

Wales get another penalty, but Priestland's kick for touch is wayward and goes dead in goal - back we go to the mark for an NZ scrum.

Third minute: Wales 0-0 NZ

Woodcock is penalised for putting his hand on the ground at scrum time and Priestland has turned down the kick at goal, finding the touchline instead. But from the lineout, the All Blacks hold up the maul and win the turnover.

Second minute: Wales 0-0 NZ

Davis is down and out in back play, taken out by Andrew Hore off the ball. He was hit high and is gradually getting to his feet, but not looking good.

Davis is going off for assessment and Aaron Shingler is replacing him. Hore could be in trouble for this.

At the same time, prop Jarvis is being carried off, after an injury in the opening exchanges - he's replaced by Scott Andrews.

Wales are already down two replacements in the first two minutes.

First minute: Wales 0-0 NZ

Lucky Millennium has a roof, because the weather is tearing Cardiff a new one outside.

About 72,500 Welsh spectators do a fine rendition of their national anthem - as you'd expect - and now the haka. What have the Welsh got this time?

It's the "A" haka - the one the All Blacks do when they're serious! Weepu is whipping them into a frenzy and the crowd is going off.

Awesome!

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge are in the house - the gang's all here. 

Preistland kicks off for Wales.

 

PRE-GAME

What loomed as the highlight of New Zealand's northern tour has taken on added intrigue with the withdrawal of injured first-five Dan Carter, and Wales' stunning losses to Argentina and Samoa on consecutive weekends.

Aaron Cruden, as he has previously, steps into the void left by Carter and TVNZ facebook features some debate about whether he should now take over as the All Blacks first-choice pivot with a view towards the next Rugby World Cup. Maybe Carter's fitness issues mean he cannot be counted on to still be around in three years?

Wales' loss of form seems a far cry from their efforts at last year's RWC and Six Nations, but it would be dangerous to assume they've lost their touch.

The great leveller could be Millennium Stadium and the atmosphere there will be another step in Cruden's development as an international first-five.

All Blacks: 15 - Israel Dagg, 14 - Cory Jane, 13 - Conrad Smith, 11 - Julian Savea, 12 - Ma'a Nonu, 10 - Aaron Cruden, 9 - Aaron Smith, 8 - Kieran Read, 6 - Liam Messam, 7 - Richie McCaw (c), 5 - Sam Whitelock, 4 - Luke Romano, 3 - Owen Franks, 2 - Andrew Hore, 1 - Tony Woodcock.

Reserves: 16 - Dane Coles, 17 - Wyatt Crockett, 8. Charlie Faumuina, 19 - Brodie Retallick, 20 - Victor Vito, 21 - Piri Weepu, 22 - Beauden Barrett, 23 - Ben Smith.

Wales: 15 - Leigh Halfpenny, 14 - Alex Cuthbert, 13 - Jonathan Davies, 12 - Jamie Roberts, 11 - Liam Williams, 10 - Rhys Priestland, 9 - Mike Phillips; 8 - Toby Faletau, 7 - Sam Warburton, 6 - Ryan Jones, 5 - Luke Charteris, 4 - Bradley Davies, 3 - Aaron Jarvis, 2 - Matthew Rees, 1 - Paul James.

Reserves: 16 - Ken Owens, 17 - Gethin Jenkins, 18 - Scott Andrews, 19 - Aaron Shingler, 20 - Justin Tipuric, 21 - Tavis Knoyle, 22 - James Hook, 23 - Scott Williams

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