All Blacks romp to grand slam win over Wales

New Zealand completed their November tour in style on Saturday by defeating Wales 37-25 to record their third grand slam of the home unions in five years.

The All Blacks out-scored the Welsh by five tries to one while flyhalf Daniel Carter broke Jonny Wilkinson’s world record tally of 1 178 points with his second kick of the match.

Carter, who needed three points to edge the Englishman, converted a penalty from just inside the Welsh half and straight in front of the posts, but otherwise had an indifferent day with the boot.

Left wing Hosea Gear scored a try in each half to take his tally for the tour to five and fullback Mils Muliaina added a try to the brace he scored against Scotland. Gear crossed the line in only the fourth minute when Sonny Bill Williams fed Isaia Toeava coming off his right wing. Toeava surged through as the Welsh defence held off and lobbed a pass to Gear who scored a simple try in the corner.

Muliaina was the next to cross the Welsh line after Carter completely fooled the Welsh defenders by jogging at half pace, then accelerating suddenly to feed the fullback who raced through on the inside against some more flimsy Welsh defending.


Stephen Jones kept Wales within touch in the first 40 minutes with three penalties which restricted the All Blacks to a 13-9 lead at halftime despite their overall superiority.

Wales enjoyed their best passage of play just after the break with centre Tom Shanklin twice bursting through the first line of defenders.

Braid sin-binned
New Zealand’s replacement number eight Daniel Braid was sent to the sinbin after deliberately holding on to the ball on the ground for the second successive time and Jones narrowed the gap to one point with a simple penalty.

But New Zealand were not to be denied. Conrad Smith wrestled a path through the Welsh defenders and fed his centre partner Ma’a Nonu who had replaced Williams. Nonu linked with captain Richie McCaw and the ball went to Gear who raced over in the corner.

Jones slotted two further penalties before New Zealand put the game beyond reach when Welsh fullback Lee Bryne failed to clear near his line and the ball went through forwards Brad Thorn and replacement Anthony Boric to Toeava who crossed to score.

Replacement prop John Afoa rubbed salt in Welsh wounds with an easy try and Wales’s only try of the match in the final minute to Byrne came far too late to influence the result.

New Zealand, who host the World Cup for the second time in 2011, finished the year with one loss in 14 matches while Wales have won only two of their last 13.

The All Blacks are yet again the undisputed world number one side but they will fly home needing no reminding from either at home or abroad that they have not lifted the Webb Ellis trophy since they hosted the inaugural tournament in 1987.

Subscribe to the M&G

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years, and we’ve survived right from day one thanks to the support of readers who value fiercely independent journalism that is beholden to no-one. To help us continue for another 35 future years with the same proud values, please consider taking out a subscription.

Related stories

England and NZ search for perfection

After sterling quarterfinals, momentum will decide this much-anticipated mini-final

All Blacks coach Hansen says Springboks are NZ’s ‘biggest rival’

The coach admits that this weekend's match against England will be a mighty clash, but insists that they are not his side's fiercest rival

A tropical subject: Could typhoons hit Rugby World Cup?

Here are some of the key questions as one of the world's natural disaster hotspots prepares to host one of the world's biggest sporting events

Call Carter: All Blacks legend settles Bledisloe Cup nerves

The defending world cup champions have brought a two-time winner to advise creative players in the setup

Coach drops top All Blacks

Steve Hansen wants a “200%” improvement from his players for their clash with the Aussies

How have the All Blacks remained the world’s best for over a decade?

New Zealand have a chance to do the incredible in Japan later this year and win a third consecutive World Cup
Advertising

Subscribers only

Free State branches gun for Ace

Parts of the provincial ANC will target their former premier, Magashule, and the Free State PEC in a rolling mass action campaign

SAA bailout raises more questions

As the government continues to grapple with the troubles facing the airline, it would do well to keep on eye on the impending Denel implosion

More top stories

Hawks swoop down with more arrests in R1.4-billion corruption blitz

The spate of arrests for corruption continues apace in Gauteng and the Eastern Cape.

Catholic NGO boss accused of racism and abuse in Sudan

The aid worker allegedly called his security guard a ‘slave’

Agrizzi too ill to be treated at Bara?

The alleged crook’s “health emergency” — if that is what it is — shows up the flaws, either in our health system or in our leadership as a whole

SANDF hid R200m expenditure on ‘Covid’ drug it can’t use

Military health officials are puzzled by the defence department importing a drug that has not been approved for treating coronavirus symptoms from Cuba
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…

The best local and international journalism

handpicked and in your inbox every weekday