Wales 10 - 33 New Zealand

Match info: International at Principality Stadium, Cardiff

Date: 24/11/2012 KO: 17:15

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


TriesWilliams (57) Cuthbert (77)


New Zealand

TriesMessam (27) Woodcock (39) Romano (49)ConversionsCruden (27, 40, 50)PenaltiesCruden (9, 19, 22, 43)

FT (ht: 0-23)

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  • Cuthbert has finished the game superbly as he ran well from the restart but nothing came to fruition for the hosts. It was a much better second-half from Wales but New Zealand have once again been a class above tonight. They now head to Twickenham while Wales prepare to tackle Australia. Thank you for following our commentary!

  • Halfpenny's conversion shaves the outside of the upright.

  • CUTHBERT TRY! 10-33! That is much better from Wales. After patient rugby they shifted the ball to the right and a nice pull-back pass from Liam Williams sends over his wing partner. Something else for the Cardiff crowd to get excited about.

  • So calm (maybe too calm) from Dagg and Jane as they try to get out of trouble in their own 22. And it backfires as possession is turned over to allow Wales a great position to cross. They go through the phases with a penalty advantage in their pocket.

  • It is all very quiet at the Millennium Stadium as Weepu waits to put in close to halfway and smart Highlanders full-back Ben Smith warms up on the sideline.

  • Messam is replaced by Victor Vito.

  • Jane returns to the field after his ten-minute spell in the sin-bin and he'll join his team-mates on an attack. Not anymore though as replacement fly-half Beauden Barrett coughs up the ball in a frustrating personal error for the young Hurricane.

  • A captain's effort from Warburton there keeps New Zealand at bay. The Blues man forced a penalty at the breakdown to relieve a big amount of pressure.

  • Yes they are awake now and will have a scrum five metres from the Welsh whitewash with the whole width of the pitch to work with. Stay tuned to see if they can cross for the fourth time tonight. You wouldn't bet against it happening would you?

  • New Zealand have gone to sleep in the last ten minutes but do have possession via a scrum on their own 22. But all credit to Wales though as things are finally starting to click. They have some defending to do now though with Coles taking it up.

  • JANE YELLOW! Wales have woken up. Faletau now streaks clear from the restart which sparks another attack down the left wing. But hang on a minute, Jane has been sent to the sin-bin for deliberately slapping down the ball.

  • S WILLIAMS TRY! 5-33! Save this for a 'what happened next'. Wales have just put all fifteen players in the line-out and then driven over, with the centre Williams the man crashing over. Clever rugby before Halfpenny misses the extras.

  • This is much better from Wales though as they enjoy a good period of possession in the All Blacks' 22. Is this the moment where they cross the whitewash? No, obstruction is called by referee Joubert. He was playing advantage to Wales though.

  • Wales have lost another prop as James limps off for Jenkins.

  • Wales have progressed to within 20 metres now but can they breach this black wall? Williams tries before good patience is shown by the Welsh against what is an organised defence. And eventually the error comes which leads to loud cheers from NZ.

  • On come Retallick, Weepu and Crockett for New Zealand while I can see Tipuric on the field for Wales, who are in possession on halfway with Phillips.

  • CRUDEN CONVERSION! 0-33! Seven from seven.

  • ROMANO TRY! 0-31! Too easy. Conrad Smith, Jane and Dagg combine initially before Savea draws and gives on the other touchline to his big lock.

  • Here come the All Blacks from their own 22 as Aaron Smith darts down the touchline before he looks to find half-back partner Cruden. However, the pass isn't held so it will be a Welsh scrum on their own ten-metre. So, will they hold Wales to 0?

  • And the loudest cheer of the night from the home crowd goes to Prince Williams who appears on the big screen. That sums up how things have gone for Gatland's men this past 44 minutes. All Blacks scrum about 30 from their own line.


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