New Zealand vs. Wales: Score, Reaction from 2016 International Tour Test, Game 3

By Christopher Simpson
at Internationaled.org

Published: June 25, 2016

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New Zealand completed a clean sweep of victories in the third test of their International Tour series at home to Wales, comprehensively beating them 46-6 at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Saturday.

Ben Smith and George Moala—the latter with his second try in just his second All Blacks appearance—gave them a healthy lead at the break. In the second half, a Beauden Barrett brace and tries for Dane Coles and Israel Dagg completed the rout.

The Welsh failed to take the few chances they had and faded badly late in the game as the floodgates opened, with New Zealand proving as ruthless and relentless as ever in an outstanding performance all over the pitch.



Amid a lively start, Wales drew first blood through a Dan Biggar penalty in the sixth minute after Sam Cane was penalised for not rolling away, while two uncharacteristic drops from Julian Savea compounded New Zealand's problems.

The hosts gradually began to regain and keep possession of the ball, though, and pushed forward in kind. Soon enough they were rewarded with a penalty, which Barrett duly dispatched to level the score.

Another Biggar penalty earned Wales a brief respite, but the All Blacks continued to attack with verve. Aaron Smith picked out his namesake Ben in the right corner, and despite an outstanding tackle from Hallam Amos, the winger was deemed to have grounded the ball before his knee was in touch.



Sports broadcaster Tony Veitch and writer Murray Kinsella reflected on the excellent play from both Smiths:



Barrett was unable to add the extras from a tight angle, but he soon added another penalty as New Zealand opened up some breathing room on Wales.

The score almost went from bad to worse for Warren Gatland's side when Moala went over, but the television match official ruled it as no try—under pressure from Liam Williams, he was unable to ...
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Rugby Union

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