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New Zealand beat Wales in Auckland




The first of the Big June Internationals kicks off in Auckland New Zealand where Rugby World Cup champion All Blacks host Wales.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

The anthems are being sung.

Time for the Haka. Aaron Smith leads the Haka. The Haka is done and the teams line up for the kick off.

0.001: Aaron Cruden kicks off and the match is underway.

1.00: The All Blacks are awarded the first penalty of the match for hands in the ruck. Cruden signals that he will kick for posts.

2.00: Cruden takes the shot but hits the post. The All Blacks get the ball back and attack in the Wales 22. They chip the ball wide and chase for the corner but Liam Williams gets to the ball and saves the try- Just.

4.00: Cruden sees that the All Blacks have the advantage so he kicks to the touchline for Waisake Naholo to chase but the ball goes into touch. Cruden gets another shot at the posts for the penalty.

5.00: Cruden takes the kick and nails it. New Zealand lead.

8.00: Wales enjoy a strong spell with the ball as they go through 9 phases and get into the New Zealand 22. They change sides and stretch the All Blacks and Taulupe Faletau beats Sam Cane to the corner and scores. TRY ! Wales lead.

9.00: Dan Biggar takes the conversion kick but misses – wide to the right.

11.00: Penalty to New Zealand for obstruction. Cruden kicks for touch and the line out.

13.00: New Zealand win the line out and get the ball out to Naholo. They press Wales back into their 22 as they go through 9 quick phases.

14.00: The All Blacks get to the 5m line and Cruden kicks wide to the corner and Julian Savea jumps high for the ball – catches it and scores. TRY!

15.00: Cruden’s conversion kick goes wide. New Zealand lead.

17.00:The All Blacks get the ball in their 22 from a high kick, Ben Smith gets the ball and races through at pace and offloads to Naholo who slips off a couple of weak tackles and goes off to score. TRY!

18.00: Cruden adds the conversion.

21.00: Penalty to Wales. Biggar takes the conversion kick and nails it. Wales needed that.

23.00: Liam Williams breaks for Wales but his kick is charged down/kicked down. The All Blacks are offside though so Wales have a penalty.

24.00: Biggar takes the penalty kick and nails it. Wales chipping away at the lead.

28.00: The All Blacks work the ball into Wales’ 22 with a run from Naholo. Wales slow the attack and then turn the ball over and kick it into touch.

30.00: New Zealand win the line out but after a couple of phases Wales turn the ball over. Wales go through a couple of phases and Liam Williams gets the ball into space by stepping through a gap, he offloads to Rhys Webb who scores next to the posts. TRY!

Biggar adds the conversion and Wales are back in front.

35.00: Sam Warburton wins a penalty for Wales at the breakdown. Biggar kicks to the corner for the line out.

37.00: Wales win the line out and go through 8 phases. There is a kick ahead and the ball is lost. The whistle goes for the TMO to review if a try has been scored or a knock on. No Try but Wales have a 5m scrum.

38.00: The scrum has to be reset.

39.00: Wales win the scrum and Jonathan Davies goes for the line. He is stopped but the ball is recycled. Ross Moriarty also has a go and is stopped. Wales continue to attack but they eventually run out of space and get pushed into touch.

4.00: New Zealand win the line out and kick the ball into touch. It’s half time.

The half time score was New Zealand 15 Wales 18

Wales kick off and the second half is underway.

42.00: Julian Savea comes off and is replaced by Beauden Barrett. Ben Smith takes an early knock. He has moved to the wing. Its not clear why the replacement happened.

43.00: Wales win a scrum and work the ball into the All Blacks 22. After several phases the All Blacks turn the ball over and run it. They make some ground and then kick.

44.00: Jake Ball comes on for Alun Wyn Jones. Unclear if its blood, concussion or straight replacement. The game resumes with a scrum but then they kick the ball into touch.  Charlie Faumuina comes on for Owen Franks.

46.00: New Zealand turn the ball over after Wales win the line out. Cruden puts the Welsh tryline under pressure but Wales hold on and almost get away for a break out run. They are called back though as there was an advantage being played. In all of that Malakai Fekitoa almost got through but Rhys Webb put in a try saving tackle.

47.00: Cruden slots the penalty and the scores are level.

49.00: Luke Romano is penalised for taking a player out in the air. Biggar takes the penalty kick but misses. Alun Wyn Jones is back on.

51.00: Wales look threatening and almost get away but they are called back for a penalty. Biggar takes the kick this time he nails it. Wales lead.

53.00; The All Blacks press Wales back into their half before Wales turn the ball over and Webb kicks upfield.

54.00: The All Blacks begin their attack in the Welsh half and they kick ahead but the ball goes to Biggar and he kicks for touch.

56.00: Penalties mounting against New Zealand who are looking a little frustrated. This time for slowing the ball down (Kaino). Wales take the line out.

57.00: Penalty to New Zealand, Cruden will have a shot at the posts.

58.00: Cruden’s shot at goal is poor and he misses. Wales get the ball and run it to the half way line. New Zealand turn it over and attack.

59.00: The All Blacks get into the Welsh 22 and go for the corner. They are pushed into touch on the 5m line.

61.00: The All Blacks muscle the ball to the Welsh tryline. Wales hang on as the All Blacks go through 7 phases. Penalty to New Zealand.

62.00: The All Blacks tap it and Naholo snipes and slips through. TMO George Ayoub is called on to check. It’s a TRY!

63.00: Cruden adds the conversion. All Blacks lead again.

64.00: Wales are going to the bench. Liam Williams is replaced by Gareth Anscombe. Jamie Roberts has also been replaced.

66.00: The All Blacks set up a line out just outside the Welsh 22. They use the maul but it goes sideways.

67.00: New Zealand go through 8 phases on attack and as they get in front of the posts. Kieran Read slips off a tackle and dives over to score under the posts. TRY!

69.00: Aaron Cruden adds the conversion. All Blacks lead and look relieved.

70.00: The ball is kicked upfield and there is a race for the ball as its open field ahead. Wales just win the race and secure the ball (Scott Williams).

The All Blacks continue to attack and they stretch Wales’s defence and Cruden slips a pass to TJ Perenara who scores. The TMO checks it. No try. Forward pass.

71.00: Wales win a free kick from the scrum – they tap it. Somehow Faletau gets the ball as Wales kick ahead and races away to score. However the TMO reviews the kick and he was ahead of the kicker. No try.

74.00: The All Blacks knock on in the Wales half which gives Wales a scrum. They win the scrum and run the ball into the All Black half.

75.00: Penalty to Wales. They kick to the corner for the line out.

76.00: After some broken play Wales chip the ball ahead and set up a scrum on the All Black 5m line.

77.00: Wales win a penalty from the scrum. They run it. Wales get to 1m out but lose the ball.

78.0: The All Blacks get the ball from Wales’s knock and run it to the Welsh 22m line. Wales turn the ball over and try to run the ball out. They knock on.

80.00: The hooter sounds but there is time for the scrum.

81.00: The scrum completes. All Blacks run the ball into the Wales 22, Charlie Faumuina offloads to Nathan Harris who crashes over and scores. TRY!

82.00: Cruden adds the conversion.

Thats it. All Blacks win by 18.

The full time score is New Zealand 39 (15) Wales 21 (18) 


New Zealand
Tries – J.Savea. W.Naholo 2, K.Read, N.Harris
Pen – A.Cruden 2
Con – A.Cruden 4
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – T.Faletau, R.Webb
Pen – D.Biggar 3
Con – D.Biggar
Drop –
Cards –

Attendance : 46270

Match Officials
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant Ref 1:Jaco Peyper (South Africa),
Assistant Ref 2:Will Houston (Australia)
TMO : George Ayoub


New Zealand

15 Ben Smith, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Joe Moody.

Replacements : 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Seta Tamanivalu.


15 Liam Williams, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Hallam Amos, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Sam Warburton (c), 6 Ross Moriarty, 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 4 Bradley Davies, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Gethin Jenkins.

Replacements : 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Rob Evans, 18 Tomas Francis, 19 Jake Ball, 20 Ellis Jenkins, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Gareth Anscombe, 23 Scott Williams.

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