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By Tim Hart
Published: 3pm 26 November 2010
FULL-TIME: Wales 25-37 New Zealand
7.07pm: Simply put New Zealand were far more clinical and ultimately just a superior team.
7.06pm: But Wales have the final word with Lee Byrne going over to score a try. At last Wales make n overlap count. Stephen Jones gets the conversion and it finishes Wales 25-37 New Zealand.
7.05pm: Jerome Kaino has been named man of the match and rightly so, he has been a colossus for New Zealand.
7.03pm: What a cheap shot by Andy Powell. That’s such a high tackle by Powell on Richie McCaw. None of the officials saw it but that will be a sighting. Terrible tackle, he’s never far from controversy is he?
7.01pm: Carter isn’t missing anything this half and he gets the conversion to make it Wales 18-37 New Zealand.
7pm: The crowd have gone flat again and a great inside pass from Jimmy Cowan sees prop John Afoa run through to score another try for New Zealand.
6.58pm: And New Zealand are just so clinical. Isaia Toeava is released on the wing and he scores New Zealand’s fourth try. Carter gets the conversion and it’s now Wales 18-30 New Zealand
6.56pm: Good tackle on Hosea Gear by Matthew Rees and Wales regain possession but a shockingly poor clearance by James Hook who’s tackled just before trying to kick the ball gives it straight to New Zealand.
6.55pm: New Zealand, though, are being ferocious in the tackle looking for a turnover at every opportunity.
6.54pm: Wales now look to be on top as New Zealand look to be a little shaky. The crowd has found its voice once more.
6.53pm: What a kick! From 53 metres Jones scores the penalty and Wales are in touching distance once again. Wales 18-23 New Zealand
6.52pm: Eventually the referee has enough and awards Wales a penalty after Tony Woodcock collapses another scrum. Can Stephen Jones get another penalty and make it 6 from 7 kicks?
6.50pm: Oh here we go again. The scrums are really taking the pace out of the game. It’s just so dull. We’ve nearly had eight minutes worth of scrums so far this match.
6.49pm: But Wales don’t care as Stephen Jones converts the penalty. Wales 15-23 New Zealand.
6.48pm: Wales get a penalty. Didn’t really see why it was given. All I could see was someone hanging off Dan Carter’s neck.
6.47pm: New Zealand managed to add 11 points with Braid off the pitch. What are they going to do now they have the full compliment of 15?
6.46pm: Dan Braid is back on the pitch and Carter is lining up the kick to make it Wales 12-23 New Zealand, which he does.
6.44pm: Jerome Kaino is a powerhouse and just loves going into the tackle. He’s been causing Wales trouble the whole game. And Wales succumb to the pressure by giving away a penalty.
6.43pm: Sam Warburton gives away a penalty after coming in from the side at a ruck. Richie McCaw tells Dan Carter to slow it down with the penalty as Braid nears his return.
6.42pm: New Zealand are slowing the play down at the scrum. Quite clever as they wind down the clock, waiting for Dan Braid to return to the field.
6.40pm: Wales are much sharper with the line-outs this half and look to threaten again. However, yet again, Wales have been turned over. A great run by Shanklin, though, when he cut inside is a good sign for Wales.
6.39pm: Dan Carter’s crossfield ball is picked up Tom James and Wales win a penalty after New Zealand are penalised in the ruck. James is receiving some treatment but I think he’s just winded.
6.38pm: Dan Carter scores the conversion to make it Wales 12-20 New Zealand
6.35pm: This is why New Zealand are the best in the world. They’ve capitalised on Wales’ mistake and Hosea Gear has scored his second try of the match. You just can’t miss touch with a penalty. Fundamental error by Wales has cost them.
6.34pm: But Wales miss touch with the penalty and New Zealand counter.
6.33pm: Some great counter-rucking from New Zealand but Keven Mealamu came in from the side and concedes another penalty. Wales are on top and the fans give a rendition of Bread of Heaven. They’re starting to believe.
6.32pm: Jones converts the penalty to make it Wales 12-13 New Zealand. I can’t believe this but Wales could win this.
6.31pm: Wales make the most of the line-out and they edge closer to the All Blacks’ line and they get a penalty! Great play, New Zealand look flustered. Dan Braid has been sinbinned for not rolling away in the tackle.
6.30pm: Penalty to Wales after some great defence. Conrad Smith is making some dangerous runs but Wales have got his number at the moment.
6.29pm: Sonny Bill Williams is replaced by Ma’a Nonu. A tactical change made by Graham Henry, let’s see if it will kick-start New Zealand.
6.28pm: Play’s resumes with a New Zealand line-out. Wales nearly claim the ball but Mike Phillips knocks the ball on.
6.27pm: Wales are going to bring on Andy Powell with the forward warming up on the side. Jonathan Thomas and Powell come on with Dan Lydiate and Ryan Jones going off.
6.26pm: Mike Phillips scraps to keep possession and now Wales try to find a way through but New Zealand’s defence is too good and they turn the ball over.
6.25pm: Matthew Rees turns the ball over and Wales go on the offensive into the New Zealand 22. This looks promising, just don’t panic.
6.23pm: Good play by Sam Warburton and Bradley Davies, driving Wales forward. The ball’s played out to the backs and Ryan Jones takes it into a tackle with Hosea Gear. Great play by Gear sees Wales concede a penalty in the ruck.
6.22pm: A great run by Tom Shanklin who’s only stopped by a superb tackle from Conrad Smith. Wales stay on the attack until they’re frustrated once again with Dan Carter intercepting.
6.20pm: New Zealand weren’t great in the first-half and when that ever happens they come out fighting in the second. Let’s see how Wales deal with it.
6.08pm: Wales have been poor but are still in touching distance largely because of Dan Carter’s erratic kicking. Wales need to work on their line-outs if they want to have any hope of winning.
6.07pm: But Dan Carter lets Wales off the hook by missing his fourth kick of the match. Half-time: Wales 9-13 New Zealand.
6.06pm: Odd decision by Wales. They could have kicked the ball into touch to make it half-time but they choose to go for an up and under. Inevitably Wales concede a penalty and New Zealand can now extend their lead.
6.05pm: Jones does it to make it Wales 9-13 New Zealand with half-time just 20 seconds away.
6.04pm: And Wales win a penalty from the scrum. New Zealand can’t handle the Wales’ pack at the moment. Stephen Jones can now kick Wales to within just four points of New Zealand.
6.03pm: It’s now getting a bit feisty, with both teams guilty squaring up with each other. A penalty could have gone either way so the referee decides to give Wales a scrum.
6.02pm: For the third time this match Wales fail to make anything from an attacking line-out in New Zealand’s 22 after a good penalty.
6.01pm: New Zealand have made a substitution with Kieran Read coming off with an injury
6pm: Ooh the touch judge has come on to the pitch. He’s saying Bradley Davies was pulled back by a New Zealander. Penalty to Wales The referee warns Richie McCaw that his team have conceded too many penalties collectively. P
5.57pm: In an odd minute both teams lose possession twice in a scrappy exchange.
5.56pm: Wales have a put in for a scrum after a great catch from Alun-Wyn Jones from the re-start puts New Zealand on the back foot.
5.54pm: George North, he’s a strong man isn’t he? He just storms through a few New Zealanders and he forces the All Blacks to concede a penalty for being offside. Jones kicks the penalty to make it Wales 6-13 New Zealand.
5.52pm: Wales are starting to threaten and they have numbers. James Hook goes through and is tackled a metre from the line. Bradley Davies goes over the line but it was a knock on before Davies picked the ball up. Another wasted chance. It’s a New Zealand 5-metre scrum.
5.51pm: Well, we’re now on the third attempt to get this scrum right.
5.50pm: Dan Carter knocks the ball on in his own 22 and Wales now have a scrum. Can they make the All Blacks’ pack suffer like all the other teams this autumn?
5.49pm: Ooh that’s a high tackle on James Hook by Richie McCaw. The referee just gives McCaw a talking to and it’s a Wales penalty. However Wales waste another line-out.
5.48pm: A poor line-out by New Zealand though and Mike Phillips goes on the offensive. Surprise, surprise nothing comes from it.
5.47pm: Wales now have numbers on the right side as they try to attack but somehow New Zealand manage to snuff it out and drag Matthew Rees into touch.
5.46pm: It’s a great effort but Jones hits the post.
5.45pm: Wales win a penalty after New Zealand pile over in the ruck. Stephen Jones has got to opt for the posts and he does.
5.43pm: Dan Carter takes the conversion and misses his third kick. Wales 3-13 New Zealand
5.42pm: Disaster for Wales. Mils Muliaina scores a try. Such a poor kick from Wales and a poor chase and New Zealand’s backs just waltz through. Far too easy.
5.31pm: New Zealand now surge forward with Sonny Williams and Hosea Gear but they concede a penalty in the ruck. The referee Alan lewis is being quite officious today.
5.40pm: James Hook nearly intercepts the ball which would have seen him break clear but he doesn’t and Wales give away another penalty.
5.39pm: Wales again surrender possession when Ryan Jones’ pass doesn’t quite work.
5.38pm: Dan Lydiate takes on the hard-hitting Jerome Kaino and comes out second in that battle. Wales, though, keep the ball and recycle it out to the backs.
5.36pm: Good play from Wales as they stream forward into New Zealand’s 22. But what a hit on Bradley Davies. New Zealand are now on the counter. But Isaia Toeava gives away a penalty.
5.35pm: Wales clear their lines with the penalty but nothing comes from the line-out. That was such a bad throw from the captain Matthew Rees.
5.34pm: Mils Muliaina plays a nice dummy and and goes through four Wales players. But he gets isolated and concedes a penalty for holding on to the ball on the ground.
5.32pm: Alan Lewis has penalised Wales for pulling and turning the scrum. New Zealand have another penalty to extend their lead. Dan Carter lines it up but misses. He’s only made one kick from three.
5.31pm: New Zealand now have the scrum midway in Wales’ 22.
5.30pm: Sonny Williams kicks the ball down field and it’s a stupid knock on made by Lee Byrne. Wales can’t afford to keep making mistakes like that.
5.29pm: And Carter has done it. Not the prettiest kick but it does the job. He’s the new world record holder with 1179 points. Wales 3-8 New Zealand
5.27pm: Dan Carter now has the chance to get the record after the referee gives a debatable penalty. A plus point for Wales is George North, just 18 years old, willing to rip the ball away from Conrad Black.
5.26pm: Dan Carter, just a few points from overtaking Jonny Wilkinson’s world record, misses the conversion. Wales 3-5 New Zealand
5.25pm: And they’re we go. Didn’t last long did it? Hosea Gear goes over in the corner to get a try for New Zealand. Some woeful tackling but a great offload from Sonny Williams.
5.24pm: Wales are keeping tight on the New Zealand captain Richie McCaw and they’re going to need to! The All Blacks are in the Wales 22.
5.22pm: And with just 80 seconds on the clock it’s Wales 3-0 New Zealand.
5.21pm: Wales have made a great start and have a penalty after a sloppy New Zealand error. Stephen Jones lining up the kick.
5.20pm: So it’s been 57 years since Wales last beat New Zealand. Will today be the time that changes?
5.17pm: The Welsh fans are drowning out the Haka but the movement is still pretty intimidating and impressive. It’s got everybody going, that’s for sure.
5.16pm: Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau is now being sung proudly aloud around the stadium. Now bring on the Haka.
5.13pm: Now it’s time for the New Zealand national anthem. Sing along. ..er if you’re an All Black.
5.11pm: A minute’s silence is being observed for the miners who tragically died in New Zealand. You can’t hear a pin drop. Brilliantly observed and respected.
5.09pm: Today’s match is the first to sell out at the Millennium Stadium this autumn. New Zealand can always pull in a big crowd.
5.05pm: Feed me till I want no more! Bread of Heaven is a wonderful song. Here come the New Zealanders!
5pm: I’ve been told the Andy Murray v Rafael Nadal tennis match could overrun on BBC2 meaning people will miss the start of the rugby. They best get on here then, shouldn’t they?
4.30pm: Let’s hope so! Lobsterweb on Twitter: “Its going to be a really cold night tonight. Let’s hope the all blacks have frozen hands”
4.20pm: The Wales Show presenter Matt Johnson on Twitter: “Match day! Watching England now and then heading into town to watch us thrash NZ by 40 points! #whynot?” Well, maybe because New Zealand are the world’s best team and the red hot favourites. Just saying…
4pm: Perhaps Warren Gatland should show this video to the Wales team before the match. A tasty haka!
3.55pm: Our Swansea reporter Dean Thomas on Twitter: Wales’ RWC Pool D looks harder and harder as the Autumn goes on. Samoa giving Scotland a real test today 16-16 after 55mins.
3.40pm: The big team news for Wales today is Tom James has been drafted in to replace the injured Shane Williams on the wing. James hasn’t played for Wales since the Six Nations match against England six months ago.
3.34pm: And here’s the match officials:
Referee: Alan Lewis (Ireland)
Touch judges: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
& David Changleng (Scotland)
TV: Giulio de Santis (Italy)
3.30pm: Okay, so here’s a reminder of today’s teams:
Wales: 15-Lee Byrne, 14-George North, 13-Tom Shanklin, 12-James Hook, 11-Tom James, 10-Stephen Jones, 9-Mike Phillips; 1-Gethin Jenkins, 2-Matthew Rees (captain), 3-Adam Jones, 4-Bradley Davies, 5-Alun Wyn Jones, 6-Dan Lydiate, 7-Sam Warburton, 8-Ryan Jones
Replacements: 16-Huw Bennett, 17-Paul James, 18-Jonathan Thomas, 19-Andy Powell, 20-Martyn Williams, 21-Richie Rees, 22-Andrew Bishop
New Zealand: 15-Mils Muliaina, 14-Isaia Toeava, 13-Conrad Smith, 12-Sonny Bill Williams, 11-Hosea Gear, 10-Daniel Carter, 9-Jimmy Cowan; 1-Tony Woodcock, 2-Keven Mealamu, 3-Owen Franks, 4-Brad Thorn, 5-Sam Whitelock, 6-Jerome Kaino, 7-Richie McCaw (captain), 8-Kieran Read
Replacements: 16-Andrew Hore, 17-John Afoa, 18-Anthony Boric, 19-Daniel Braid, 20-Andy Ellis, 21-Stephen Donald, 22-Ma’a Nonu.