By Louis Anderson-Rich
Hello and welcome to Millennium Stadium in Cardiff where we have the touring All Blacks taking on a Wales side that would do anything for a win after losses to Argentina and Samoa.
But with a 59-year losing streak against New Zealand, and a host of injuries, the outlook is bleak for beleaguered Wales’ and their fans.
However, the All Blacks won’t be taking Wales’ poor form for granted, with captain Richie McCaw laying down a frightening thought for the home side by saying that his team is yet to reach their full potential.
That aside, and Wales will be doing well to push that to the back of minds, the Welsh never fail to get up for a game against New Zealand and are just as passionate about their rugby as any Kiwi.
We’ll bring you video live updates throughout the match, live streaming written commentary, as well as video highlights of all the big plays and tries.
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LIVE COMMENTARY… Wales 10 – 33 All Blacks
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80 Min: final push from the Welsh after a good run from Cuthbert, but the All Blacks withstand the pressure and that’s fulltime!
79 Min: Conversion doesn’t go.
77 Min: Wales hell bent on getting another try and they’ve pushed for the line! Ball pops out the back…Wales keep possession…now they go wide and Alex Cuthbert touches down in the corner! TRY! VIDEO UP
75 Min: Wales with a real push now they’re 5 metres out from the line after Cory Jane got caught up at the back…Foletau gets it and does his best to muscle through the line…bit of off the ball carry-on between Nonu and Davies…now Knoyle spreads it but the All Blacks have already conceded the penalty.
67 Min: Barrett on for Cruden…
66 Min: Another scrum to the All Blacks…and another after Wales’ front row collapsed…Great scrum from the All Blacks eventually picked up by Read who is moved forwards. Ball comes out the back to Weepu who hands it off for Messam but Wales hold on and New Zealand concede the penalty.
65 Min: Read off the back of the scrum, finds a gap and comes very close to the line. Whitelock with a second bite at it and looks to have maybe gone over the line…ref calls double movement so no try given.
64 Min: Richie McCaw pops up to show some speed and runs it into the Welsh 22...balls been turned over quickly though but they can’t keep it for very long. Penalty for the All Blacks taken quickly by Weepu, passes to Cruden which is knocked down by Liam Williams. Surely that’s a yellow card? Just a knock-on says the ref.
62 Min: Off the back of an All Black scrum and Weepu kicks off the back, straight down the throat of Halfpenny who runs the ball up to half way and beats a couple of players…then gets the offload to Foletau, who can’t hold on to it and knocks the ball on.
60 Min: Wales have suddenly turned up and started to play after that last try. A nice move out to the wing has seen Cory Jane with the intercept! But he can’t hold on to it and it looks like the referee will pull out the yellow card. He does! All Blacks down to 14!
57 Min: Halfpenny’s kick is no good.
56 Min: Wales launch another attack, long throw from Phillips to Knoyle…now Warburton. Priestland off to Rees…Davies does well to get away from one and plays a pass out to Liam Williams, but play has already been called for a Welsh obstruction. Or so I thought it turned out to be a penalty to Wales and the lineout is good and the whole team gets involved in the maul! They rampage over the line and Scott Williams pick up the try! TRY! You’d think Wales had scored the try to win the world cup! VIDEO UP
55 Min: Andrew Hore comes off for Dane Coles…
53 Min: This is looking pretty demoralising for Wales at the moment…All Blacks called up for offside and ironic cheers emanate from the crowd…Wales with a bit of momentum down the right…Warburton with a good strong run into the 22 and All Blacks are penalised for not releasing, Phillips with a quick tap but the Abs defence holds…now Priestland out the back to Halfpenny but he can’t find a gap…plenty of phases but not much ground gained for Wales they remain just inside the 22…eventually they knock it on. Great defence from the All Blacks.
51 Min: Retallick and Weepu come on for the All Blacks…Aaron Smith and Romano comes off.
49 Min: Cruden with another brilliant kick.
48 Min: Wales lose the ball at scrum time again and the ball is played over to the right side with lightening speed. Dagg takes it up to the 22 and now it’s McCaw with quick hands to Read up through the middle who goes down….ball back out over to the left with Savea who spots a gap! Offloads to Romano with one to beat! Romano just walks over the top of Jonathan Davies and is over! TRY! VIDEO UP
45 Min: Cruden dinks a ball in behind Cuthbert at the back but it’s a little too far ahead of Savea and Cuthbert runs the ball up…Now Paul James goes head down and the All Blacks are conceded for off side, quick tap from Phillips who runs smack bang into Messam but the ball keeps moving and Foletau has offloaded to Cuthbert who gets into the All Blacks 22…Priestland lobs it out into centrefield now for Rees…loose ball pouced on by Savea and Smith pops up with the ball and goes on a run by himself, looks for Cruden in support but his pass goes behind Cruden.
44 Min: Priestland with a very passive kickoff that goes far too deep into the All Blacks 22…Wales on the ball again though and are finding it hard to break that line of defence but now little Halfpenny gets through the arms of Cruden but then loses the ball in the second tackle.
43 Min: Cruden keeps his 100% kicking rate for the night.
42 Min: Early penalty for the All Blacks and it looks as though they will continue to accumulate the points.
41 Min: Aaron Cruden gets the second half back underway!
Both teams back out on the field and you would imagine that Wales really have it all to do now.
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40 Min: And that’s halftime!
39 Min: Great lineout for the All Blacks, Romano pops it back for Tony Woodcock coming right through the middle of the lineout and he bombs over the line! Too easy! TRY! VIDEO UP
38 Min: Great kick from Julian Savea sees the ball roll out five metres off the Welsh tryline…Rees makes a good throw and Wales get the ball away with a kick from Mike Phillips…All Blacks with a lineout on the 22…Romano goes upwell and now it’s McCaw quickly to Nonu, out to Cruden to Dagg who steps and beats one before going down. All Blacks with an advantage…ref brings play back and Cruden kicks it into touch for the All Blacks to push for a try.
36 Min: Dagg gets up brilliantly for a high ball to bring it down…Smith back to Cruden who delivers his own high bomb that Leigh Halfpenny fumbles backwards…there were concerns about the pitch before the game and I can see why. It is tearing up all over the show and doesn’t look like a lot of fun to run on.
35 Min: Nonu loses the ball in the middle of the park and Foletau goes on a counter attack on his own and concedes a penalty as well. Ball back with the All Blacks. Wales can’t catch a break.
32 Min: Wales take a quick throw from inside their 22 and Read and company are up quickly…now Jonathan Davies breaks through the middle! Williams in support! Williams gains some more ground and goes down, Wales get the advantage but they try to keep the ball moving and spread it out to the right…Paul James knocks it on and the ref brings it back to the penalty. Which Priestland kicks dead again.
26 Min: Cruden adds the conversion.
25 Min: All Blacks with a lineout deep in their 22…nonu runs the ball from his line and is hit hard. Cruden with the kick this time, falls for Leigh Halfpenny who runs it up…now Priestland to Cuthbert…Mike Phillips falls over Aaron Smith looking to milk a penalty but the refs having nothing of it….big high searching kick from Priestland and it’s Savea and Halfpenny underneath it, ball falls back for Dagg who breaks away! He’s charged up past the halfway line and offloaded to Savea! Savea gets just into the Wales 22, manages to keep the ball in the field of play and now the All Blacks arrive out to the right! They spread it wide! Conrad Smith with the final pass to Messam who strolls over! TRY! VIDEO UP
23 Min: In the meantime Cruden has another penalty to deal with…and he lands it.
22 Min: All Blacks turn over ball in the middle of the park and Nonu comes up on the counter. Great charge from him...Whitelock takes over and goes barrelling into opposite number Luke Charteris…Sam Warburton concedes a penalty for playing off the floor. The crowd are not happy with that decision.
18 Min: Cruden’s kick just staggers over.
17 Min: Great non-stop rugby here at the moment…until a messy piece of play by Liam Williams takes the momentum out of the game…another penalty kick for Cruden. 44 metres out, it’s a bit further than the last one.
15 Min: Good lineout from Wales and they’ve got the kick away, Savea takes a quick throw in over to Dagg…All Blacks outnumbered in the middle of the park though and Wales get the turn over, they kick it down field and All Blacks come back again with Savea who makes some good ground. Out wide to Jane who goes for the chip and chase but it’s gone out on the full…Jamie Roberts is down on the ground and not getting up.
14 Min: Wales scrum holding up well but eventually they concede a penalty and Aaron Smith takes the tap quickly, Romano first up in the line….now they go wide to Conrad Smith, one more to Julian Savea right on the touchline! He’s bundled into touch just short of the try line.
12 Min: Lineout for All Blacks on the Welsh 22 and the ball gets switched over to the other side quickly, Dagg receives the ball and is smashed by Liam Williams over on the left. Great tackle.
11 Min: Nice line out move from the Welsh it was a short throw down the middle that Mike Phillips got on the end of…Wales cough up possession though and the Abs counter with Conrad Smith making a gut busting run…Aaron Smith to Cruden with a cross field kick which Cuthbert carries out into touch. Great vision, and kick from Cruden.
9 Min: So Cruden with the penalty and it’s straight down the centre.
8 Min: Conrad Smith gets up for a kick well and claims the ball, Sam Whitelock continues the move nicely and spots a little gap…Cruden now tries to step his way through…Luke Romano with a good run going in hard and wins a penalty which will be kicked at goal.
7 Min: Another penalty for Wales and Priestland will kick this for touch as well and it is an absolutely dreadful kick which finds itself dead on the full.
5 Min: First scrum for the All Blacks and Read comes off the back and is taken down. Ball played back for Cruden with a towering kick downfield that finds touch.
4 Min: After a bit of a wait for the injuries Wales resume with a scrum and win a penalty. Preistland kicks for touch instead of going for the penalty but Wales can’t capitalise.
2 Min: Very early injury for Wales, it’s the big lock Bradley Davies who has taken a cheap shot from Andrew Hore. Nothing called by the refs but the replays certainly show a bit of filth and Davies has gone down absolutely cold. VIDEO UP
1 Min: And Rhys Priestland’s kick gets us underway!...ball falls for Ma’a Nonu early on and Cruden gets his first touch of the ball with a high bomb, taken by Roberts but Cory Jane gets there to make a nice tackle…Phillips to Priestland with a nice kick and Julian Savea is under it, but he knocks it on, some early jitters there and Wales get themselves a scrum.
If that sent a hiver down your spine though, then this certainly will…the Haka…how will Wales respond to this…The Wales crowd are certainly doing their best to drown it out…what a charged atmosphere it is!
Please stand for the national anthems…absolutely fantastic as always.
The All Blacks are out on the field! Great response to them. Now the Welsh, pre-empted by a highlights reel on the big screen, come out on to the green to a rapturous crowd!
The stadium is jam-packed and the roof is closed. The atmosphere is going to be absolutely electric.
Prince William and Kate Middleton are spectators today. Prince William known for being rugby-mad. Could their presence have an influence on the Wales side?
Well we are getting closer and closer at the moment. Wales are expected to target Richie McCaw (naturally). Warren Gatland is looking to address the last couple of games to address this poor run of form. In his words, “you don’t become a bad team overnight.”
Kick off is not far away so in the meantime watch the last outing from the All Blacks, their win over Italy in Rome.
All Blacks: Israel Dagg, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Julian Savea, Aaron Cruden, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (capt), Liam Messam, Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano, Owen Franks, Andrew Hore, Tony Woodcock. Reserves: Ben Smith, Beauden Barrett, Piri Weepu, Victor Vito, Brodie Retallick, Charlie Faumuina, Wyatt Crockett, Dane Coles.
Wales: Leigh Halfpenny, Alex Cuthbert, Jonathan Davies, Jamie Roberts, Liam Williams; Rhys Priestland, Mike Phillips; Toby Faletau, Sam Warburton (captain), Ryan Jones, Luke Charteris, Bradley Davies, Aaron Jarvis, Matthew Rees, Paul James. Reserves: Ken Owens, Gethin Jenkins, Scott Andrews, Aaron Shingler, Justin Tipuric, Tavis Knoyle, James Hook, Scott Williams.
New Zealand and Wales are widely regarded as two rugby-mad nations and whenever the two sides meet there are always fireworks. Just take the 2008 Haka stand-off for example – heated, to say the least.
But Wales haven’t exactly had a good run against the All Blacks, having lost their last 25 tests; a run that extends back to 1953. Most would agree that this test won’t be the one that will break that 59-year streak.
The All Blacks are currently on a 19-game unbeaten run, stretching all the way back to the opening match of the 2011 World Cup and have the opportunity to go a full international year without losing.
In contrast, Wales have lost their last two games to Argentina and Samoa, conceding five tries and only scoring one.
They are also without injured stars like George North, Adam Jones, Alun-Wyn Jones and Dan Lydiate.
However, the All Blacks, very much the team to beat, have the knack of bringing the best out of opposing teams and Wales’ lock Bradley Davies knows that the men in red are at their most dangerous with their backs against the wall.
"We have done it in the past when we have performed very well and we have all played to a high standard. I think the biggest thing is the mentality,” Davies tells NZN Newswire.
"A lot of teams lose before they play the All Blacks because they are a very good team and sometimes that gets on top of you a bit, so it is about getting our minds right and believing we can do it."
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is also wary of a wounded Wales team.
“Invariably, when they get criticized, they get tighter. It will make them more dangerous, I think,” Hansen tells AP.
Wales will also welcome the return of coach Warren Gatland who has been busy with British and Irish Lions preparation
New Zealand are also missing star first five Dan Carter, with Aaron Cruden set to step into the position.
"It is disappointing for Dan. He is hard to replace, but we've got to get on and have belief in the next guy," All Blacks captain Richie McCaw says.
Let the fireworks begin.