Wales 16-54 New Zealand: All Blacks seal seven-try victory

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David Havili attempts to avoid Gareth Anscombe, as New Zealand scores an emphatic win

Autumn Nations Series: Wales, New Zealand Wales (6) 16Tries : J Williams Cons Priestland Pens : Anscombe 2 Priestland New Zealand (18). 54 Tries: B Barrett 2. Perenara. Jordan, Papalii. Reece. Lienert Brown Cons: J Barrett 5. Pens : J Barrett 3.

New Zealand's seven-try demolition in Wales of depleted Wales brought it back to the top of world rankings.

Beauden Barrett scored two tries and additional scores from TJ Jordan, Will Jordan and Anton Lienert Brownn. Jordie Barrett added 19 points.

Johnny Williams was the only player to score for Wales, which were well beaten.

Alun Wyn Jones, captain, and Ross Moriarty were added to the extensive injury list of the hosts.

Jones, who had just beaten Jordie Barrett to earn his 149th Wales cap, was forced off in 18 minutes.

Jones sustained the injury to his left shoulder in the summer's match against Japan. He then recovered to lead the Lions against South Africa in the three-Test series defeat. Will Rowlands replaced Jones, and Jonathan Davies took over as captain.

The wait for Wales to beat All Blacks is over

The defeat ended Wales' 68-year-old losing streak against New Zealand.

Many were not expecting to win the first time over All Blacks since 1953. New Zealand won in quarter four with sublime tries by Beauden Barrett, man-of-the match in his 100th international.

New Zealand scored their highest Cardiff points total and had their highest winning margin in Wales.

Wales was without 20 players. British and Irish Lions Ken Owens and Leigh Halfpenny, Josh Navidi and Justin Tipuric were absent due to injury. Cardiff centre Willis Halaholo was also unavailable because Covid-19.

Wales was also denied access to its England-based club players Dan Biggar and Taulupe Faletau. Nick Tompkins, Nick Tompkins and Callum Sheedy were not available. The match was staged outside of World Rugby's international window.

New Zealand, however, had a nearly full-strength team and was able to come into the match having won the Rugby Championship. They also scored 104 points against the USA.

New Zealand won Cardiff with a convincing victory and was able to jumpfrog South Africa to become the number one world country.

It was the first Principality Stadium game to hold capacity crowds since February 2020. The Welsh Rugby Union reported a sellout at 74,500. This was for a game that had raised 4m.

100 Not Out

Beauden Barrett, fly-half for All Blacks, became the 11th player to reach 100 caps. He was directly competing with Gareth Anscombe.

This battle took place 10 years after they had been teammates in the New Zealand Under-20s team that beat Wales 92-0 at the Junior World Championships.

Anscombe is a qualified player for Wales through his mother. He had recovered from a serious knee injury he sustained against England in August 2019. This had previously kept him out of the game for two years. Before he started against the country of his birth, he had only played three league matches.

Anscombe had a terrible start, but Barrett had a great one. Barrett intercepted the pass of his opponent to canter over, with Jordie converting.

After good work by Taine Basham, flanker to Wales, Anscombe settled for an opening penalty.

The Barrett brothers scored 29 against Wales

Aaron Wainwright's brilliant move from his own line allowed Owen Lane to break free, and Beauden Barrett determined that Owen Lane deliberately knocked on Johnny Williams' inside pass.

Mathieu Raynal, French referee for New Zealand, issued a yellow card to the New Zealand fly-half.

Wainwright was penalized for not rolling away. Jordie Barrett restored the seven-point lead, then Jones was forced to go. This added a second penalty after Nepo Laulala, a New Zealand prop, squandered a try-scoring chance.

The All Blacks were able to prosper with the roof open due to Covid-19 regulations, and heavy rains starting to fall.

Basham was a standout despite New Zealand's dominance. His contact area turnover work, and his ebullient ball-carrying stood out.

Moriarty, a Dragons back row colleague, was forced to leave after Laulala challenged him. He failed to wrap his shoulder properly and hit the Wales flanker on their head.

Mathieu Raynal, the referee, decided that it wasn't a red card. Moriarty had dipped into contact with Ethan Blackadder and his tackle had affected Laulala's challenge. The prop was given a yellow card. Seb Davies, a Cardiff lock, replaced Moriarity.

However, Wales' poor line-out continued its woes. Anscombe was able to score a second penalty to bring the deficit down to 18-6 at halftime, but Jordie Barrett scored three more points in the second period.

Anscombe was replaced by Rhys Priestland for his first international in four year. He made an immediate impression with his penalty-snatching performance.

Wales were penalized for loose kicking. Rieko Ioane, David Havili provided the warning. Jordan expertly counter-attacked to collect the chip and cross for the All Blacks third attempt.

Wales finally got a try, Priestland scoring a clever kick that centre Williams took advantage of.

After 61 minutes, the home team trailed 12 points by 12 but the All Blacks won with a stunning display of running rugby that saw four tries in each quarter.

New Zealand was relentless with their two quick tries as flanker Papalii, and replacement Reece power over. The onslaught continued with a sixth score from centre Lienert Brown.

Beauden Barrett won the game and increased the score to 50 points by grabbing a loose pass from Johnny McNicholl.

Wales: McNicholl; Lane, J Davies, J Williams, Adams; Anscombe, T Williams; W Jones, Elias, Francis, Beard, AW Jones (capt), Moriarty, Basham, Wainwright.

Substitutes: Myhill (65), Carre (56), Lewis (56), Rowlands (36), S Davies (36), Moriarty (18), Rowlands (36), Priestland (47), Priestland (68), B Thomas (68)

New Zealand: J Barrett, Jordan, Lienert Brown, Havili; R Ioane, R Ioane; B Barrett TJ Perenara; Moody Taylor, Taylor, Laulala Retallick, Whitelock (capt), Blackadder Papaliii, Savea

Replacements: Taukei'aho for Taylor (62), Tu'inukuafe for Moody (62), Lomax for Blackadder (41-49), Lomax for Laulala (63), Vaa'i for Retallick (68), A Ioane for Papalii (68), Weber for Perenara (62), Mo'unga for Jordan (68), Reece for Havili (65).

Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)

Assistant Referees: Christophe Ridley, England; Karl Dickson (England).

TMO: Brian MacNeice (Ireland).