Rugby | Rusty All Blacks sink Wales

Cape Town – The All Blacks put in a scrappy – yet ultimately winning – performance in their first Test against Wales at Eden park in Auckland on Saturday.

As it happened: All Blacks v Wales

The All Blacks won 39-21 after trailing 18-15 at half-time.

The All Blacks scored five tries through wings Julian Savea and Waisake Naholo (2), No 8 Kieran Read and replacement hooker Nathan Harris. Flyhalf Aaron Cruden added four conversions and two penalties.

Wales replied with tries by No 8 Taulupe Faletau and scrumhalf Rhys Webb. Flyhalf Dan Biggar added a conversions and three penalties.

The teams will do battle in Wellington next weekend before concluding the series in Dunedin a week later.

Kick-off is at 09:35 SA time.


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 (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Joe Moody

Substitutes: 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 (captain), 6 Ross Moriarty, 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 4 Bradley Davies, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Gethin Jenkins

Substitutes: 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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