Wales v New Zealand: Past five battles
By Louise Warr
Last Updated: 17/06/16 4:12pm
As Wales and New Zealand prepare to go head to head, we take a look back at their previous five meetings, including a Dan Carter masterclass and a close-fought encounter.
New Zealand 42-9 Wales - June 19, 2010 (Dunedin)
New Zealand smashed Wales 42-9 thanks to a devastating second-half performance back in June 2010, with Carter showcasing his world-class credentials.
The then 28-year-old contributed 27 points to the victory, including two of the All Blacks' five tries.
Wales made a promising start to the match and went ahead early thanks to Stephen Jones drop-goal and a long-range penalty from Leigh Halfpenny.
However, their joy was short-lived, because a Jimmy Cowan quick-tap penalty got the All Blacks in behind the visitors and Keven Mealamu crashed over to score, Carter converting and adding a penalty minutes later.
A superb individual effort from Cory Jane extended the All Blacks' lead, before a further Jones penalty sent his side into the break within touching distance of New Zealand at 15-9 down.
However, the Welsh defence crumbled in the second 40, and with the All Blacks starting to motor, the points began to flow.
Carter extended New Zealand's lead to 18-9 before crossing for a converted try of his own.
Wales, despite an ever-increasing gap on the scoreboard, refused to give up, testing their opponents' scrambling defence on a number of occasions, but any faint hopes of snatching a victory were soon extinguished by Carter, who kicked a third penalty and scored a brilliant solo try.
As Wales tired, the All Blacks struck again for their fifth try, this time finished by centre Richard Kahui, underlining a second-half dominance that proved too much for the Welsh.
New Zealand 29-10 Wales - June 26, 2010 (Hamilton)
A week later, and New Zealand fought their way to a 29-10 victory over a determined Welsh outfit.
The boot of Carter proved the difference in the encounter as he punished a series of Welsh misdemeanours early in the second half with three on-target shots at goal, before steering his side through a Wales fightback to take the series win.
Halfpenny opened the scoring for Wales, the full-back slotting over a long-range penalty on the three-minute mark, but their lead was cancelled out 10 minutes later with Carter's first effort.
Jane added to his try from the previous meeting with another score on 24 minutes when he dived past Jamie Roberts and over the try line, Carter converting and adding a further penalty before the break.
The All Blacks extended their lead immediately after the break, with Carter slotting a further three penalty attempts within 11 minutes to take his side out of sight at 22-3.
Wales continued to battle and their never-say-die attitude got its just rewards when Jamie Roberts stormed home in the 77th minute, but it was New Zealand who had the last word, when Aaron Cruden nipped over for a try as the clock ticked red.
Wales 25-37 New Zealand - November 27, 2010 (Cardiff)
New Zealand were at their clinical best when they ran out 37-25 winners at the Millennium Stadium during the 2010 autumn internationals.
Centre Sonny Bill Williams offered an early example of his off-loading skills to put Isaia Toeava into space and the winger brushed aside four tacklers before finding Hosea Gear, who scored in the corner.
Carter pulled the conversion wide of the posts before succeeding with a penalty attempt, and it wasn't long before the All Blacks ran in their second try, when Mils Muliaina sliced through the Welsh defence and coasted over the line.
Carter and Stephen Jones both fired shots wide of the uprights, but after a sustained period of Welsh pressure, with James Hook being hauled down just short of the line, Wales were awarded points for their endeavours from a Jones penalty kick, before they ended the half on a high with another Jones effort taking the score to 9-13.
Wales looked to get themselves ahead following the restart and a turnover inside the All Blacks' 22 saw them go close, but their composure wavered and the finishes touches evaded them.
They persevered and reduced the arrears to just one point as replacement Daniel Braid was sent to the sin-bin.
A swift reply from the All Blacks on 54 minutes saw Gear score his second try of the match, with a Carter and Jones exchanging penalties in the nine minutes after.
However, the final 10 minutes belonged to the All Blacks, with Toeava and John Afoa both racing home to take the visitors out of sight, with an 80-minute try from Lee Byrne proving nothing but a consolation score for the Welsh.
Wales 10-33 New Zealand - November 24, 2012 (Cardiff)
World champions New Zealand destroyed Wales 10-33 when they visited the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff in 2012.
Steve Hansen's side treated the 72,372-strong crowd to an attacking masterclass as they inflicted a 25th consecutive defeat on Wales.
Prop Aaron Jarvis, lock Bradley Davies and centre Jamie Roberts all made early exists from the game, only adding to the uphill battle Wales had in front of them.
Stand-in fly-half Cruden kicked New Zeland into a 10-minute lead and slotted a further two penalties before the Wales' try-line was breached for the first time, Julian Savea causing chaos in attack and creating the move that ended with Liam Messam crossing for a try that Cruden converted.
New Zealand were threatening to find top gear as early on as 39 minutes, with Tony Woodcock rumbling over from short range. Cruden's conversion sent Wales into the break 23-0 down, a tally he shortly added to when play re-started.
The All Blacks' confidence remained sky high throughout the match, with Luke Romano getting on the scoresheet nine minutes into the second half to further rub salt into Welsh wounds.
Keen to avoid being whitwashed, Wales continued to fight and it yielded reward when Scott Williams scored a consolation try, the replacement emerging with the ball from the bottom of 14-man driving maul over the line.
Despite the scoreline, the final quarter brought further encouragement to the hosts and they finished on a high when Alex Cuthbert was awarded a late score.
Wales 16-34 New Zealand - November 22, 2014 (Cardiff)
Wales suffered a gallant 34-16 defeat at the hands of New Zealand in 2014, the world champions leaving it late to tame their hosts.
It was neck and neck going into the second half, Halfpenny and Beauden Barrett's shots at goal the only points to show for 40 minutes of endeavour.
As the second half started, so did the points as Savea shrugged off the challenges of Dan Biggar to score his 30th try in only 33 tests, Barrett duly adding the extras.
But Wales didn't find themselves behind for long, as just two minutes after, Taulupe Faletau embarked on a trademark charge, with Rhys Webb waiting on his shoulder to gladly accept the try-scoring pass.
Halfpenny's conversion levelled the scores at 10-10 before a further shot at goal edged Wales into the lead.
The game continued in a frantic end-to-end fashion, with the All Blacks striking back in the opening moments on the final quarter. A beautifully judged cross-field kick being the undoing of Warren Gatland's side, Aaron Smith rising highest to take the ball before popping it back inside for Jerome Kaino to run in unopposed.
Halfpenny snatched the lead back with his third penalty on 67 minutes, only for Wales to find themselves on the back-foot again after two minutes, as Barrett chipped over the covering defence and gathered his own kick before going under the posts.
Slade's conversion made it 22-16 and Wales were handed a the killer blow moments later when Kieran Reid charged down a Mike Phillip's clearance to score in the corner.
The All Blacks weren't finished, however, as Barrett squeezed over in the corner and destroy the hopes of a historic Welsh win.
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