Saturday, November 25, 2006
28/3 pour...les Kiwis bien sûr!
28/3 for...the ABs of course!
Avant le match, les titulaires et les remplaçants ont fait le Haka pour le staff et les 'non sélectionnés' -pour l'instant, pas de photo de Captain!
Before the match, the guys who will play tonight performed the Haka in front of the staff and those who won't play -so far, no pictures of the Captain!
All Blacks pound Wales
New Zealand rocked Wales to lead 28-3 at halftime in their Test at a greasy Millennium Stadium in Cardiff today.
The Welsh threat to take the game to New Zealand foundered on an inability to pierce solid All Blacks defence, and the lack of solidity at the set pieces.
The game started without an on-field haka due to a dispute between the All Blacks and Welsh Rugby Union management and was done by the team in the dressing room and replayed on the Stadium screen once the match had started.
While the Welsh stated their intention to run the ball, the game opened with a series of downfield kicks and it was from one missed touch by centre Tom Shanklin that right wing Rico Gear punished the home side.
He raced downfield and set in train a series of quick rucks that saw ball finally moved left where Sitiveni Sivivatu drew the last line of defence, fullback Kevin Morgan and passed infield for second five-eighths Luke McAlister to cross.
Penalties awarded against Wales at the breakdowns resulted in three goals converted by first five-eighths Daniel Carter. His Welsh rival Stephen Jones landed the first points for his side with a penalty goal after 26 minutes.
However, with seven minutes of the half left it was Sivivatu who was rewarded for his outstanding work rate by scoring after good lead-up work by Carter, centre Conrad Smith and hooker Anton Oliver.
Another try on halftime, to Sivivatu came from a midfield turnover executed by tighthead prop Carl Hayman. Wales had cause to be thankful that the All Blacks did not quite achieve the continuity it wanted, with lineout opportunities lost at the transfer from forwards to backs.
Résumé de la première mi temps sur www.allblacks.com