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Saturday, 23 November, 2002, 14:27 GMT
Clockwatch: Wales 17-43 New Zealand
Wales v New Zealand Clockwatch

All the action from the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff as Wales go down 17-43 to New Zealand.

Latest action appears first - click refresh for updates.


Final score: Wales 17-43 New Zealand

80 mins (+9): With the game all but over Regan King turns on the style and adds another try.
Wales 17-43 New Zealand

80 min (+5): New Zealand have not intention of letting Wales back into the game. They role over the Wales back line leaving substitute Kees Meeuws to cross for a try.
Wales 17-36 New Zealand

80 mins (+3): Wales don't give up and once more search for a score.

80 mins: Any hope of getting back into the game is killed immediately as Doug Howlett scores his second try.
Wales 17-29 New Zealand

78 mins: Wales are now the team on the attack. The All Blacks are too strong, but Wales get another scrum five metres out. They drive over and get a penalty try as the ball is kicked out of the scrum. The crowd go wild.
Wales 17-22 New Zealand

76 mins: Wales get a scrum close to the New Zealand line. They spread the ball wide but hit a wall of black shirts.

72 mins: Harris takes the off-load from Mark Jones and tries to work some magic. Ben Blair comes across to stop the threat.

70 mins: Wales try to inject some pass into the game as Rhys Williams storms down the line. Sonny Parker takes the ball from him but is brought down by three All Black defenders.

68 mins: Wales finally get out into the All Blacks half as Harris kicks the ball out of danger.

66 mins: New Zealand are in total control. Wales' heads have not gone down and fight for any ball they can find.

64 mins: Wales bring on Iestyn Harris in an attempt to narrow the score.

63 mins: Andrew Mehrtens adds another three points from a penalty.
Wales 10-22 New Zealand

61 mins: The try comes as a major blow to Wales. They were doing so well before hand and now find themselves on the back-foot.

59 mins:Doug Howlett sprints free and links up well with Tana Umaga. The Wales defence have been ripped open as Umaga give a forward-pass back to Howlett. The referee fails to see it an give a try.
Wales 10-19 New Zealand

57 mins: Wales are enjoying a good spell of pressure. It is now the turn of the young All Blacks to make the mistakes.

55 mins: The crowd think Wales are free and rise from their seats, but as Charvis strides into the New Zealand 22 the ref brings the players back for an earlier knock-on.

53 mins: Rhys Williams gets the ball once more and attempts a drop-goal, but he is to far out and hand possession back to the All Blacks.

51 mins: Rhys Williams thumps a monster of a kick down the field pushing New Zealand back into their 22.

48 mins: Wales break on the counter-attack as Jamie Robinson punts the ball to the All Blacks line. Gareth Thomas fly┐s down the wing in support but gets in the way of Robinson as they both manage to knock the ball forward.

45 mins: Wales try to drive the All Blacks back into their own half. Wales captain Colin Charvis, who wins his 50th cap, his pulled up for not making the ball available on the ground.

43 mins: New Zealand take the lead for the first time in the game as Andrew Mehrtens plants a penalty between the posts.
Wales 10-12 new Zealand

41 mins: The 74,000 strong crowd will hope that the second half is a repeat of the first. They were treated to some fine attacking rugby.

1531 GMT: Stephen Jones kicks off the second half.


Half-time: Wales 10-9 New Zealand


40 mins (+8): The South African ref Tappe Henning blows up to end the first period. Wales go in with a one point lead.

40 mins (+7 mins): Wales are awarded a penalty but Jones can only hit the post.

40 mins (+5): Wales manage to get some possession and begin to attack. The Welsh crowd again sing hoping to help the men on the pitch.

40 mins (+3): Wales need the referee to blow for half-time, as the All Blacks keep up the pressure.

40 mins: Wales are penalised for playing the ball on the floor. Mehrtens converts a penalty from under the posts.
Wales 10-9 New Zealand

38 mins: Andrew Mehrtens has a chance to make it three out of three, but can't convert a penalty from 40 metres out.

37 mins: Wales will be happy to end the first-half ahead, but the All blacks once more pile on the pressure.

34 mins: Lomu pushes Gareth Thomas away like a small child as he takes the ball from his 22.

33 mins: The Millennium Stadium pitch is starting to cut up. Both sets of players are slipping.

30 mins:The pressure is mounting on Wales. New Zealand are throwing every ball they get wide in an attempt to pull the Wales back-line apart.

28 mins: New Zealand have a scrum on the Wales five metre line. Nothing comes out of the backs move as Wales once again clear the ball down the pitch.

25 mins: Danger for Wales as the All Blacks go in search of their first try. The Wales defence is on top form stopping any black shirt that runs at them.

24 mins: Human bulldozer Jonah Lomu goes on his first run of the game. It takes two Wales defenders to bring him down.

23 mins: New Zealand work the ball well in midfield. Doug Howlett is tackled and spills the ball.

20 mins: Bread of Heaven echo's around the Millennium Stadium as Stephen Jones pushes a penalty wide.

19 mins: Dwayne Peel kicks the ball over Jonah Lomu from the back of a scrum. Wales move into New Zealand's 22.

17 mins: Mehrtens cuts the lead down to four points as he kick a penalty for the All Blacks.
Wales 10-6 New Zealand

12 mins: The ball is kicked down the park. Jamie Robinson sprints the length of the field to cross the line for a fantastic try. Jones converts.
Wales 10-3 New Zealand

10 mins: New Zealand take the game straight back to Wales. Wales give away a penalty. Andrew Mehrtens evens the scores.
Wales 3-3 New Zealand

9 mins: Stephen Jones slots the ball over the post for the first points of the game.
Wales 3-0 New Zealand

8 mins: Jamie Robinson nearly breaks through - but is held up five metres out. New Zealand are penalised, penalty to Wales.

7 mins:The crowd rise from their seats as Wales now run at New Zealand.

5 mins: Wales are under great pressure - the All Blacks spread the ball wide, but Ben Evans stops the attack. Wales clear their line and halt the danger

3 mins: New Zealand drive towards the Wales line after winning the first line-out. They cross the line, but the ball is held up.

1 mins: Doug Howlett thinks he has scored as the ball runs free over the Wales try line. Mark Jones just gets a vital touch.

1431: The Welsh crowd cheer as Mehrtens gets the game under way.

1430: New Zealand act out the Haka in front of a full house at the Millennium Stadium.


Wales: R Williams (Cardiff); M Jones (Llanelli), J Robinson (Cardiff), S Parker (Pontypridd), G Thomas (Bridgend); S Jones (Llanelli), D Peel (Llanelli); I Thomas (Llanelli), R McBryde (Llanelli), B Evans (Swansea), R Sidoli (Pontypridd), G Llewellyn (Neath), D Jones (Llanelli), M Williams (Cardiff), C Charvis (Swansea, capt).
Replacements: M Davies (Pontypridd), G Jenkins (Pontypridd), M Owen (Pontypridd), R Parks (Pontypridd), R Powell (Cardiff), I Harris (Cardiff), D James (Bridgend).

New Zealand: B Blair; D Howlett, R King, T Umaga, J Lomu; A Mehrtens, S Devine; T Woodcock, K Mealamu, C Hayman, K Robinson, A Williams, T Randell (capt), D Braid, R So'oialo.
Replacements: A Hore, K Meeuws, B Mika, M Holah, D Lee, P Steinmetz, M Robinson.

Ref: Tappe Henning (South Africa)

 NOV 23-24 TESTS
 ENGLAND 53-3 SA
 WALES 17-43 NZ
 IRELAND 16-7 ARG
 FRANCE 35-3 CANADA
 ITALY 3-34 AUSTRALIA
 SCOTLAND V FIJI

Wales play four Tests against Romania, Fiji, Canada and New Zealand

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