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Last Updated: Saturday, 21 June, 2003, 08:44 GMT 09:44 UK
Merciless All Blacks crush Wales
NEW ZEALAND 55-3 WALES
Daniel Carter claimed 20 points on his Test debut
New Zealand (17) 55
Tries: D Howlett, C Spencer, D Carter, K Meeuws, K Mealamu, T Umaga, J Rokocoko (2). Cons: Carter (6). Pen: Carter.
Wales (3) 3
Pen: S Jones.
Att: 27,500
New Zealand found their try-scoring form in Hamilton with a record victory over Wales.

There were eight tries in all, with 20 points for debut-making centre Daniel Carter, as the All Blacks bounced back from last week's shock defeat to England.

Wales, who must face the Kiwis in this autumn's World Cup, failed to secure any meaningful possession and all they could offer was a single Stephen Jones penalty.

It was Wales' ninth straight defeat, and they never looked likely to record their first Test win in the land of the long white cloud.

Wales actually opened the scoring in the sixth minute, Colin Charvis winning turnover ball in midfield and prompting a Mark Jones break down the left.

I was proud of the way they (Wales) kept themselves in the game
Wales coach Steve Hansen
With the All Blacks line under pressure they killed the ball under the posts, leaving Jones a simple penalty.

New Zealand soon began to dominate possession and put their scintillating phase play together, but Wales' scrambling defence held for the first quarter.

Kees Meeuws crossed the Wales line only to fail to ground, but from the resulting scrum five the ball was thrown quickly from left to right where Doug Howlett's speed saw him in at the corner.

WALES' RECORD IN NZ
New Zealand 19-0 Wales
Christchurch 1969
New Zealand 33-12 Wales
Auckland 1969
New Zealand 52-3 Wales
Christchurch 1988
New Zealand 54-9 Wales
Auckland 1988
New Zealand 55-3 Wales
Hamilton, 2003
Wales' last win against the All Blacks was a 13-8 success in Cardiff in 1953

New-cap Carter took the kicking responsibility after Carlos Spencer's misfiring efforts last week, and the exciting Canterbury youngster sent over an awkward conversion.

The All Blacks were bursting with confidence, and when Charvis tried to carry the ball forward he was hit with a huge tackle from opposite number Jerry Collins.

After lengthy treatment, Charvis was carried off in a neck brace, replaced by Jonathan Thomas. Initial reports on his condition were encouraging.

With New Zealand ruling in scrum and line-out, and turning over more ball with heavy hits, they extended their lead with a Carter penalty.

There's an old saying that it all starts up front and I think we proved it again
Reuben Thorne

Spencer was finding his feet at fly-half, opening up the Wales defence in the 31st minute before taking the recycled ball and slipping over for the second try, leaving the half-time score at 17-3.

The All Black dominance continued in the second period.

Carter was impressing with his control in midfield, and when he was freed by a Spencer pass a pounding hand-off on Mark Taylor saw the youngster over for the third try.

Loose Welsh line-out work presented New Zealand with a scrum five and the chance for the next score from prop Meeuws.

With the home forwards rampant, a driving line-out saw hooker Keven Mealamu over the line.

Carlos Spencer
Carlos Spencer crosses for New Zealand's second try
The backs got back in on the act, Carter making a half-break and off-loading beautifully to send in Tana Umaga.

He was soon followed over by the speedy Joe Rokocoku who notched a try double, the second a result of a charge-down from Ceri Sweeney.

New Zealand will be happy with the warm-up for next week's Test against France, while Wales have a break before August's trip to Dublin to face Ireland.


Teams:

New Zealand: Malili Muliaina (Auckland); Doug Howlett (Auckland), Tana Umaga (Wellington), Daniel Carter (Canterbury), Joe Rokocoko (Auckland); Carlos Spencer (Auckland), Steve Devine (Auckland); Carl Hoeft (Canterbury), Keven Mealamu (Auckland), Kees Meeuws (Auckland), Chris Jack (Canterbury), Ali Williams (Auckland), Reuben Thorne (Canterbury, capt), Marty Holah (Waikato), Jerry Collins (Wellington).
Replacements: Caleb Ralph (Canterbury), Aaron Mauger (Canterbury), Byron Kelleher (Otago), Richie McCaw (Canterbury), Brad Thorn (Canterbury), Dave Hewett (Canterbury), Anton Oliver (Otago).

Wales: Rhys Williams (Cardiff Blues); Mark Jones (Llanelli), Jamie Robinson (Cardiff Blues), Mark Taylor (Llanelli), Tom Shanklin (Cardiff Blues); Stephen Jones (Llanelli), Gareth Cooper (Bath); Iestyn Thomas (Llanelli), Robin McBryde (Llanelli), Gethin Jenkins (Pontypridd), Robert Sidoli (Pontypridd), Gareth Llewellyn (Neath), Dafydd Jones (Llanelli), Martyn Williams (Cardiff Blues, capt), Colin Charvis (Swansea).
Replacements: Gavin Henson (Swansea), Ceri Sweeney (Pontypridd), Dwayne Peel (Llanelli), Jonathan Thomas (Swansea), Chris Wyatt (Llanelli), Ben Evans (Cardiff Blues), Mefin Davies (Pontypridd).

Ref: Allan Lewis (Ireland)

Touch judges: Peter Marshall (Australia), Matt Goddard (Australia)




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