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Last Updated: Sunday, 2 November, 2003, 11:29 GMT
C'watch: NZ 53-37 Wales

All the action from the Pool D decider in Sydney where Wales give the favourites the fright of their lives before finally succumbing to the tournament favourites.

Latest action appears first - scroll down for earlier news.


Full time: New Zealnd 53-37 Wales


80 mins: A sublime Gethin Jenkins pass sparks another Wales attack from deep in their half. They lose the ball, though, and Spencer fires the All Blacks straight back. The final whistle goes to signal the end of a breathtaking encounter.

79 mins: Muliaina touches down after a Mauger grubber kick through, but the try is ruled out as Howlett was in front of the kicker.

76 mins: Brad Thorn blasts through a tiring Wales defence as NZ fire back into the Wales 22, but there they concede a scrum.

75 mins: After eight phases of play the ball is spun to Spencer who feeds Aaron Mauger who crosses under the posts. MacDonald converts. Dwayne Peel replaces Cooper for Wales.
NZ 53-37 Wales

74 mins: Holah and McCaw prominent in a dynamic NZ attack that fires them deep into Wales territory.

72 mins: NZ win a penalty in the Wales 22 after Gethin Jenkins comes in at the side of a ruck. MacDonald targets the posts - and makes no mistake.
NZ 46-37 Wales

71 mins: Wales return to the attack, but the ball is turned over on the NZ 22.

68 mins: NZ are awarded a free kick after problems setting the scrum, but NZ choose to scrum again. Marshall darts and feeds Howlett who goes in at the corner, but the referee goes to the video judge. Wales claim a forward pass, but complaints are waved off and the try is awarded as the fourth official only checks whether Howlett was in touch. MacDonald fails to convert. Hammett replaces Mealumu for NZ.
NZ 43-37 Wales

67 mins: After a controversial penalty wins them field position, NZ gain a scrum 5m from the Wales line.

65 mins: Mark Taylor goes for a gap but knocks on.

64 mins: Jon Thomas splits the NZ defence in midfield to take Wales to the 22 where they win an attacking scrum.

63 mins: Dafydd Jones replaces Alix Popham for Wales.

60 mins: Carlos Spencer is fed quickly from the scrum and he uses his pace to beat the covering defence. MacDonald hits the post with the conversion. Wales replace McBryde with Mefin Davies.
NZ 38-37 Wales

59 mins: NZ roll back up to the Welsh line. Marshall and then Meeuws go close but are held up a short. Chris Wyatt replaces Brent Cockbain for Wales. Another 5m Kiwi scrum.

56 mins: Wales disrupt the NZ scrum and hack clear to touch.

55 mins: NZ spin the ball to their backs but Muliaina is held up over the line. Attacking scrum five to NZ.

54 mins: Popham drives from the scrum but is isolated and concedes a penalty. Spencer kicks to the corner.

53 mins: Shanklin knocks on at the restart and NZ press. They attack dangerously but the Welsh defence holds firm and Howlett knocks on.

52 mins: NZ come in from the side of a ruck to give Wales a penalty in front of the posts. Stephen Jones goes for goal - and succeeds.
NZ 33-37 Wales

50 mins: A superb Sweeney kick deives Wales to the NZ 22. Jeery Collins leaves the field, replaced by Marty Holah.

48 mins: The ball is won efficiently and spread across the back line where Doug Howlett has too much gas for the covering defence and he goes round Mark Taylor for a try. MacDonald hooks a simple conversion wide, his first miss of the night. Meeuws replaces Hewett at prop for NZ.
NZ 33-34 Wales

47 mins: NZ battle back to the Wales 22 where the men in red are forced to concede a penalty after slowing the ball. NZ go for the corner and a line out 5m from the line.

44 mins: Sweeney breaks from deep in his own half and goes 60m, linking well with Charvis. The ball is recycled and Gareth Thomas spins it left where Shane Williams goes clear in the corner to give Wales the lead. Stephen Jones converts.
NZ 28-34 Wales

42 mins: Stephen Jones goes for a penalty after Hewett indiscipline at a scrum. He is successful from 48m to bring Wales within a point.
NZ 28-27 Wales

41 mins: The action starts again and from the NZ kick off Stephen Jones tries to run from his own half. Common sense prevails with Sweeney who kicks to touch.


Half-time: NZ 28-24 Wales


39 mins: An efficient line out, the ball comes to Charvis who piles over for Wales' third try. Jones converts as the sides leave for half time.
NZ 28-24 Wales

38 mins: Shane Williams tears the NZ defence apart again and Wales are into the NZ 22. Wales can't quite find the supporting runners in space, but Collins is pulled up for a high tackle and Wales win a penalty as the crowd warm to the plucky underdogs. Jones kicks to the corner for a line out 5m from the NZ line.

37 mins: News that Sonny Parker's injury is to his shoulder, which he was carrying coming into the game.

33 mins: A superb Shane Williams break splits the NZ defence. Shanklin supports well and feeds Sonny Parker who gets Wales' second try. Parker grimaces as he lands on his troublesome forearm in scoring and is forced from the field, Sweeney returning. Jones converts the try.
NZ 28-17 Wales

32 mins: Jerry Collins is replaced by Rodney So'oialo. Mark Taylor returns in place of Sweeney. Adam Jones leaves the field, Gethin Jenkins on at tighthead.

28 mins: Marshall kicks to touch 5m from the Welsh line. NZ turn over the Welsh line out maul. Spencer launches a bomb to the corner, lock Ali Williams climbing high above Shane Williams to gather the ball and flop over for his first try for the All Blacks. MacDonald converts.
NZ 28-10 Wales

27 mins: Wales try to run from their 22 but make no impression and concede a scrum.

26 mins: NZ knock on from their attack and turn over possession.

25 mins: Robin McBryde concedes a kickable penalty for holding on after snaffling good ball on the floor. Spencer goes for the corner.

24 mins: Another Stephen Jones chip breaks the NZ defence, but he just fails to regather. NZ hack back and only the bounce of the ball denies Howlett a try at the other end of the pitch. A badly cut mouth forces Mark Taylor to the blood bin, Ceri Sweeney taking his place.

23 mins: Muliaina sparks a NZ attack, but it breaks down when Somerville knocks on. An excellent Gareth Thomas clearing kick to the NZ half.

19 mins: McCaw and Collins make big inroads and take NZ to the Wales 22. NZ quickly take a penalty and MacDonald crosses for their third try without a hand laid on him. Macdonald converts his own try.
NZ 21-10 Wales

15 mins: A superb Jon Thomas break takes Wales to the NZ line. They can't convert for a score but are awarded a penalty, Jones goes for goal. Good news for Wales on Garan Evans who is concussed but has no serious damage. Jones slots the penalty.
NZ 14-10 Wales

13 mins: NZ attack from deep. It looks innocuous, but it comes to Rokocoko who is lethal down the left and leaves defenders trailing from 65m for a stunning score. MacDonald converts.
NZ 14-7 Wales

10 mins: Wales maintain possesion well, a Stephen Jones chip and gather breaks the NZ line. Shanklin takes it on, a lovely Jon Thomas pass frees Mark Taylor who dummies and goes in under the posts. Stephen Jones converts.
NZ 7-7 Wales

9 mins: Wales pressure NZ's 5m scrum but they scramble clear.

8 mins: The Welsh pressure continues on the NZ line. From 13th-phase ball Jon Thomas is held up just short. It is recycled again and as Gareth Thomas stretches for the line he loses the ball in the act of scoring.

6 mins: Popham puts in a big hit on opposite number Jerry Collins. Turnover ball for Wales. Sidoli breaks free to set up a dangerous attack. The ball is recycled slowly and the NZ line looks solid, but Wales retain possession.

5 mins: Wales kick poorly to Howlett and NZ counter attack. Thomas is able to clear to half way, though.

4 mins: NZ attack from deep again and fire into the Wales 22. Another dazzling run from Rokocoko but the supporting McCaw knocks on. Garan Evans receives treatment after suffering in a mighty collision with Charvis as both tried to tackle Rokocoko. Wales call for the stretcher and substitute Gareth Thomas comes onto the pitch in the unfamiliar role of full back. A long delay as the unfortunate Evans is taken from the pitch.

2 mins: NZ advance to the Wales 22 where McBryde knocks on to give them an attacking scrum. The ball is spread wide and Joe Rokocoko makes no mistake when given an overlap, his 14th try in nine Tests this year. The opening try, converted well by Leon MacDonald.
NZ 7-0 Wales

1 min: Wales fail to contest the kick-off and the ball is immediately spun wide for Rokocoko to have a dart down the left.

Kick-off 0945 GMT: The game kicks off 10 minutes late as Australian tradition dictates, following a fierce Haka from the All Blacks.

All Blacks centre Aaron Mauger will finally make his World Cup bow after overcoming a knee injury as coach John Mitchell fielded his strongest available team.

Daniel Carter misses out as a result of Mauger's return.

In stark contrast, Wales have opted to field effectively a second-string XV as coach Steve Hansen tries to keep his key players fit for the quarter-final against England.


New Zealand: M Muliaina; D Howlett, L MacDonald, A Mauger, J Rokocoko; C Spencer, J Marshall; D Hewett, K Mealamu, G Somerville; B Thorn, A Williams; R Thorne (capt), R McCaw, J Collins
Replacements: M Hammett, K Meeuws, R So'oialo, M Holah, B Kelleher, D Carter, M Nonu

Wales: G Evans; S Williams, M Taylor, S Parker, T Shanklin; S Jones, G Cooper; I Thomas, R McBryde, A Jones, B Cockbain, R Sidoli, J Thomas, C Charvis (capt), A Popham
Replacements: M Davies, G Jenkins, C Wyatt, D Jones, D Peel, C Sweeney, G Thomas

Referee: Andre Watson (South Africa)





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