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Friday 2 December 2016

Henry wary of dragon's fire

Published 21/06/2010 | 05:00

New Zealand coach Graham Henry expects Wales to be breathing fire next weekend after being humbled by the All Blacks in Dunedin on Saturday.

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Wales were in the match at the break, trailing just 15-9, after winning the possession stakes and territorial game in the opening half. But they had only a Stephen Jones drop-goal and a penalty either side of a Leigh Halfpenny three-pointer to show for their efforts.

New Zealand were far more clinical. Keven Mealamu was the first to touch down before Cory Jane added a second, although Wales felt there had been an infringement in the build-up.

But the second half showed the gulf in class as Wales were unable to stay with the pace and intensity of the Daniel Carter-inspired All Blacks. The star out-half scorched through for two tries in a 27-point haul. Richard Kahui scored a fifth try as Wales ran out of steam.

However, All Black coach Graham Henry expects a reaction from the tourists next week. " They will be hurting and when the Welsh dragon is hurt it usually breathes a bit of fire," he said.

Irish Independent

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