Friday 24 November 2017

Henry wary of dragon's fire

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

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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