All Blacks take third place with 40-17 win over Wales

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The All Blacks bid farewell to manager Steve Hansen and captain Kieran Read with a 40-17 feat over Wales during Tokyo Stadium on Friday, claiming a one World Cup esteem that no group sets out to win — third place.

Winger Ben Smith grabbed a column and Joe Moody, Beauden Barrett, Ryan Crotty and Richie Mo’unga also crossed as New Zealand rebounded from their semifinal detriment to England and extended their 66-year winning strain over Wales to 31 tests.

Both teams came to play and Wales, also observant farewell to manager Warren Gatland, ran a round during each event to measure tries by fullback Hallam Amos and Josh Adams — a Welsh record seventh of a contest for a winger.

South Africa, who kick Wales in a other semifinal final weekend, face off opposite England in a final during Yokohama International Stadium on Saturday.

“It was only critical we came behind and respected a jersey and a fans and put that one final week behind us,” pronounced Hansen.”We’ve played good footy throughout, though one bad diversion and you’re out. That’s knockout footy. Really unapproachable of a boys.”

While pundits and fans had questioned a aptitude of a third-place playoff, both sides pronounced a diversion was an event to bury a demons of their semifinal losses. It was also still a exam between normal rivals, with a All Blacks braggadocio a winning strain opposite Wales that stretches behind to 1953.

Read and associate veterans Crotty, Smith and Sonny Bill Williams, who were all personification their final games for a All Blacks, were glorious as New Zealand built a 35-10 lead early in a second half.

The All Blacks threatened from a opening and scored a fifth-minute try from column Moody, an instance of how they can play when their round doing and using into space clicks.

Fullback Barrett extended a lead to 14-0 reduction than 8 mins after when he took an inside pass from scrumhalf Aaron Smith before Wales had their best duration of a match.

Gatland’s side deserted a forbidding diversion they had played opposite South Africa final week and were prepared to widespread a round wide, with fullback Hallam Amos ghosting on to a prolonged pass after 15 phases to give Wales their initial try.

“Our boys never gave adult and attempted to play some good rugby though substantially a diversion too distant for us,” pronounced Gatland. “I’ve desired my time in Wales though that era’s over now and I’m looking brazen to a subsequent challenge.”

Rhys Patchell combined a chastisement to revoke a opening to 14-10 before Ben Smith crossed twice, initial by fending off Adams and afterwards racing divided outward a defenders after a prolonged pass from his scrumhalf, to give a All Blacks a 28-10 halftime lead.

Crotty crossed after another Williams offload dual mins into a second half while Smith combined what he suspicion was a third try, before arbitrate Wayne Barnes called it behind for a knock-on progressing in a buildup.

Wales afterwards built behind into a diversion and Adams burrowed over after another postulated and tranquil duration of play to obscure Shane Williams’s six-try transport during a 2007 tournament.

“We attempted to play a bit though a measure substantially didn’t simulate that,” pronounced Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones. “I consider many of a patrol warranted their initial caps underneath (Gatland), his bequest is a lot bigger than one game.”


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