New Zealand take third place with six-try win over Wales
TOKYO – The All Blacks bid farewell to coach Steve Hansen and captain Kieran Read with a 40-17 victory over Wales at Tokyo Stadium on Friday, claiming the one World Cup prize that no team sets out to win – third place.
🗣 "This jersey means a lot. It's been part of my life for a long time. For me it dictates that you try and leave it in a better place than you found it."@AllBlacks Kieran Read discusses his side's win which secured the Bronze Medal #RWC2019 #NZLvWAL #RWCTokyo pic.twitter.com/hu3G9xrcx6— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) November 1, 2019
Winger Ben Smith grabbed a brace and Joe Moody, Beauden Barrett, Ryan Crotty and Richie Mo'unga also crossed as New Zealand rebounded from their semi-final loss to England and extended their 66-year winning streak over Wales to 31 tests.
Both teams came to play and Wales, also saying farewell to coach Warren Gatland, ran the ball at every opportunity to score tries through fullback Hallam Amos and Josh Adams – a Welsh record seventh of the tournament for the winger.
🗣 "We had nothing to lose really so wanted to show our intentions to go out with a bang."@WelshRugbyUnion skipper Alun Wyn Jones reflects on his side's performance tonight #RWC2019 #NZLvWAL #RWCTokyo pic.twitter.com/NpX6bKXMq4— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) November 1, 2019
South Africa, who beat Wales in the other semi-final last weekend, face off against England in the final at Yokohama International Stadium on Saturday.Reuters