New Zealand ease past Wales 40-17 thanks to superb tries in bronze final

New Zealand have won the bronze final after seeing off Wales 40-17.

The All Blacks were at their scintillating best at times, scoring some superb tries in the 80 minutes, blowing Wales away with their pace and power.

If we’re all being honest, it was the game that neither side really wanted to be a part of.

New Zealand had lost to England in the semi-final, whilst Wales just fell short against South Africa.

Despite it not being the actual showpiece final, it was still a very entertaining game to watch, and so it should’ve been. Although they fell short in their quest for World Cup glory, both sides are still two of the very best.

And it was the All Blacks that struck first after just five minutes as Joe Moody managed to reach the try line just before being tackled, with Richie Mo’unga adding the extra points.

The seven-point lead then doubled after just 13 minutes, with Steve Hansen’s men looking like they were going to ruin riot against Warren Gatland’s side.

This time it was Beauden Barrett going over, with Mo’unga once again adding the extra points.

However, Wales bounced back well to going 14-0 down and managed to score their first try of the game thanks to Hallam Amos. Rhys Patchell then did his part by adding the extra two points.

Patchell was at it again when he kicked the first penalty of the game, leaving the score at 14-10 after half an hour played.

If the two teams didn’t want to be out there due to it only being for bronze, you couldn’t tell, and New Zealand quickly responded to Patchell’s penalty by going over for their third try of the game. This time it was Ben Smith who did remarkably well to add a further five points to his side’s tally.

The extra two conversion points were added, and New Zealand extended their lead to 21-10.

As the gong struck for half-time, Smith went over yet again for the All Blacks, extending their lead to 16 points with the conversion still to come.

That conversion did come, and Hansen’s men went into the break with a 28-10 lead.

It took just one minute after the interval for New Zealand to extend their lead, Ryan Crotty this time going over the try line, and once again, Mo’unga added the extra two points.

Wales didn’t go down without swinging, however, and on the stroke of the hour mark, they reduced New Zealand’s lead to 18 points thanks to a try from Josh Adams and a conversion from Dan Biggar.

After spending his game kicking all the points for the All Blacks, Mo’unga must have got bored, so instead, he decided to score a try of his own, giving Hansen’s side a comfortable 40-17 lead with just three minutes left.

So it wasn’t the glory New Zealand wanted when they arrived in Japan, but they ended their tournament on a high with an emphatic win over the Welsh.

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