All Blacks too good for Wales

The All Blacks were ruthless in their performance to beat Wales by 42-9

New Zealand put on a masterclass in playing at pace – every player took the ball from depth and ran at space, whilst Dan Carter appeared to be close to his best form putting people through gaps and causing problems for the defence himself.

This might be decidedly harsh on Wales and perhaps a reflection of the All Black defence, but they looked fairly English today. They didn’t create many opportunities, and when they did have the ball, they passed from static man to static man until the All Blacks flooded a ruck and turned them over.

The dynamism of the All Blacks’ pack was something to behold, and Wales simply could not live with them. Although they were technically in the game at half time trailing 15-9, New Zealand found another gear or two after the break and the away side didn’t really get a look-in.

With the World Cup just over a year away, you wouldn’t bet against the All Blacks to win at home on this evidence.