HOW NEW ZEALAND AND WALES STACK UP AHEAD OF SATURDAY’S SECOND TEST IN WELLINGTON:
SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 7.35pm
New Zealand v Wales at Westpac Stadium
Head to Head: All Blacks 28 Wales 3
Last clash: All Blacks 39 Wales 21, at Eden Park, June 11, 2016
The All Blacks looked short of a gallop yet still cleared away from the tourists by 18 points at Eden Park. It’s hard to believe they’ll be so generous with their error count or dicey defensive line. Wales must learn to play out 80 minutes or the series will be lost with a Test to spare and their long wait for a win over New Zealand will drag on.
Keys: How’s the Welsh lung capacity? And can their bench match the impact of the hosts’ backup brigade? They couldn’t in Auckland and let a potential winning position slip away. Wales can’t afford to go into their shell. They stretched the world champions for periods varying their options cleverly. However, without injured winger George North, they lack the game-breaking personnel of the All Blacks.
NEW ZEALAND: Israel Dagg, Ben Smith, Malakai Fekitoa, Ryan Crotty, Waisake Naholo, Aaron Cruden, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read (capt), Sam Cane, Jerome Kaino, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Owen Franks, Dane Coles, Joe Moody. Reserves: Nathan Harris, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Patrick Tuipulotu, Ardie Savea, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Seta Tamanivalu.
WALES: Rhys Patchell, Liam Williams, Jonathan Davies, Jamie Roberts, Hallam Amos, Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb, Taulupe Faletau, Sam Warburton (capt), Ross Moriarty, Alun Wyn Jones, Luke Charteris, Samson Lee, Ken Owens, Gethin Jenkins. Reserves: Scott Baldwin, Rob Evans, Tomas Francis, Bradley Davies, Ellis Jenkins, Gareth Davies, Rhys Priestland, Scott Williams.
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Tip: All Blacks by 18 points