New Zealand vs Wales Live | Wales have flattered to deceive so far this autumn. They wasted far too many opportunities in defeat to Australia and that was followed up by a very unconvincing display against Tier 2 nation Georgia.
Presently the All Blacks move into Cardiff. They were ran near to Scotland in Edinburgh a weekend ago, and Steve Hansen will be sharp for his side to put in a greatly improved execution in Cardiff as he goes head to head against Warren Gatland out of the blue since the Lions Tour.
Warren Gatland rearranged his group against Georgia, yet the enormous names have been reestablished to the XV for the standoff against the All Blacks. Alun Wyn Jones comes back to commander the side in a forward pack that is unaltered from Wales’ thrashing to Australia a fortnight prior. Scott Williams and Rhys Webb are the main survivors from the side that scratched past Georgia a week ago.
All Blacks captain Kieran Read will miss New Zealand’s last Test of 2017 – a hip issue sees him pass up a major opportunity. Venturing up to chief the side out of the blue is bolt Sam Whitelock, who advances beyond Beauden Barrett and Sam Cane. While Read is out, Rieko Ioane gives better news to the All Blacks – the winger begins subsequent to making a startling recuperation from a shoulder issue endured against Scotland. New Zealand vs Wales Live
Wales: Halfpenny, Amos, S. Williams, O. Williams, S. Evans, Biggar, Webb; R. Evans, Owens, Francis, Ball, A.W. Jones, Shingler, Navidi, Faletau.
Substitutions: Dacey, W. Jones, Brown, Hill, Tipuric, Davies, Priestland, Roberts.
New Zealand: McKenzie; Naholo, Crotty, S.B. Williams, Ioane; B Barrett, Smith; Hames, Taylor, Laulala, Tuipulotu, Whitelock, Squire, Cane, Whitelock
Substitutions: Harris, Crockett, Tu’ungafasi, S Barrett, Todd. Perenara, Sopoaga, Lienert-Brown
Key match-up: Hallam Amos vs. Rieko Ioane
No-one expected Ioane to play against Wales, but his presence is going to provide a huge boost for the All Blacks. It remains to be seen whether his shoulder causes him any jib come Saturday, but New Zealand’s star winger strikes fear into any opponent that he faces.
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Battling against Ioane will be a stern test for Amos, a rising star in his own right. Tries against both Australia and Georgia have seen the 23-year-old handed a starting spot against the All Blacks, and the New Zealanders will certainly be keeping an eye on the Dragons wing. With Liam Williams injured, it will be crucial for Wales that Amos continues his great form.
* Wales have not beaten New Zealand since 1953 — the same year that saw Sir Edmund Hillary climb Mount Everest.
* The All Blacks are looking for their 30th consecutive victory over Wales.
* Four of Wales’ starting XV — Rhys Webb, Ken Owens, Alun Wyn Jones and Taulupe Faletau — have already beaten New Zealand this year, with the British & Irish Lions in Wellington.
Cloudy with sunny spells in Cardiff, but cold.
Both sides have had unconvincing autumns. The All Blacks have not been at their free-flowing best and Wales have been far too error prone. Steve Hansen laid into his players after their display against Scotland, and with his words ringing in the player’s ears, they should have far too much for a Wales side in transition.