Ben Smith Rugby: New Zealand turn on style to clinch third at World Cup

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Wales’ flanker Justin Tipuric (left) fights for the ball with New Zealand’s lock Brodie Retallick (centre) and New Zealand’s full back Beauden Barrett during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup bronze final match between New Zealand and Wales. (Photo: AFP/Anne-Christine POUJOULA)


TOKYO:Veteran winger Ben Smith scored a classy try double as New Zealand beat Wales 40-17 to clinch third spot at the Rugby World Cup on Friday (Nov 1) in the perfect send-off for storied coach Steve Hansen.

In what was the final Test for both Hansen and Wales counterpart Warren Gatland, after seven and 12 years at their respective helms, both sides produced an entertaining encounter that saw New Zealand outscore the Welsh by six tries to two.

The result means New Zealand have won 32 of their 35 meetings with Wales, last losing in 1953, while Hansen’s incredible record includes just 10 defeats in 107 Tests in charge.

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