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Key moments as New Zealand beat Wales
2019 Rugby World Cup bronze final
Wales (10) 17
Tries:Amos, AdamsCons:Patchell, BiggarPen:Patchell
New Zealand (28) 40
Tries:Moody, B Barrett, Smith 2, Crotty, Mo’ungaCons:Mo’unga 5

Warren Gatland’s 12-year reign in charge of Wales ended with a 40-17 defeat against New Zealand in the World Cup bronze match in Tokyo.

Steve Hansen ensured he left the All Blacks on a winning note as his side clinched third place in Japan with a six-try display.

Wing Ben Smith scored two tries and Joe Moody, Beauden Barrett, Ryan Crotty and Richie Mo’unga also crossed.

Hallam Amos and Josh Adams scored tries for Wales.

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New Zealand demonstrated a more ruthless edge, with Wales not capitalising on territory and possession superiority.

Defence coach Shaun Edwards will also be unhappy at Wales missing more than 30 tackles.

Wales’ defeat ensured a second fourth-place World Cup overall finish to emulate their position in 2011, with their third place in 1987 remaining the finest effort.

Their losing streak against the All Blacks remains at 66 years, with New Zealand celebrating a 31st successive win in this fixture.

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen and Wales boss Warren Gatland were both overseeing their last games in charge

Wales and New Zealand would both have preferred to have been involved in the final but those dreams were dashed after semi-final defeats against South Africa and England.

So it was more sentiment than silverware at stake in Tokyo.

Gatland bowed out after 12 years in charge, a period in which Wales have won four Six Nations titles – including three Grand Slams – and reached two World Cup semi-finals.

Hansen stepped up from his assistant role to take over from Graham Henry after the 2011 World Cup success and guided the All Blacks to retain their title four years later.

Injuries bite

Following the five-day turnaround, Wales only had 26 fit players to pick from and made nine changes from the South Africa defeat.

Some were enforced through injuries, with George North, Leigh Halfpenny, Aaron Wainwright, Tomas Francis joining Liam Williams, Josh Navidi and Cory Hill on the sidelines.

Gareth Anscombe, Taulupe Faletau and Ellis Jenkins had already been ruled out before the tournament started.

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