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After the All Black tears in Yokohama, a little bit of joy in Tokyo. This Rugby World Cup bronze playoff victory over Wales means very little in the big scheme of things, and it won’t make up for last weekend’s semifinal devastation at the hands of England, but there was joy nonetheless tonight and pride too.
There will be a satisfaction that Kieran Read, Ryan Crotty, Sonny Bill Williams and Ben Smith have been farewelled in an appropriate manner. Read, who ran on with a smile on his face and was looking as happy as he has all week, led the haka in his 127th and final test, with the other three also heavily involved as the All Blacks maintained their winning record over Wales, who last tasted success way back in 1953.
Right wing Smith said during the build-up to this unloved fixture that he just wanted to do his family proud. He certainly would have done that; his consecutive tries at the end of the first half providing the buffer the All Blacks needed to express themselves in front of the newly-arrived Emperor and Empress after the break.
The 33-year-old, who hasn’t started a test si
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