Brodie Retallick New Zealand 40-17 Wales: Ben Smith scores two tries in Rugby World Cup third-fourth place play-off

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Tears, beers and cheers for departing stars of the game here in Japan, as several glittering eras all ended at once.

For Wales, it was the final curtain with Warren Gatland after 12 years in charge as New Zealand said farewell to Steve Hansen, Kieran Read, Ben Smith, Sonny Bill Williams and Ryan Crotty.

Hansen welled up when he was interviewed on the field after his 93rd victory from his 107 Tests as coach of New Zealand.

New Zealand squad and staff celebrate with their bronze medals after winning the Rugby World Cup third-fourth play-off

New Zealand, who lost in the semi-finals to England, bow down to the Japanese public after being excellent World Cup hosts

The 40-17 victory allowed head coach Steve Hansen to end his reign in charge of the All Blacks on somewhat of a high

However, for departing Wales head coach Warren Gatland (centre) it wasn’t the winning end to his 12 years in charge there

Gatland was a little more composed. He suffered two defeats to end his outstanding 12-year stint as head coach and will return to New Zealand with Wales always in his heart.

Now he has put the pressure on to his successor, Wayne Pivac. Gatland is determined that his legacy is not wasted.

‘I really hope that what we’ve achieved in the last 12 years — and we feel we’ve earned respect, it puts respect back into Wales as an international team — that the new coaches come in and continue to build on that,’ Gatland said. ‘Because I think given what we’ve achieved, it would break my heart if Wales went back into the doldrums. I just want them to continue. There’s an opportunity for the new group to come in and build on what we’ve created.

‘It’s difficult. I know how tough it is to win the Six Nations, and you can’t be too greedy and expect to win the Six Nations every year.

‘But it’s about going out and performing well in the Six Nations and to hopefully get a few Six Nations titles along the way.

Departing Wales head coach Gatland and New Zealand counterpart Hansen chat before the match

Before kick-off, New Zealand performed their traditional Haka – which Wales observed side-by-side instead of in a V-formation

Wales wing Josh Adams makes an early d

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