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Score 40-17 against Wales in third-place play-off
Tokyo, Japan, November 2, 2019
After the loss to England in the semi-final last week, New Zealand ended its World Cup campaign – and Steve Hansen’s tenure as Head Coach – on a positive note with the win in the third-place playoff, extending their 66-year winning streak over Wales to 31 Tests.
Playing with intent and accuracy that had been lacking last weekend, New Zealand scored six tries to two at Tokyo Stadium.
Hansen said that the players did very well to pick themselves up for the match.
“There was a lot of external talk about not wanting to play this game. We have come off an extremely disappointing result against England but I think we have come back and shown some real character and commitment to the jersey.
“Hopefully we have made a lot of New Zealanders who have travelled and a lot of New Zealanders back home proud,” he said.
Both teams came to play and Wales, also saying farewell to Coach Warren Gatland, ran the ball at every opportunity.
But it was the All Blacks who racked up four first-half tries to prop Joe Moody, fullback Beauden Barrett and Ben Smith, who picked up a double in his last game for the team.
The outgoing outside back was denied a hat-trick by the Television Match Official, but still went past Jonah Lom
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