Even with their grognards (Justin Tipuric, George North and Ken Owens) called up in the absence of their usual captain, opener and strategist Dan Biggar, Wales could not do anything against the All Blacks, victorious without firing a shot ( 23-55) on Saturday at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. Relaxed, inventive and inspired, the New Zealanders who were said to be in difficulty nevertheless made short work of the Red Dragons, winning eight tries in two, with the doubles of their hooker Codie Taylor (11th, 19th) and their scrum half Aaron Smith (46th, 53rd).
If we add eleven points at the foot of the opener Richie Mo’unga (four conversions and a penalty goal), New Zealand has never been in great difficulty. The two times the Welsh came back to score (32nd and 51st), the All Blacks then knew how to accelerate to break away irresistibly. Partners from the kick-off, the three Barrett brothers (back Beauden, center Jordie and second-line Scott) did wonders, and with them the impeccable and sharp third-line center Ardie Savea, at the top of his game and author of a spectacular try in the 65th d a one-sided game.