8 Nov 2009

All Blacks fend off Wales for win

9:52 am on 8 November 2009

The All Blacks extended their domination of Wales with a 19-12 victory at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

The win in Cardiff takes New Zealand's tally to 21 successive victories against the Welsh since 1953.

There was little between the teams in a cagey first half as two penalties apiece for first five-eighths Dan Carter and Stephen Jones saw them reach half-time level at 6-6.

However, the All Blacks took command after the break and, after another penalty for Carter, they pulled clear when hooker Andrew Hore charged over for the only try of the game.

The conversion and a further penalty for Carter took New Zealand 19-6 ahead and left him one point behind Andrew Mehrtens (967) as the All Blacks' all-time leading scorer.

Two more penalties from Jones brought Wales back within seven points but, despite a late flurry, New Zealand held on.