British rugby scribes claimed that Ian Foster’s “devils in black” made the Welsh Rugby Union pay a “Faustian pact” of $ 7.6 million and lamented that “the last time the Country of Wales beat New Zealand was the same year Everest was first conquered ”.
The All Blacks were widely praised for their 54-16 beating against understaffed Wales in Cardiff on Saturday (Sunday morning New Zealand time), with Wales Online conceding that the tourists had “given a masterclass”.
Several newspapers have reported on the WRU’s decision to hold the test outside the international window, meaning coach Wayne Pivac was without his English-based players.
The Welsh Rugby Union accepted the match as a sold-out crowd of 74,000 would offer a cash bargain of £ 4million ($ 7.6million).
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Daniel Schofield, writing in The daily telegraph, said the WRU “signed a Faustian pact to play this game outside the international window and the Devils in Black made them pay the highest price for their greed.” He claimed that “the record-breaking home loss was not as painful as the sight of [Wales captain] Alun Wyn Jones injured his shoulder in the first half. ”
Schofield also injected a seasonal comparison, saying: “On the eve of Halloween, the scenery in Wales was a horror sight. Any kid running out of costume ideas could become hooker Ryan Elias whose timing with his sweaters was off by several beats. ”
Former England and Irish Lions opening half Stuart Barnes writes in The temperature, said the WRU “got what they asked for. A packed house and something in the order of £ 4million for a union in dire need of money ”, while noting the ‘odds against them’.
Robert Kitson, in The Guardian, noted that Wales’ last victory over the All Blacks was in 1953 when New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Norgay Tensing first conquered Mount Everest.
“At no point did it look like the hosts were set to climb this still elusive peak under the bright lights of Cardiff, especially after losing totem Alun Wyn Jones to an injury to the shoulder in the first quarter. The All Blacks were just a dot on the horizon at the end of the day, although they weren’t always at their best.
Kitson said Welsh fans were left to admire the brilliance of young winger All Black Will Jordan, lamenting that “all defenders in the area seemed to touch a piece of quicksand” during the “beautiful individual chip and pursuit score” by Jordan.
After seeing the All Blacks add four tries in the final quarter, Kitson marveled at how Foster’s squad, “even when it takes a while for them to get on soft European tracks,” is “very tough. to catch up”.
This withering explosion was noted by The press association, who called it a “devastating final that presented All Blacks rugby at its best.”
Planet Rugby, in his “five takeaways” from the test, said: New Zealand were at times quite convincing: their speed, organization and physique were breathtaking, with Beauden Barrett player of the match in his 100th test, ” and without a doubt, the simplest efficient player on the pitch. ” The All Blacks’ electric finish has been hailed as “a tsunami of gas, intelligence and power and based on Saturday’s performance there is has few sides in the history of the game that would have lived with them “.
Guardian Columnist Andy Bull wrote that “old friends show no mercy for Gareth Anscombe’s return to Wales” in the Kiwi’s first test after two years on the sidelines with a knee injury.
Anscombe was rated five out of 10 on Wales Online, who said: “It was a big request for him to face New Zealand after just three decent games since his return from long-term injury.”
Wales full-back Johnny McNicholl, a former Crusaders winger, got a six, Wales Online noting “he has had his moments of attack” and was “not afraid to block”, but he did. had “an occasional failure in defense” and “threw an interception that Beauden Barrett has taken advantage of lately”.
Rookie flanker Taine Basham topped the Wales standings with 8, followed by fellow backrowers Aaron Wainwright and Ross Moriarty with 7s.