At one moment during yesterday’s clash between the All Blacks and Wales at the Principality Stadium, it looked like Warren Gatland and Rob Howley were about to mastermind yet another famous victory over Steve Hansen’s side.
At halftime, only one point separated the sides after Scott Williams went over for a try just before the interval but as we have seen on so many occasions before, the All Blacks went up another gear to put the result beyond doubt. Anton Lienert-Brown and a brace from World Rugby Player Of The Year nominee Rieko Ioane cemented another victory for the All Blacks and a 100% record on their Spring Tour of the Northern Hemisphere.
While the game was in the melting pot, Wales had a lineout on the All Blacks’ 22. Wales failed to secure possession but the All Blacks knocked on when trying to claim the ball in the air. Referee Wayne Barnes blew his whistle for the offence but unfortunately for Aaron Smith, Waisake Naholo didn’t hear and flung a pass to an unexpecting Smith.
What actually makes the moment is the ironic jeers from the Welsh support, especially when the footage is replayed on the giant screen at the Principality Stadium.