November 1, 2019 / 10:56 AM / 12 days ago

Rugby-New Zealand take third place with six-try win over Wales

    TOKYO, Nov 1 (Reuters) - The All Blacks bid farewell to
coach Steve Hansen and captain Kieran Read with a 40-17 victory
over Wales at Tokyo Stadium on Friday, claiming the one World
Cup prize that no team sets out to win -- third place. 
    Winger Ben Smith grabbed a brace and Joe Moody, Beauden
Barrett, Ryan Crotty and Richie Mo'unga also crossed as New
Zealand rebounded from their semi-final loss to England and
extended their 66-year winning streak over Wales to 31 tests. 
    Both teams came to play and Wales, also saying farewell to
coach Warren Gatland, ran the ball at every opportunity to score
tries through fullback Hallam Amos and Josh Adams -- a Welsh
record seventh of the tournament for the winger.     
    South Africa, who beat Wales in the other semi-final last
weekend, face off against England in the final at Yokohama
International Stadium on Saturday.  

 (Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Toby Davis)
  
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