Bradley Davies admitted another "mad five minutes" cost Wales dearly as they began reflecting on their missed opportunity to beat the All Blacks on Saturday. Although the tourists prevailed 37-25 – late tries by wing Isaia Toeava and substitute prop John Afoa proved harsh on Wales – it was far from the expected cakewalk.
It is 57 years and 24 Tests since Wales had toppled the red-hot 2011 World Cup favourites but the hosts trailed just 13-12 early in the second half – the All Blacks forward Daniel Braid had been sent to the sin bin and it was time to go for the jugular against a noticeably subdued New Zealand.
Davies and company were on top up front, and the scene was set – then the Wales full-back Lee Byrne failed to find touch with a penalty, New Zealand counter-attacked and Hosea Gear claimed a killer second try.
Byrne was not the only culprit though, as New Zealand's opening two touchdowns from Gear and the outstanding full-back Mils Muliaina were direct products of collective missed tackles by George North, Tom Shanklin, Gethin Jenkins, Dan Lydiate and Ryan Jones.Reuse content