All Blacks v Wales: Three things we learned

Cameron McMillan lists three things we learned from the All Blacks 46-6 thrashing of Wales in Dunedin.

1. Dagg is back to his best

Israel Dagg at fullback and Ben Smith on the right wing seemed a controversial decision for the second test but it has proven to be another masterstroke by Steve Hansen. For the second-straight test, Dagg showed he's back to his best in the black jersey with a near flawless display in Dunedin. He actually had more running metres (196m) than the entire Welsh team (193m) combined. Meanwhile, the man he replaced at No 15, aka the world's best fullback, might also be the best wing. Give him more time at centre and he'll probably claim that title as well.

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2. Tough decision looms at No 10

Hansen and his fellow selectors will have a difficult call to pick the first-five for the next test against Australia in August. Beauden Barrett proved he's not just an impact player off the bench and ran the game with ease in Aaron Cruden's absence. It may come down to Super Rugby form to see who wears the No 10 jersey in the next test. Once again, it's another good problem for Hansen to have. Debutants Elliot Dixon and Liam Squire, along with George Moala, who was playing his second test, also made strong cases for inclusions in Sydney.


Beauden Barrett dives over to score against Wales. Photo / Brett Phibbs

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3. Dunedin produces great rugby

There are bound to be plenty of tries when playing a test at Forsyth Barr Stadium, well at least from the All Blacks on this occasion. Dunedin has seen 19 tries in the last three tests and you could tell right from the start last night that the fast pace was going to suit the All Blacks. It was always going to be a big ask for Wales to finish their season, especially a three-test series in conditions that suited the home team.

- NZ Herald

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