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Ugly incident mars All Blacks' win
14:02 AEST Sun Nov 25 2012

The world champion All Blacks' long unbeaten streak was sullied by the second ugly on-field incident on their European tour during a 33-10 win over Wales in Cardiff.

Andrew Hore is the man under scrutiny, with coach Steve Hansen admitting the veteran hooker would "probably" be cited after decking Welsh lock Bradley Davies with a swinging arm to the side of the head from behind just 28 seconds into Saturday night's match.

It came two weeks after flanker Adam Thomson was suspended for stamping on the head of Scotland's Alasdair Strokosch during his team's 51-22 win at Edinburgh.

The International Rugby Board has indicated it will appeal the length of that ban as unduly lenient.

The All Blacks' victory extended their winning streak against Wales to 59 years while taking their unbeaten run to 20 against all nations.

But the Hore incident took gloss off their success as Davies was later admitted to hospital with concussion.

"We'll leave the citing commissioner to have a look at it," said Wales's Kiwi coach Warren Gatland.

"I haven't had a good look at the incident involving Bradley Davies but I think he has been hit from behind...he doesn't know exactly where he is right now.

"You don't associate the All Blacks with cheap shots and I hope it's not the case. Brad's gone down in a heap. Fingers crossed that he recovers."

Hansen was guarded in his reaction as he had only seen one replay.

"It looked like he (Hore) went to get him out of the way and clearly something's happened.

"It's unfortunate that it's happened and no doubt it will be talked about."

The All Blacks wasted little time in calling up hooker Hika Elliot and uncapped fly-half Tom Taylor as cover for their season-ending Test against England at Twickenham next Saturday.

Elliot came in after playing on the New Zealand Maori side that finished a three-match tour of England with victory over Canada at Oxford on Saturday.

He has a great chance of taking the field against England with Hore facing a possible ban and fellow frontline rake Keven Mealamu nursing a calf muscle injury.

Taylor will provide back-up for Dan Carter, who missed the win over Wales because of an Achilles problem.

Aaron Cruden took over the No.10 jersey against Wales and played superbly while kicking seven goals from seven attempts for 18 points, but went off midway through the second half after tightening up.

Three tries, to forwards Liam Messam, Tony Woodcock and Luke Romano inside the first 50 minutes pushed New Zealand out to 33-0 ahead before the injury-ravaged hosts dominated the last half hour to cross twice.

The result was no surprise, the All Blacks having dealt comfortably with Scotland and Italy earlier this month while the Welsh were coming off losses to Argentina and Samoa.

However, the late fight of the hosts was impressive, having trailed 23-0 at halftime and lost three players to injury inside the first 20 minutes to add to their considerable injury woes.

New Zealand captain and flanker Richie McCaw, man-of-the-match after another dominant display at the breakdown, credited Wales with not buckling.

"They fronted up. It was a good physical battle and one of the more physical I've been involved in for a while," he said.

"They stuck to their guns, but we didn't help by giving them some ball to attack with.

"But to win by 23 points in a place like this is a great result."


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