Wales vs New Zealand 1993

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Wales 19 lost to New Zealand 24

Match URL
Monday, October 4th, 1993
John Connolly
Vetch Field (Swansea)
  Wales New Zealand
  19 24

Match Stats

Halftime Score 9 12
Scrums 5 5
Penalties 13 6

Match Scoresheet

Tries   Gerald Cordle (2)   Sean Hoppe
        Jason Mackie
        Iva Ropati
Goals   Jonathan Davies (5)   Daryl Halligan (6/7)
Field Goals   Jonathan Griffiths    


Fullback 1. Phil Ford 1. Morvin Edwards
Wing 2. Gerald Cordle 2. Daryl Halligan
Centre 3. Allan Bateman 3. Iva Ropati
Centre 4. John Devereux 4. Whetu Taewa
Wing 5. Anthony Sullivan 5. Sean Hoppe
Five-Eighth 6. Jonathan Davies (c) 6. Gene Ngamu
Halfback 7. Kevin Ellis 7. Gary Freeman (c)
Front Row 8. Mark Jones 8. Brent Stuart
Hooker 9. Barry Williams 9. Duane Mann
Front Row 10. David Young 10. John Lomax
Second Row 11. Ian Marlow 11. Stephen Kearney
Second Row 12. Rowland Phillips 12. Quentin Pongia
Lock 13. Jonathan Griffiths 13. Jason Mackie
Bench 14. Adrian Hadley 14. Jason Williams
Bench 15. Rob Ackerman 15. Robert Piva
Coach   Clive Griffiths   Howie Tamati

Match Report

A disallowed try in the dying minutes was all that came between Wales pulling off the result of the decade in an exciting clash at Swansea.

Wales led for much of the first half. Two kicked penalties from Jonathan Davies and a drop goal from John Griffiths gave the impetus and on 27 minutes Davies put in a fantastic 40 yard kick to set up the flying Gareth Cordle to score Wales' first try.

However New Zealand were kept in the game by a succession of goals from the classy kicker Daryl Harrigan, and when Quentin Pongia punished a rare weak kick from Davies to set up Mackie just before half-time, the Kiwis took a narrow lead.

Ropati extended the lead to 7 points after the restart before Jiffy's magic took hold on the game again. He kicked a penalty and then repeated the trick of the first half, sending another long kick over the defence to give Cordle his second. Wales smelt victory at 17-16 but almost immediately a lost ball from Devereux allowed Mackie to set up the strong running Sean Hoppe. Both sides exchanged penalties and with a few minutes to go John Devereux took advantage of a hoisted bomb to send Wales into rapture with what they thought was the winning try. Agonisingly it was ruled out for offside.

A famous victory had eluded Wales; nevertheless they had sent a clear message that they were building up to the World Cup and would be willing to take on anybody.


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Contributions: Cymru RL


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