Wales 19 lost to New Zealand 24
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- Monday, October 4th, 1993
- John Connolly
- Vetch Field (Swansea)
|Tries||Gerald Cordle (2)||Sean Hoppe|
|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|
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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