All Blacks beat Wales 39-21 in 1st test
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) The new-look All Blacks overcame early jitters to launch a post-Rugby World Cup era with a 39-21 win over Wales in the first test at Eden Park on Saturday.
Wales fully stretched New Zealand, testing the worth and composure of newcomers to a world champion lineup, by matching the All Blacks' two first-half tries and taking an 18-15 lead to halftime.
New Zealand still trailed, 21-18, until the 62nd minute when winger Waisake Naholo scored the second of his two tries from a tapped penalty to put his team ahead and prolong New Zealand's 63-year winning streak over Wales.
Wales showed its share of counterattacking flair, out-muscled the All Blacks at breakdowns, and defended heroically, though it eventually conceded five tries to two.