New Zealand beats Wales 36-22 in 2nd test

New Zealand beats Wales 36-22 in 2nd test

Updated Mar. 5, 2020 1:21 a.m. ET

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Israel Dagg and Ben Smith marked their 50th test matches with tries as New Zealand beat Wales 36-22 in the second rugby test on Saturday for a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Dagg and Smith were drummed into new roles in a reorganized All Blacks backline, forced by the dropped left winger Julian Savea. Smith moved from fullback to the right wing and Dagg returned to the lineup at fullback for his first test in a year.

Dagg showed his sharpness with a 28th minute try that gave New Zealand a 10-3 lead before Wales equalized with a try to 101-test lock Alun Wyn Jones just before halftime.

Smith put the All Blacks ahead in the 52nd minute with a try that finally broke down Wales' gritty defense.