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All Blacks fans in sombre mood despite bronze win over Wales

The Kiwi’s in attendance at New Zealand’s third place play-off match with Wales at Tokyo Stadium were visibly shaken by their sides inability to reach the final in a World Cup that they were favourites to win.

Their mood was lightly lifted by their teams convincing 40-17 triumph over Wales, in what will be Wales’ coach Warren Gatland’s final game in charge.

Gatland’s 12-year reign, highlighted by four Six Nations titles, three Grand Slams and two World Cup Semi-Final appearances, could not find an explosive finish.

New Zealand’s winning run against Wales has now been extended to 31 games, having not lost a match against them since 1953.

New Zealand had the game sewn up by half-time through wing Ben Smith’s try double, plus touchdowns for prop Joe Moody and full-back Beauden Barrett, with fly-half Richie Mo’unga kicking four conversions.

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