New Zealand captain Richie McCaw marked his 100th Test as captain with a 34-16 victory over Wales in Cardiff, hailing his side’s belief.
New Zealand captain Richie McCaw marked his 100th Test as captain with a 34-16 victory over Wales on Saturday, praising his side’s belief in Cardiff.
It was the world champions’ 26th consecutive victory over the Welsh, who led 13-10 with 17 minutes remaining at the Millennium Stadium.
But the All Blacks piled up 24 points in the final 17 minutes against a flagging Welsh side.
New Zealand scored five tries in the second half, Julian Savea, Jerome Kaino, Barrett (2) and Kieran Read all crossing the whitewash.
“You’ve got to keep believing,” McCaw told the BBC. “It wasn’t as if we were under the pump.
“It was important to finish off the year with a performance that we can sit back for a month and be proud of,” added the flanker, shortly before New Zealand lock Brodie Retallick was named the World Rugby Player of the Year for 2014.