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NEW ZEALAND coach Graham Henry is expecting the wounded Welsh Dragons to come out breathing fire in Saturday's second Test in Hamilton.

Wales suffered a demoralising 42-9 defeat in the first Test in Dunedin at the weekend, with the Dan Carter-inspired All Blacks running riot in the second-half as they scored 27 unanswered points.

But Henry is anticipating a passionate response from the Welsh national team, which he coached between 1998 and 2002.

"Wales have got a lot of pride as a rugby nation. They will be hurting. When the Welsh dragon is hurt, it usually breathes a bit of fire," he said.

Wales started well. They led 6-0 after quarter of an hour, and were still very much in it at the interval, trailing just 15-9. But it was a different game after the break.

"We didn't play particularly well in the first half.," said Henry. "We were a bit off the pace and we lost the kicking contest. Kicking was obviously part of Wales' game plan and they got a lot of territory in the first-half.

"We just talked a bit of reality at the break and the guys played a lot better in the second half. We played more astutely and got some field position. Our defence was superb and that created some opportunities for us as well.

"I was delighted with the way the guys played in the second half."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 21, 2010
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