Rugby union: Barrett guides All Blacks to series win over Wales

New Zealand's Beauden Barrett (left) making a pass against Wales in Wellington on June 18, 2016.
New Zealand's Beauden Barrett (left) making a pass against Wales in Wellington on June 18, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

WELLINGTON (REUTERS) - Beauden Barrett used his explosive pace to rip apart the Welsh defence twice in five minutes in the second half, that propelled the All Blacks to a 36-22 victory over the visitors on Saturday and seal their three-match series with a game to spare.

Barrett, who replaced Aaron Cruden in the first half after the fly-half suffered a neck injury, broke the game open by setting up Ben Smith's try then scored himself after Wales had fought back to 10-10 at half-time at Wellington Regional Stadium.

The All Blacks scored five tries with Smith and Israel Dagg, both playing their 50th Tests, crossing the line, with Waisake Naholo and Ardie Savea also scoring tries.

Wales lock Alun Wyn Jones scored a try after Cruden's injury, while Liam Williams and Jonathan Davies scored tries in the final six minutes.

Fly-half Dan Biggar slotted two conversions and added a 16th-minute penalty.