World champions New Zealand ruthlessly took Wales apart with a 33-10 win at the Millennium Stadium, but their superb display was marred by an act of thuggery from hooker Andrew Hore.
Tries from Liam Messam, Tony Woodcock and Luke Romano, plus 18 points from the boot of fly-half Aaron Cruden helped the visitors to hand Wales the heaviest home defeat of Warren Gatland's reign.
Scott Williams and Alex Cuthbert got consolation scores for the Six Nations champions, who lost Bradley Davies, Aaron Jarvis and Jamie Roberts to injury during the opening quarter.
New Zealand, despite Dan Carter's absence, were overwhelming favourites, but they did themselves little favours during a dramatic opening two minutes.
Hore got off scott-free despite wiping out Davies from behind, an incident that forced the Cardiff Blues forward off. But it did not end there. Jarvis jarred his knee when play moved upfield, and he was then carried off, meaning an early appearance for Scott Andrews, while Aaron Shingler took over from Davies.
Cruden kicked three penalties, and there was worse to come for Wales when the dangerous Julian Savea caused chaos after he ran from deep, setting up quick possession and a move that ended with Messam crossing. Cruden converted, and Wales were as good as finished, 16-0 down after 26 minutes despite producing some promising rugby in flashes.
New Zealand were already threatening to discover cruise control, and when Woodcock ploughed over, Wales had no way back. Cruden converted, and when he kicked a penalty just two minutes into the second period, Wales trailed 26-0 and were well on their way to a humiliating defeat.
They could not get out of their own half, and with New Zealand's confidence exactly what should be expected from a team unbeaten in 15 months, they added another superb score, this time from Romano.
Cruden again added the extras, which was the prelude to yet another Wales injury as flanker Ryan Jones went off, being replaced by Justin Tipuric, with the home side desperately seeking a way into the contest.
Williams scored a consolation try following superb work by the Wales forwards, and Cuthbert's late touchdown made the second-half scoreline 10-10 on a night when the reigning RBS 6 Nations champions were left searching for crumbs of comfort.
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