The previous season Wales had lost all of their Six Nations games and were a low point. They came up against New Zealand in their pool and looked set for a thrashing.
At half-time, in what has been described as 'one of the best World Cup matches ever played', Wales led by 37-33. They went on to lose but, hey, who knows what could happen this time?
We have an IRB (International Rugby Board) World Cup 2003 DVD. It includes clips from all the best games and the Wales / New Zealand match in its entirety. ES and I are thinking of watching it later.
The interesting thing is that the coach at the time, Steve Hansen, decided to save his best players for games they had a chance of winning so it was virtually the second team that faced the All Blacks on that day. Maybe that's the answer ...