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New-Zealand 23 - France 13

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:80'
    • New Zealand
    • France
    • FT NEW ZEALAND 23-13 FRANCE
    • 80' The buzzer goes with France in possession in the New Zealand half but only about on the 10m line... but the ball goes dead pretty quickly and the All Blacks have the win.
    • 78' New Zealand with an attacking line-out just 10m out from the French tryline ... Romano ... Retallick ... Read ... back to Romano ... but the ball is not release by Romano and France will have the penalty kick to clear their lines.
    • 73' PENALTY ALL BLACKS! Cruden easily slots the penalty through the centre of the posts from right out in front. New Zealand are now 10 points ahead with just seven minutes left on the clock.
    • 72' New Zealand attack again through Nonu on the right wing ... Cruden breaks through the line ... they are playing advantage ... New Zealand do get the penalty as Vahaamahina fails to release in the tackle
    • 70' Ma'a Nonu looks to break after Conrad Smith gets a touch to the ball. But Nonu was in front of him, blocking the French and it'll be a French penalty to clear on their own 22m line
    • 66' New Zealand do well to track back and touch down on their own try line, Ben Smith getting there first after a kick upfield by Lopez.
    • 63' So close for France. Plante lines up Crockett and breaks through the line. He finds the inside pass but then the final pass to Picamoles is down round his knees. If that had been to hand, it would have been try time but instead Picamoles can only knock the ball on as he attempts to collect
    • 61' PENALTY ALL BLACKS! Cruden puts the first points on the board for the All Blacks in this second half as he takes advantage of a penalty at the breakdown from the French right in front of the posts. Picamoles was the one to infringe at the breakdown.
    • 57' Another scrum penalty to the All Blacks, it's in their own half though (just) and Cruden will kick upfield for territory.
    • 55' Brilliantly defensive scrum from New Zealand as they earn themselves a penalty and a chance to clear their lines.
    • 54' France with an attacking scrum just five metres out from the New Zealand try-line...
    • 52' Lopez's kick from just over 46 metres out has the distance but it is just left of the uprights and New Zealand escape.
    • 51' A penalty at the scrum from the All Blacks this time and Lopez will kick for points ...
    • 48' Once again New Zealand infringe at the breakdown as Romano is penalised for holding on when Vahaamahina does well to get himself over the ball. France won't take the points this time though, they'll go for territory.
    • 46' PENALTY FRANCE! The kick from right in front of the posts is a fairly easy one for replacement kicker Lopez. France chipping away at New Zealand's lead.
    • 46' Doussain, on for Machenhaud, to Nyaga ... Doussain again ... Szarzewski ... Doussain ... penalty to France and they will kick for the points
    • 43' Another wayward kick from Cruden as he pulls the ball to the right of the posts. It would possibly also have been slightly short as French fullback Huget collects without too much trouble.
    • 42' Fritz looking to run the ball out from his own 22m line but the French concede a penalty when Fritz fails to roll away ...
    • 41' Cruden gets the match back underway for the second half ...
    • HT NEW ZEALAND 17-10 FRANCE
    • 40' The hooter goes with the players in the middle of the park, France in possession. But it's not long before the ball goes dead and that will be half-time.
    • 39' CONVERSION! Another successful kick from Cruden from right in front of the posts. It's a seven point lead for the hosts once again. Just a minute left until the interval.
    • 38' TRY ALL BLACKS! Immediate retribution for the All Blacks as Nonu finds a gap in the French defence. He has Aaron Smith in support ... Smith back to Nonu ... to Sam Kane and it's the AB back rower who touches down in between the posts.
    • 37' PENALTY FRANCE! Machenaud slots the ball in between the posts without too much trouble to level up the match. The French half-back has been brilliant so far today.
    • 36' Plante races away as France look to hit back straight away. Picamoles can't quite give him the support he needs and France goes for the kick instead. New Zealand charge the ball down through Cruden but Nonu and Crockett were in front of his and there's an obstruction penalty given to France.
    • 34' CONVERSION! Pretty easy for Cruden this time around as he was taking his kick from just to the right of the posts. New Zealand are in front for the first time in the match.
    • 33' TRY ALL BLACKS! Great collect of the high-ball from Dagg ... Dagg finds Ben Smith, who races through a gaping hole in the France defence. He then offloads to Aaron Smith, who steps inside Dusautior and turns on the gas to touch down.
    • 32' Most of the rugby is being played in the middle of the park as New Zealand regain possession and look to fashion a break...
    • 29' France looking to run the ball from their own half ... Picamoles is brought down right on the left touchline and Conrad Smith gets the turn-over in the maul
    • 26' Not a great lineout from France as the maul collapses and New Zealand win the scrum through Liam Messam. Scrappy from both sides at the moment. No real momentum to the game.
    • 25' A thumping tackle by Dusautoir eventually results in a French line-out on the 10m line as they turn the ball over and work it upfield.
    • 23' PENALTY! Cruden's kick just has the legs as it curls inside the left upright. That still wasn't a great kick from the half-back but New Zealand has points on the board and that should help his confidence.
    • 21' Plante punts the ball upfield but he's offside and Cruden will have a third kick at the posts. That was a poor decision from the French winger.
    • 20' Conrad Smith again ... Israel Dagg ... trying to find either Read or Savea on the outside of him ... but his pass is forward and France will have the scrum.
    • 19' Lopez almost breaks through the All Blacks line but a great tackle by Dagg ... and Read turns the ball over ... Conrad Smith to Ben Smith ... New Zealand into French territory...
    • 16' This time Cruden pulls his kick to the right of the posts, albeit it on a fairly tough angle from out on the right wing.
    • 15' New Zealand have a scrum just 10m out from the French try-line and then get another penalty when Ducalcon infringes at the scrum ... Read points to the posts again.
    • 12' New Zealand with their first kick at goal now as Read tells Cruden to go for the points from their first penalty, when Vahaamahina is caught playing the ball from an off-side position. But the half-back pulls his kick across the front of the posts and off to the left. It was also lacking distance.
    • 10' CONVERSION! Marchenaud doesn't have too much trouble in adding the extras to the try, kicking from just to the left of the uprights.
    • 9' TRY FRANCE! Wesley Fofana takes full advantage of Nonu and Sam Cane falling over each other and races through the gap created. The winger, who the French are claiming is their most exciting back in some years, has the pace to outrun the rest of the NZ defence, including Dagg and he dives over the line.
    • 7' Cruden finds Nonu, who breaks through the line ... France eventually close the gap and NZ lose the ball forward so it'll be a scrum
    • 4' Dusautoir ... early drop kick attempts ... but new-cap Camille Lopez has pulled his kick to the left of the uprights ... and New Zealand regain possession.
    • 3' Szarzewski throws out to Dusautoir at the back of the lineout and France are on the move ...
    • 2' France get the first penalty with Read holding on when Domingo was right over the top of the ball and had a golden opportunity to turn the ball over. France are in their own half though and will have to kick for territory rather than points.
    • 2' New Zealand looking to run the ball out of the own half very early on ... Cruden ... Aaron Smith ... Read ... Cruden ... the All Blacks are into French territory.
    • 1' France get the clash underway through the boot of Maxime Machenaud...
    • 08:34 The national anthems and the haka complete, we are just about ready to get this clash underway. Wayne Barnes is tonight's referee.
    • 08:21 France will be looking to exact revenge. But the two teams have had very different paths since then, New Zealand maintaining their form despite losing coach Graham Henry and a number of veteran players while France endured a shockingly poor Six Nations tournament back in February and March.
    • 08:17 This is a rematch of the 2011 World Cup final at Eden Park, when the All Blacks triumphed in close circumstances.
    • 08:16 France: 15 Yoann Huget, 14 Adrien Plante, 13 Florian Fritz, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Maxime Medard, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (c), 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 3 Luc Ducalcon, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 1 Thomas Domingo. Replacements: 16 Guilhem Guirado, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Daniel Kotze, 19 Akexandre Flanquart, 20 Yannick Nyanga, 21 Jean-Marc Doussain, 22 Frederic Michalak, 23 Maxime Mermoz.
    • 08:16 New Zealand: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Wyatt Crockett. Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Ben Afeaki, 19 Jeremy Thrush, 20 Victor Vito, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Rene Ranger.
    • 08:15 Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage from France's first Test of three against New Zealand at Eden Park.
  • Summary

    New Zealand versus France
    Smith 33’, Cane 38’ Tries Fofana 10’
    Cruden 34’, 39’ Conversions Machenaud 11’
    Cruden 22’, 61’, 75’ Penalties Machenaud 36’, Lopez 47’
      Drops  

Live Team Line-Up

  • New Zealand

    Manager: Steve Hansen

    On the Field

    • Crockett Substitution Out (75′)
    • Coles Substitution Out (56′)
    • Franks Substitution Out (61′)
    • Romano
    • Retallick
    • Messam
    • Cane Try
    • Read
    • Smith Try Substitution Out (66′)
    • Cruden Substitution Out (75′)
    • Savea
    • Nonu
    • Smith
    • Smith
    • Dagg Substitution Out (67′)

    Subs

    • Mealamu Substitution In (56′)
    • Franks Substitution In (61′)
    • Vito
    • Barrett Substitution In (75′)
    • Kerr-Barlow Substitution In (66′)
    • Ranger Substitution In (67′)
    • Afeaki Substitution In (75′)
    • Thrush

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

  • France

    Manager: Philippe Saint-André

    On the Field

    • Domingo Substitution Out (52′)
    • Szarzewski Substitution Out (58′)
    • Ducalcon Substitution Out (52′)
    • Vahaamahina
    • Maestri Substitution Out (71′)
    • Dusautoir
    • Ouedraogo Substitution Out (37′)
    • Picamoles
    • Machenaud Substitution Out (43′)
    • Lopez Substitution Out (66′)
    • Médard
    • Fofana Try
    • Fritz Substitution Out (70′)
    • Planté
    • Huget

    Subs

    • Michalak Substitution In (66′)
    • Debaty Substitution In (52′)
    • Nyanga Substitution In (37′)
    • Mermoz Substitution In (70′)
    • Guirado Substitution In (58′)
    • Kotze Substitution In (52′)
    • Doussain Substitution In (43′)
    • Flanquart Substitution In (71′)

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

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