Sean Fitzpatrick impressed with New Zealand's win over France
Sean Fitzpatrick was impressed with the way New Zealand capitalised on their chances against France.
Last Updated: 09/11/13 10:54pm
Since losing to England at Twickenham in November 2012, the All Blacks have once again raised the bar in international rugby by beating all comers in 2012. However, they had to pull out one of their best performances on Saturday night against the French, who will be kicking themselves for not getting at least getting a draw.
New Zealand will now head to the home of English rugby aiming to revenge that 2012 defeat and former skipper Sean Fitzpatrick is delighted with his team's showing in Paris.
"What a great game! The All Blacks were really put under pressure and I think that was the best we have seen the French play in the last 12 months.
"But New Zeland played well and took their chances - players like Charles Piatau just keep on rolling off the All Black production line and he did a job. They did not have many opportunities but when they did they capitalised.
"In the second half we saw an increase in the accuracy and intensity from the All Blacks; I really liked what I saw from them in the second half. Yes they were under pressure but in the end they came through.
"New Zealand are on a mission, they know they messed up last year in Europe and you can see that there is a steely determination in their eyes."
Former England No.10 Andy Goode was also impressed with New Zealand's performance but believe Stuart Lancaster's men will learn a lot from the way France disrupted the tourists on Saturday.
Goode said: "England will look at this match and take a lot of heart from the way France fired into rucks and made things tough for the New Zealand team.
"They can be broken down if you put pressure on their rucks and counter ruck them."
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