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New Zealand v France - Live
New Zealand 24 France 9
80 CONVERSION, NEW ZEALAND, CARTER! 24-9. Carter adds the extras to seal the deal for the hosts! although the scoreline shows a big win for the hosts things did not go their own way throughout. However, their substitutions proved crucial and clinched the result in the end.
80 TRY, NEW ZEALAND, BARRETT! 22-9. Beauden Barrett rounds off a back-line move in which Dagg offloads to Ben Smith. The right wing kicks ahead and Barrett gathers before sailing over the try-line in front of his home crowd!
78 New Zealand attack deep inside France's 22 but Maxime Marcheneaud wins a turnover and kicks ahead! He gives chase but Dagg gathers and throws a long pass to Charles Piutau. He offloads to Ben Smith who is tackled into touch by Dulin.
75 Dimitri Szarzewski is penalised for a ruck infringement and Carter kicks for touch. He fails to find touch and Dulin gathers before setting off on a run from inside his 22.
73 PENALTY, NEW ZEALAND, CARTER! 17-9. Carter punishes Maestri's indiscretion and puts more daylight between his side and the visitors!
72 YELLOW CARD, FRANCE, MAESTRI! Yoann Maestri will spend the rest of the match on the sidelines for a shoulder charge on Steven Luatua off the ball at a ruck.
71 The All Blacks attack inside France's 22 but a pass goes to ground at Marc Andreu kicks ahead! He gives chase but Kerr-Barlow holds him back and France are awarded a penalty which Tales puts out just short of the halfway line.
69 The All Blacks attack with their backs but lose momentum when Dagg is nailed by a huge hit from Mathieu Bastareaud!
67 The All Blacks take the ball through several phases until Ranger makes a scintillating break just outside France's 22. The ball is recycled and after the forwards set up a ruck Kerr-Barlow passes to Ranger who is tackled into touch by Dulin.
64 Dulin fields a ball and despite pressure from Ranger and Carter does well to boot the ball into touch 10 metres outside his 22.
62 The All Blacks carry strongly inside their half with Owen Franks, Conrad Smith and Cane all handling. They lose momentum, however, when Tawera Kerr-Barlow knocks on at a ruck.
59 PENALTY, NEW ZEALAND, CARTER! 14-9. Carter punishes another ruck infringement from France's forwards and gives his side a valuable five-point lead!
57 Doussain clears his line but fails to find touch. The All Blacks launch a counter attack with Dagg, Ranger and Ben smith prominent. They are eventually camped on the edge of les Bleus' 22.
55 Carter gets a chance to extends his side's lead, after Benjamin Kayser infringes at a ruck, but his kick is wide of the uprights!
53 France attack off the back of a scrum and take the ball out wide to their backs. they make little headway as Fofana is nailed by a big hit from Conrad Smith!
51 Dagg catches France off guard when he puts in a 45-metre kick which rolls into touch inside the visitors' 22.
50 PENALTY, NEW ZEALAND, CARTER! 11-9. Carter regains the lead for the hosts after Tales is penalised for being offside.
47 PENALTY, FRANCE, DOUSSAIN! 8-9. Doussain adds another three-pointer after Sam Cane is pinned for a high tackle on the les Bleus number nine.
45 Claassen picks up and goes off the back of a scrum and offloads to Doussain, who has a crack at the All Blacks defence. He sets up a ruck but Dusautoir knocks on when he tries to set off on a run.
42 New Zealand take the ball through the hands but lose possession when Read knocks on a pass from Dagg.
41 Carter gets the second half started with a deep kick which Claassen collects inside his 22. He is tackled by Read but France recycle quickly and Tales puts the ball out midway between his 22 and the halfway line.
New Zealand 8 - 6 France
40 From a scrum on France's five-metre line, Antonie Claassen pics up and boots it into touch. That's the final act of the half as referee Nigel Owens blows his whistle to signal half-time. It's been an evenly contested affair and France have certainly given a better account of themselves. The All Blacks have done most of the attacking but les Bleus have done well on defence. There's still plenty to play for so the second half should be an interesting affair.
40 France fail to control the ball from the restart and Nonu gathers and kicks ahead! Conrad Smith gathers and goes over France's try-line but loses possession in the process!
40 PENALTY, FRANCE, DOUSSAIN! 8-6. Doussain eventually gets one over after Crockett is penalised for illegal entry at a maul.
38 France set up a maul from a line-out and win some yardage from the drive. The All blacks are battling to stop their momentum.
36 TRY, NEW ZEALAND, B SMITH! 8-3. The All Blacks take the ball through several phases inside France's 22 and eventually take the ball wide. Dagg offloads to Ben Smith who slides in at the corner with two defenders on his back! Carter misses the conversion.
34 Thomas Domingo is penalised for illegal scrummaging. Carter kicks for touch and puts the ball out on the edge of France's 22.
32 Doussain has another shot at goal, after Franks is again pinned for a scrum infringement, but once again his effort is off target!
29 Ranger sets off on a run and beats three tackles before being brought to ground! The All blacks recycle the ball but lose possession when Victor Vito knocks on.
26 This time it's Carter's turn to miss a shot at goal after the French infringe at a ruck. He strikes it well but hits the post and les Bleus gain a reprieve!
24 Damien Chouly is played in the air at a line-out by Kieran Read. France are awarded a penalty and Tales kicks for touch. His effort travels some distance but Ranger does brilliantly to keep it in play.
22 Doussain has a chance to extend France's lead after owen Franks is pinned for illegal scrummaging. The scrum-half strikes it well but is effort is wide of the mark.
19 Brice Dulin pins the All Blacks inside their 22 with a beautifully-weighted kick upfield. It's not out but Ben Smith fields it close to the corner flag. He passes to Israel Dagg, who puts the ball out just outside his 22.
17 PENALTY, NEW ZEALAND, CARTER! 3-3. Carter gets the All Blacks' first points after Yoann Maestri is penalised for deliberately collapsing a maul.
15 Dan Carter puts a grubber kick through which Yoann Huget gathers inside his 22. He slips in the process and is bundled into touch by Ma'a Nonu and Rene Ranger.
13 There's an electrifying burst from Jean-Marc Doussain! He is ankle tipped by Piri Weepu but offloads to Marc Andreu who sets off on a run inside the All Blacks' 22. He is brough to ground by Israel Dagg but the ball is then spun wide. It takes a great cover tackle from Conrad Smith on Thierry Dusautoir close to the All Blacks' try-line to prevent a certain try!
10 Tales spots the All Blacks' defence lying flat and launches a cross 30 metre cross-kick which rolls into touch inside the home side's 22.
8 DROP GOAL, FRANCE, FRITZ! 0-3. Florian Fritz drops into the pocket and guides the ball through the uprights from about 30 metres out! This after the French forwards do well in the build-up, when they take the ball through several phases close to New Zealand's 22.
6 The sides pack down for the first scrum. It's just inside France's 22 and the visitors are immediately awarded a penalty when Wyatt Crockett is blown up for scrumming inwards.
4 New Zealand are on the attack inside France's 22 and take the ball through 13 phases. France do remarkably well to win a turnover and Tales clears his line with a kick into touch.
2 France win a turnover inside New Zealand's 22! Tales stabs through a grubber kick over the heads of the All Blacks' backs but Wesley Fofana and Florian Fritz are penalised for being offside. There's a huge sigh of relief amongst the All Blacks supporters as Carter puts the penalty into touch midway between his 22-metre line and the halfway mark.
Kick-off Remi Tales gets us underway! His kick is gathered by Victor Vito who sets up a ruck inside his 22.
Haka There's an electrified vibe out on the field as the All Blacks do a stirring version of the Kapa o Pango haka! The French stare them down and accept the challenge!
Anthems The two sides stand to attention for the singing of their respective anthems. First up is France's La Marseillaise, with God Defend New Zealand shortly afterwards.
Team news France have made eight changes to their starting XV. Castres pivot Remi Tales comes in for the injured Fred Michalak to form a new half-back combination alongside Jean Marc-Doussain, who starts in place of the benched Maxime Machenaud. Brice Dulin gets a start at full-back while Marc Andreu is on the right wing, with the rest of the backs remaining the same from last weekend's loss in Christchurch. Coach Philippe Saint Andre has also made alterations to his pack with Antoine Claassen replacing the injured Louis Picamoles in a back-row that includes flanker Damien Chouly. Alexandre Flanquart comes in for Christophe Samson at lock while Benjamin Kayser takes over the hooking role in place of Dimitri Szarzewski.
Team news The All Blacks have made five changes to their team for this encounter. Piri Weepu and Dan Carter are reunited as the half-back combination. Weepu gets a start with Tawera Kerr-Barlow coming onto the bench. A fit-again Carter comes in for Aaron Cruden who is getting a rest. Rene Ranger gets his first start of the series after two cameos off the bench, with Charles Piutau coming into the 23 to cover the outside backs. In the forwards, Victor Vito comes off the bench to get his first start in 2013 allowing Matt Todd an opportunity to come onto the replacements bench. While the starting locks remain the same, Blues player Steven Luatua comes onto the bench to cover both lock and the number six position. Meanwhile, Dane Coles has suffered a calf strain and was unavailable for selection. He has been replaced in the starting XV by Andrew Hore with Keven Mealamu coming in as reserve hooker.
Welcome Hello and welcome to Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth for this Test between New Zealand and France. The All Blacks have already sewn up the series, after victories in Auckland and Christchurch, but les Bleus are always dangerous especially when they are the underdogs so don't be surprised if there's plenty of drama in this encounter. Don't go away! We'll return shortly with team news.
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