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Full time New Zealand 23 France 13
80 Huget makes a break and is stopped just outside New Zealand's 22! France take the ball through a couple of phases before it comes out wide to Yannick Nyanga who knocks on. The final whistle goes and the home side are victorious! They didn't have things going their own way though and France's players can hold their heads high for making this the great spectacle that it was. The All Blacks will be happy with the win but there's still plenty of work to do ahead of the second Test.
78 Tawera Kerr-Barlow launches a box kick and Yoann Huget gives chase. The French full-back touches the ball which rolls into touch inside his own 22.
76 Fofana clears his line with a huge touchfine which goes into touch close to the halfway mark!
75 PENALTY, NEW ZEALAND, CRUDEN! 23-13. Cruden puts more daylight between themselves and the visitors with an easy three-pointer after France infringe inside their 22.
73 les Bleus are trying desperately to get something from this match. They attack inside their 22 but Cane wins a crucial turnover and the All Blacks now go onto the attack!
70 Doussain spots a gap behind New Zealand's defence and launches a box kick. But his overcooked it and once again Smith can dot down without raising a sweat!
68 Plante capitalises on an error in the All Blacks' back-line and boots the loose ball ahead! He gives chase but Ben Smith beasts him to the ball and dots down behind his line!
66 There's several re-set scrums close to New Zealand's try-line which is wasting plenty of time. Referee Barnes eventually runs out of patience and pins Debaty for an illegal bind.
63 France attack with Plante who beats a couple of defenders before getting a pass away to Fritz, who in turn offloads to Picamoles who knocks on with the try-line at his mercy!
61 PENALTY, NEW ZEALAND, CRUDEN! 20-13. Cruden regains the seven point lead for the hosts after Picamoles infringes at a ruck.
59 France try to attack from a line-out but the referee rules that Guilhem Guirado's throw was not straight and the home side gain a reprieve!
57 Debaty is penalised again for illegal scrummaging and Cruden puts the resulting penalty into touch five metres from France's try-line!
55 France are awarded the put in at a scrum on New Zealand's try-line but referee Wayne Barnes penalises Vincent Debaty for illegal scrummaging!
54 France attack from a line-out close to the All Blacks' try-line! They set up several phases but can't breach the home side's defence as they are met by a wall of black defenders!
52 Owen Franks is pinned for a scrum infringement and Lopez lines up another shot at goal. His effort sails just wide of the uprights, however!
50 les Bleus attack just outside New Zealand's 22. They set up several rucks but the home side are very competitive at the breakdowns. France eventually get a lucky break when Read knocks on.
47 PENALTY, FRANCE, LOPEZ! 17-13. Lopez has taken over the goal-kicking duties from Marcheneuad, who has been replaced by Jean-Marc Doussain due to injury. The fly-half makes no mistake with his first effort after Retallick is pinned for a ruck infringement.
45 Wyatt Crockett is penalised for dropping his bind at a scrum. Lopez puts the ball into touch five metres from New Zealand's 22-metre line.
43 Cruden gets a chance to extend the All Blacks' lead after Lopez is pinned for not releasing Savea in the tackle. But once again, Cruden's effort is off target!
40 Cruden gets the second half underway! The French fail to control the ball and Read gathers. He can't control it though and is bundled into touch just inside France's 22.
Half Time New Zealand 17 France 10
40 The All Blacks try to counter-attack but are called back when Messam throws a forward pass to Savea. That's the final act of the half as the referee blows his whistle to indicate half-time. It's been an entertaining opening period and the All Blacks were certainly surprised by the intensity of their opponents, especially during the opening 20 minutes. The hosts have struck back, however, and it will be interesting to see how this match pans out after the break.
39 CONVERSION, NEW ZEALAND, CRUDEN! 17-10. Cruden adds the two-pointer to push the home side further in front!
38 TRY, NEW ZEALAND, CANE! 15-10. Ma'a Nonu makes a break and beats three defenders! He offloads to Aaron Smith who then passes to Sam Cane who dots down under the posts!
37 PENALTY, FRANCE, MARCHENEAUD! 10-10. Marcheneaud draws the visitors level after New Zealand's back-line is penalised for straying offside!
34 CONVERSION, NEW ZEALAND, CRUDEN! 10-7. Cruden makes no mistake from the kicking tee to extend the hosts' lead!
33 TRY, NEW ZEALAND, A SMITH! 8-7. Ben Smith sets off on a mazy run from just inside his half! He beats four defenders before offloading to Aaron Smith who scores the home side's first try!
32 France take the ball through numerous phases but lose possession when Marcheneaud launches an aimless box kick which Retallick plucks from the air with great ease.
30 France are running the ball from deep inside their 22 and the All Blacks seem rattled! les Bleus come to just inside the hosts' half but concede possession when Conrad Smith manages to hold Picamoles up in the tackle.
28 Thomas Domingo is penalised when he drops his bind at a scrum. Cruden kicks for touch and puts the ball out on the edge of France's 22.
25 New Zealand attack just outside France's 22 but they concede another turnover when Liam Messam knocks on a fifty fifty pass from Brodie Retallick.
23 PENALTY, NEW ZEALAND, CRUDEN! 3-7. Cruden gets the All Blacks' first points after Plante plays the ball from an offside position.
21 Dagg goes on the attack from the back but the All Blacks concede a turnover when he knocks on after a crunching tackle from Fofana!
19 Picamoles tries to launch an attack from the base of a scrum but makes little headway as Aaron Smith and Kieran Read combine to halt his progress.
17 Luc Ducalcon is pinned for illegal scrummaging but once again Cruden fails with his place kick! This time the ball sails to the right of the uprights!
15 Cruden launches a cross-kick for Ben smith to chase. His kick is a poor one but the All Blacks gain a reprieve when Yoann Huget knocks on when he tries to field the ball inside his 22!
13 Sebastien Vahaamahina is pinned for playing the ball from an offside position. Aaron Cruden steps up to take the shot at goal but his effort is wide of the mark!
11 CONVERSION, FRANCE, MACHENEAUD! 0-7. Maxime Machenaud adds the extras to extend the visitors' lead!
10 TRY, FRANCE, FOFANA! 0-5. Floran Fritz makes a devastating break which leave Ma'a Nonu floundering! He offloads to Wesley Fofana who gets in for the game's opening points! what a try!
9 Aaron Smith sets off on a run but Louis Picamoles does brilliantly when he takes him down and wins a crucial turnover!
7 Israel Dagg looks to free up Julian Savea on the wing but his pass is slapped down by Adrien Plante.
4 The French build solidly on the edge on the home 22. Drop-goal attempt from Lopez...way wide!
2 The All Blacks make a handful of mini-breaks but the French defence holds firm. Domingo does well to compete at the breakdown and wins the first penalty. Huget looks for touch from half way and finds it just outside the NZ 22.
Kick off Here we go! Lopez kicks us off. It goes deep. The All Blacks look to run it out of their 22. Nonu eventually kicks. Huget returns fire. Again the NZ look to keep ball in hand as the build up to halfway.
anthems The teams line up for their national anthems. First it's France's La Marseillaise then the hosts' God Defend New Zealand.
Team news Hooker Dane Coles will make his first Test start for the All Blacks. Coles will earn his fifth cap and be alongside experienced props Wyatt Crockett and Owen Franks in the front-row. There are also two new caps in the matchday 23, with prop Ben Afeaki and lock Jeremy Thrush, set to make their Test debuts off the bench. The team will be captained by number eight Kieran Read who is joined in the back-row by Sam Cane at openside flanker and Liam Messam on the blindside. In the backs, the well-oiled provincial combination of Aaron Smith and Aaron Cruden start their fifth Test together in the absence of the injured Dan Carter. The All Blacks' most capped midfield combination of Ma'a Nonu and Conrad Smith will again link up. The back three sees the experienced Israel Dagg at full-back joining with two Super Rugby stars Ben Smith and Julian Savea on the wings. Meanwhile, joining Afeaki and Thrush on the eight-man reserves bench are experienced hooker Keven Mealamu, prop Ben Franks, loose forward Victor Vito while covering the backs are Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Beauden Barrett and Rene Ranger.
Team news Bordeaux-B├┐┬Ęgles fly-half Camille Lopez will make his Test debut for France in this clash. Coach Philippe Saint-Andr├┐┬ę has also handed Perpignan wing Adrien Plant├┐┬ę his first international start while on the other wing Maxime M├┐┬ędard returns to win his 33rd cap. Les Bleus will have a fresh faced half-back pairing as Racing Metro scrum-half Maxime Machenaud joins Lopez in the starting XV. Both are just 24. 21-year-old lock S├┐┬ębastien Vahaamahina starts in the second-row while Luc Ducalcon is at tighthead prop in the absence of stalwart Nicolas Mas, who is still recovering from injury. South African-born Clermont prop Daniel Kotze and young Stade Fran├┐┬žais lock Alexandre Flanquart could also make their debuts off the bench. Toulon playmaker Fr├┐┬ęd├┐┬ęric Michalak features amongst the replacements along with club team-mate Maxime Mermoz following their late arrival due to the Top 14 Final.
Welcome Hello and welcome to Eden Park Stadium in Auckland for this Test between our hosts, New Zealand, and France. There's plenty of interest in this encounter as its the first time that the All Blacks and les Bleus face each other since the 2011 World Cup Final at the same venue. Don't go away! We'll return soon with team news.
Updates to appear here at 19:20 local (08:20 BST, 07:20 GMT)
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