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New Zealand v France - Live
Full time New Zealand 30 France 0
80 France try to launch an attack from a line-out but knock on amongst the forwards. The hooter sounds and that's the final act of this match. It's a comprehensive win for the hosts, who certainly stepped up a gear after the break. They are deserved winners as they dominated most facets of play. The French will have to go back to the drawing board as they were well below par.
78 CONVERSION, NEW ZEALAND, CRUDEN! 30-0. Cruden holds his nerve and adds another two-pointer to push his side further in front!
77 TRY, NEW ZEALAND, BARRETT! 28-0. Beauden Barrett rounds off under the posts after Rene Ranger and Conrad Smith launch a breakout from deep inside their own half. After a kick ahead from Smith, Cruden gathers and oflfoads to Barrett who gets in for the try!
76 France set up 14 phases inside New Zealand's 22 but the home side are soon penalised for being offside. Dusautoir opts to take a scrum.
73 New Zealand are penalised for illegal scrummaging and Michalak plays quickly and set off ona run! les Bleus make some headway and are soon camped inside the hosts' 22.
70 The All Blacks attack deep inside France's half but lose possession when Sam Cane holds onto the ball on the ground.
67 The All Blacks attack out wide and Cruden throws a long pass to Andrew Hore. The replacement hooker offloads to Read but the pass is forward!
65 PENALTY, NEW ZEALAND, CRUDEN! 23-0. Cruden punishes France when they infringe at a line-out and takes his personal tally to 13 points for the match!
62 Thierry Dusautoir is penalised for holding onto the ball on the ground. Cruden puts his side on the attack when he puts the penalty out just outside France's 22.
59 Fofana launches a kick upfield which rolls into touch about 10 metres from New Zealand's 22!
57 Savea makes a break through the middle of France's defence! He throws a pass which goes to ground and then Ben Smith knocks on when he tries to regather!
55 PENALTY, NEW ZEALAND, CRUDEN! 20-0. Cruden punishes another French indiscretion at a ruck and the visitors have a mountain to climb now!
54 There's some concern in France's ranks as Picamoles stays down after taking a big hit at a ruck. He is eventually replaced by Yannick Nyanga.
51 CONVERSION, NEW ZEALAND, CRUDEN! 17-0. Cruden lands another two-pointer to extend the hosts' lead!
50 TRY, NEW ZEALAND, B SMITH! 15-0. After taking the ball through 26 phases France try a drop goal but Michalak's effort is charged down by Sam Cane! The All Blacks win the loose ball and Cruden, Dane Coles and Savea all handle before Savea passes to Ben Smith, who gets in for his side's second try!
47 France attack with their forwards close to New Zealand's line but the hosts' defend resiliently! The ball eventually come out to the backs but Yoann Huget is stopped just short by a big hit form Dagg!
44 Dagg sets off ona run inside his 22! He makes some progress but is tackled into touch by Florian Fritz.
42 Cruden does well when he gathers a kick inside his 22 and puts the ball out just inside France's half.
40 Cruden gets the second half started! His kick is gathered by Picamoles who sets up a ruck just outside his 22.
Half Time New Zealand 10 France 0
40 France attack close to the All Blacks' try-line but Messam does well to hold onto the ball and when the maul becomes static it's the hosts who get the put-in at the scrum. From the set-phase, the ball comes out to Dagg who puts it into touch when the hooter sounds to indicate half-time. The All have dominated most of the half but les Bleus have fought back bravely and are still in this game. It sets the stage for an interesting second half.
39 Dagg is blown up for holding onto the ball on the ground. Medard kicks for touch and puts the ball out just outside the All Blacks' 22.
36 Picamoles does well when he takes the ball into contact close to the halfway mark. all his good work is undone, however, when Macheneaud knocks on at the ensuing ruck.
34 After an extensive period on the defensive close to their try-line, France gain a reprieve when Liam Messam is penalised for holding onto the ball on the ground!
30 France are penalised for a scrum infringement but the All Blacks fail to capitalise when Cruden's goal kick sails just wide of the posts.
28 Nonu makes a break inside France's 22! He throws a long pass to Dagg, who is over les Bleus' try-line but held up by Medard!
26 Louis Picamoles loses the ball in contact and Ben Smith gathers and kicks ahead. Medard collects in front of his try-line and puts it out just outside his 22.
23 PENALTY, NEW ZEALAND, CRUDEN! 10-0. Cruden succeeds with the place-kick after France's forwards are pinned for going off their feet at a ruck.
21 Michalak takes a shot at goal, after the All blacks are pinned for a ruck infringement. His effort hits an upright and Kieran Read launches a counter attack from deep inside his half.
18 France set up some phases with their forwards until Michalak spots a gap and tries to land a drop goal from about thirty metres out. It's a wobbly kick which sails past the uprights!
16 Cruden spots a space in the French defence and launches a 45 metre clearance kick which rolls into touch inside the visitors' 22!
13 Wesley Fofana sets up a ruck in midfield and Maxime Machenaud spots a gap and tries to kick ahead. His effort is charged down by Nonu but luckily for him Medard reacts quickest to the loose ball and cleans up.
10 France launch a counter-attack and Medard and Adrien Plante exchange passes until Savea does well to halt their progress with a big hit on Plante close to the halfway line!
7 The All Blacks attack inside France's 22! Kiearan Read passes to Savea who tries to smash his way through the defence but Medard does well to bring him to ground with a text-book tackle!
5 CONVERSION, NEW ZEALAND, CRUDEN! 7-0. Cruden adds the extras to extend the home side's lead!
4 TRY, NEW ZEALAND, SAVEA! 5-0. Ma'a Nonu stabs a grubber kick through which Julian Savea gathers behind the on-rushing France defenders. Savea dots down to get the game's opening points!
3 Israel Dagg spots a gap behind France's backs and kicks for position. He overcooks his kick and the ball rolls over the try-line where Maxime Medard dots down.
Kick off Frederic Michalak gets the game underway! His kick is very deep and Aaron smith gathers just in front of his try-line. He returns Michalak's kick with a kick of his own which goes into touch close to the halfway mark.
Haka Piri Weepu leads the All Blacks during a stirring version of the Kama Te haka!
Anthems The two sides stand to attention while belting out their respective national anthems. First up it's France's La Marseillaise followed by the hosts' God Defend New Zealand.
Team news Racing Metro flanker Bernard Le Roux will make his debut for France. The 21-year old starts at flanker as one of four changes to the team that lost the first Test in Auckland. Frederic Michalak starts at fly-half in place of Camille Lopez, with Christophe Samson in at lock to partner Yoann Maestri and Nicolas Mas starting at tighthead. Luc Ducalcon and Sebastien Vahaamahina both drop to the bench, where they are joined by Benjamin Kayser, Brice Dulin and Mathieu Bastareaud who were absent from the 23 last weekend.
Team news The All Blacks have made an injury enforced change to their XV that will take on France on Saturday, as Sam Whitelock replaces Brodie Retallick. Chiefs star Retallick sustained a hamstring injury in training and has failed to complete an intense fitness test on Thursday so has been left out.
Welcome Hello and welcome to AMI Stadium in Christchurch for this Test between New Zealand and France. We'll be back soon with team news.
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