Ngani Laumape scores one of four New Zealand tries in non-cap defeat of France in Lyon
Last Updated: 14/11/17 10:34pm
Ngani Laumape ran in the final one of four New Zealand tries as the world champions edged France 28-23 in a clash of second-string sides in Lyon.
The All Blacks, who play Scotland at Murrayfield on Sunday and then Wales as the finale to their northern hemisphere tour, had beaten the hosts 38-18 in their Test match in Paris on Saturday.
Fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc was the only home player also involved in the Stade de France defeat, the 11th consecutive reverse to New Zealand for the French, and provided eight points with the boot in defeat in front a packed 58,000 crowd for the non-cap international.
Jack Goodhue set up Liam Squire on the wing as New Zealand went over for the opening try after 10 minutes.
However, Gabriel Lacroix, who was one of half-a-dozen uncapped players in the French team, brought the home side back into the match before Matt Duffie touched down in the corner to score a try on his All Blacks debut.
Lacroix, though, made the most of an interception to again reduce the deficit on 27 minutes, with Trinh-Duc's converted penalty edging Les Bleus 15-14 ahead at the break.
The All Blacks moved through the gears following the restart, as barging tries from lock Patrick Tuipulotu and centre Laumape restored their advantage at 28-15.
New Zealand then saw Goodhue sent to the sin-bin following an off-the-ball tackle during the closing 10 minutes, as Henry Chavancy went over following a surging run from flanker Sekou Macalou.
However, Jules Plisson failed to land the conversion as the tourists closed out victory.