New Zealand run out easy winners over France

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New Zealand 37 v France 17
80min played

New Zealand served notice to the rest of the World Cup as the mauled France by 37-17 in a one sided game at Eden Park this morning. Dan Carter led the way in an awesome first half display by the men in black and in truth they never really got out of second gear.

Having started with fire and intensity France will have been kicking themselves for falling behind so easily. A great break and run for Ma’a Nonu on halfway split the French defence wide open. Dan Carter recycled the ball and cleverly off loaded to Adam Thompson who got over the white wash for the games first try.

New Zealand kicked on from there and went after France like hungry dogs and quickly got their second try of the game after a beautifully work move off their own lineout put Cory Jane through the hole and ghosted past the non-existent French defence to put New Zealand further ahead.

France’s nightmare first half continued when two minutes later Dan Carter again waltzed past whatever French defence there was and passed to Israel Dagg who had a free run to the line.

That ten minute period saw the All Blacks at their very best. They were savage and committed at the breakdown and were ruthless at their distribution with the ball.

New Zealand put the game beyond doubt right from the start of the second half. A mazy run from Sonny Bill Williams and good hands from Dan Carter put Dagg over for his second try of the game and one that was the final nail in the coffin for France.

The All Blacks continued to dominate the game and although France did get a couple of tries of their own after Maxime Mermoz incepted a pass from the excellent Dan Carter and from Trinch-Duc to put some gloss on the scoreboard.

Sonny Bill Williams got the final try of the game with three minutes to go after some lovely hands from Ali Williams and Dan Carter put the big man over in the corner to round off what was a very pleasing performance from Graham Henry’s side.

While France were shockingly poor, New Zealand were awesome in some areas of the game. Three tries in fifteen minutes showed how ruthless and effective they cane be. Their intensity at the breakdown was also standout and it will take a very good team to lower their colours in this tournament.

80 min GAME OVER. A one sided game ends. New Zealand 37-17 France.
75 min TRY NEW ZEALAND The All Blacks strike back instantly. Sonny Bill Williams gets his first of the night. Game over for France.

73 min TRY FRANCE. Quick thinking from Trinh-Duc gives France their second try of the game,.

70 min France just held up on All Blacks line. Scrum five meters.

67 min. France keeping the ball well. But all very flat.

65 min France look a different team in the second half. Pity it’s too little too late.

63 min. Carter with a lovely drop goal pushes New Zealand further ahead.

61 min Game is becoming very open. Intensity had dropped off a fair bit now.

59 min Few sloppy errors from New Zealand. 1/4 of the game left.

57 min France on top in this passage of play. New Zealand just stepping off the gas a little.

54 minTRY FRANCE. France get their first try of the game. Maxime Mermoz intercepts a pass from Dan Carter to get over.

52 min William Servat is coming into the fray for France. Ali Williams coming on for New Zealand.

49minScrum to New Zealand three meters from the French line.

46 min.It’s all too easy for the All Blacks. France missing tackles all over the park.

44 min. Carter sticks a beautiful pen over the bar to put All Blacks further ahead.

43 min. Knock on from France on halfway. Simple pass fumbled. Shocking from France.

41 min. TRY NEW ZEALAND. All Blacks get their fourth try of the game. Dagg gets his second with an easy score after good playfrom Carter and Williams. Cater gets the extras.

41 min. Second half underway. Haymens and Harinordoquy on.

40 min. HALF TIME. Half time at Eden Park. New Zealand well on top and lead France 19-3.

39 min. New Zealand almost over again. Sonny Bill with the break. They are pinged for holding on.

37 min. Pen to France. Yachvilli finally gets France off the mark.

36 min. More great work from New Zealand at the breakdown. McCaw in particular.

34 min. Marginal forward pass from Carter that almost put Dagg over. Lovely training ground move from the All Blacks.

32 min. Great counter rucking from All Blacks. Medarde made a lovely break. But no support players at the breakdown. Cory Jane is been taking off and Sonny Bill Williams is on.

30 min. Scrum France on halfway. They badly need a score before half time.

28 min. France are trying to come back into the game. Parra with a lovely kick into All Blacks 22.

26 min. Dagg with a great break.  Tackled three meters out. France scramble and clear the bal.

24 min. Good phase of play for France.. But good defence work from All Blacks halt any momentum France get. Ball on France 10 meter line.

22 min. France look so disorganised and unsure of themselves. Bad team selection maybe?

20 min. More pressure from All Blacks. Scrum to them for knock on at halfway.

17 min. TRY NEW ZEALAND. Shocking defence from France. Dan Carter skips through the French defence. Passes to Dagg to go over. Carter adds on the extras

16 min. TRY NEW ZEALAND. Second try for the All Blacks. Off the scrum. Cory Jane makes a lovely angled run and gets over. Carter gets the add on’s

14 min. Great turnover by New Zealand on halfway.. Power and strength

12 min. Parra charged down twice in a minute. Lineout on their own 22.

10 min. Lovely kick from Carter. Keeps the pressure on France. Lineout for France in their 22.

7 min. TRY NEW ZEALAND. What a try.. First real break. Ma’a Nonu with an amazing break in his own half. Fine off load by Carter to Adam Thompson. Carter misses the extras.

6 min. New Zealand win the scrum against the head. Carter nails the ball into the French half.

5 min. France on top in the opening five mins.. Parra looking very sharp. Five missed tackles already from New Zealand.

4 min. Great play from France. Traille almost over.. Looked to be taken out in the air.. Scrum to New Zealand on their five meter line.

3 min. Parra almost opens the score with a drop goal.. Ball rebounds off the ball. New Zealand clear their lines.

2 min. Great reverse play from Parra. Lineout to France in All Blacks 22

1 min. Solid start from both sides. Each feeling each other out.

0 min. A spine tinging Haka.. Now for the rugby

0 min. The two teams have just taken the field. I think New Zealand to win by ten


New Zealand: Tony Woodcock, Keven Mealamu, Owen Franks, Brad Thorn, Sam Whitelock, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (c), Adam Thomson, Piri Weepu, Daniel Carter, Richard Kahui, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Cory Jane, Israel Dagg.

Replacements: Andrew Hore, Ben Franks, Ali Williams, Anthony Boric, Andy Ellis, Colin Slade, Sonny Bill Williams.

France: Jean-Baptiste Poux, Dimitri Szarzewski, Luc Ducalcon, Pascal Pape, Lionel Nallet, Thierry Dusautoir (c), Julien Bonnaire, Louis Picamoles, Dimitri Yachvili, Morgan Parra, Maxime Médard, Maxime Mermoz, Aurélien Rougerie, Vincent Clerc, Damien Traille.

Replacements: William Servat, Fabien Barcella, Julien Pierre, Imanol Harinordoquy, Francois Trinh-Duc, Fabrice Estebanez, Cédric Heymans

The Rugby World Cup passes the halfway point this weekend and serves up a much anticipated Pool A battle. Hosts New Zealand will pit their wits against their World Cup bogey side France in front of a sell-out crowd at Eden Park this Saturday.

It was Les Bleus who dumped New Zealand out of both the 1999 and 2007 Rugby World Cup.

We are very wary of France,” says influential New Zealand outside-half Dan Carter. “I know how much they love playing the All Blacks and it is going to be a huge game for us. They are dangerous and unpredictable and they will crank it up for this game.
Victory would send Les Bleus into the seemingly tougher half of the quarter-final draw where Australia and South Africa are almost certain to lie in wait.

Marc Lievremont will be without prop Nicolas Mas for the match through injury, and shook up his own pack by leaving other first-choice forwards William Servat (hooker), Imanol Harinordoquy (flanker) and Fabien Barcella (prop) on the bench.

Lièvremont has also opted to field two scrum-halves. Dimitri Yachvili will wear No9 and will have Morgan Parra as his half-back partner.

For New Zealand, Dan Carter has been declared fully fit for Saturday’s clash. Carter had picked up a back injury after some crunching tackles in the opening game against Tonga on and has been having treatment ever since.

Captain Richie McCaw has also recovered from a minor calf strain in time to make the starting line-up.


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