All Blacks 30 v France 0

June 15, 2013
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France have selected a much stronger side, but the All Blacks are still the bookies favourite to take the series.

Recent Results:
2013: New Zealand won 23-13, Auckland
2011: New Zealand won 8-7, Auckland
2011: New Zealand won 37-17, Auckland
2009: New Zealand won 39-12, Marseille
2009: New Zealand won 14-10, Wellington
2009: France won 27-22, Dunedin
2007: France won 20-18, Cardiff
2007: New Zealand won 61-10, Wellington
2007: New Zealand won 42-11, Auckland
2006: New Zealand won 2311, Paris

Teams:

New Zealand: 15 Israel Dagg. 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Aaron Cruden 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (captain) 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Andrew Hore, 17 Tony Woodcock, 18 Ben Franks, 19 Jeremy Thrush, 20 Victor Vito, 21 Piri Weepu, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Rene Ranger.

France: 15 Maxime Medard, 14 Adrien Plante, 13 Florian Fritz, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Yoann Huget, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Bernard Le Roux, 7 Louis Picamoles, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (captain), 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Christophe Samson, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 1 Thomas Domingo.
Replacements: 16 Benjamin Kayser, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Luc Ducalcon, 19 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 20 Yannick Nyanga, 21 Brice Dulin, 22 Remi Tales, 23 Mathieu Bastareaud.

Date: Saturday, June 15
Venue: AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Kick-off: 19.35 (09.35 French time; 07.35 GMT)
Expected weather: Often cloudy. Scattered rain from evening. Northeast breezes. A low of 4°C and a high of 10°C
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England), TBC (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

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5 Comments

  1. avatar Craven says:
    June 15th, 2013 at 10:07 am

    What’s with the excessive booing from the Kiwi crowd when Michalak takes a shot at goal? You would think the game is being played at Newlands.

  2. avatar Craven says:
    June 15th, 2013 at 10:49 am

    When did the French loose any semblance of creativity?

    The one of runners running into All Black defenders repeatedly in wave after wave of going nowhere, is right out of a conservative South African coach’s playbook. Very disappointing. No wonder they did so poorly in the Six Nations.

  3. avatar biltongbek says:
    June 15th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    I hope HM watched the All Blacks closely in defence. Second try from the All Blacks came from a turnover where Messam was totally offside at the ruck, not alowing the French players to get to the ball and the third All Black try came from a counter ruck where three all Blacks in unison countered and dropped to the ground, sealing the ball off from the French players.

    We will have to be s,arter than that. Clear the rucks well, take any All black that is in an offside position at the ruck away and watch for the counter. Otherwise they will just beat us again.

  4. avatar out wide says:
    June 16th, 2013 at 4:15 am

    Reply to biltongbek @ 12:29 pm: Didn’t see all those infringements you saw and I thought Rolland handled the game well. I will have to replay those bits and look more closely. More to the point was that the AB’s defence was outstanding and more the reason for the French being kept scoreless than an inept performance by the French as some “experts” would argue. This is the first time in 53 times the sides have met that the French have been kept scoreless. Michalak had a poor night at the office but the other French backline players were ok, especially Fofonu. For the AB’s Nonu stepped up, Ben Smith was again on fire and Cruden was a better stand in for Carter this week, than last. The French loosies of Dusautoir, Picamoles and SA born Le Roux did outperform the McCaw-less AB loosies though with the exception of #8 Reid.

  5. avatar out wide says:
    June 17th, 2013 at 4:16 am

    @ Billies you spoke with such apparent authority that I believed you must be right but for the life of me cannot read the game the way you do- you will have to educate us as to how you saw those penalties. The Messam “totally offside at the ruck” is not evident in any of the 26 phases leading up to Cane’s chargedown of Michalak’s drop attempt and the subsequent 2nd try scored by Ben Smith at the other end of the field. The closest I came to anything that would suggest you might be right and the referee wrong was during the 20th phase when Dusautoir is tackled to the ground and Messam like all good #6′s takes up a guard dog position as he is allowed to do, off to the left of the ruck but not offside. The only Frenchman coming near him is #4 Samson who cleans him out as he allowed to do under current rules, the ball comes back to the French and Messam isn’t involved again until after the chargedown when he and the French # 11 Huget go up for the ball and Michalak knocks the ball on to the All Blacks for a surge downfield and the try.

    Is it perhaps possible that you made the comment influenced by the conspiracy theorists who argue that whenever the AB’s play good rugby and win they do so by cheating and having the refs on their side? If you are right and I cannot see what you can then I apologise but after several replays in slow motion all I see is a great French series of attacking moves and an even greater AB defence. Highly skilled and great rugby by both sides.

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