Kiwis 24 v France 9


Can the French overcome bizarre refereeing and score an upset against 16 men?

Dan Carter is back and St Andre laid an axe onto the side that went down to NIL last week.

Players to watch:

For New Zealand: Israel Dagg is starting to regain the form that saw him as the best fullback in world rugby in the last year and he will provide a serious threat for the French on attack and his kicking game has improved incredibly. Dan Carter makes his return to the starting XV and Steve Hanson wants him to mix up the play which is exactly what he will do behind a dominant pack of forwards. Sam Whitelock is another player that returned last week and was incredible for the All Blacks, he defends well, wins his line-outs and reads the game beautifully.

For France: Brice Dulin gets his first Test start of the tour. He is highly rated and will want to give the French an option on attack as well as being able to field a lot of the Dan Carter pin-point kicks. Wesley Fofana has been one of their standout players this tour but has not had too much support. He will be very important if France are going to get over the line in this Test. Captain Thierry Dusautoir has to have a massive game if France are going to have any chance on Saturday.

Head to head: The battle at the back is going to be one to watch. Dagg is class but Dulin wants to prove a point in the French No.15 jersey. Whitelock against Maestri will be another big match-up and whoever can get the upper-hand at the set piece will give their side the opportunity to gain control of the game.

Recent results:
2013: New Zealand won 30-0, Christchurch
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

Prediction: The French will be better this week but they will be no match for the All Blacks who have got Dan Carter back in their side. New Zealand will win the game by at least 15 points.

The teams:

New Zealand: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Rene Ranger, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Victor Vito, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Tony Woodcock, 18 Ben Franks, 19 Steven Luatua, 20 Matt Todd, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Charles Piutau.

France: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Marc Andreu, 13 Florian Fritz, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Yohann Huget, 10 Remi Tales, 9 Jean Marc Doussain, 8 Antonie Claassen, 7 Damien Chouly, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (captain), 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Alexandre Flanquart, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Thomas Domingo.
Replacements: 16 Dimitri Szarzewski, 17 Eddy Ben Arous, 18 Luc Ducalon, 19 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 20 Bernard le Roux, 21 Maxime Machenaud, 22 Camille Lopez, 23 Mathieu Bastareaud.

Date: Saturday June 22
Venue: Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth
Kick-off: 19.35 (09.35 French time; 07.35 GMT)
Expected weather: Some serious rain predicted for the afternoon but clearing for the evening with a high of 10°C and a low of 7°C.
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England), Alain Rolland (Ireland)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

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  1. Where is that f**knut Brendon

    Kiwis first touch of the ball sees Piri Weepu hoist it high for kick and chase by Ben Smith and from there on the Kiwis run it up with Hore and Romano and Whitelock from first receiver…

    Dear Brendon

    Next time you criticise the Bok playing style… rather go and and “spill your seed” somewhere else…

  2. Reply to DavidS @ 9:46 am: hand bags at 5 yards Tana.

    Talking to a kiwi and Mugs was wondering if the French League and team has not been weakened by too many foreigners. Like England football.

    The Kiwis have the series sown up so I think they will coast and play a kicking game.
    This is new rules rugby.

  3. Reminded me a lot of games between the Boks and the ABs.

    Like the Boks, the French were all heart and were in it till the last quarter and then just falling away as the ABs assert themselves.

  4. Owens is a shockingly poor scrum and breakdown referee.

    The All Blacks were getting owned in the scrums and incessantly collapsing them but Owens did not award a single scrum penalty.

    As for thebreaksowns… someone needs to tell the Welsh dork that falling on top of the ball carrier is called “sealing” and is illegal… even if it is New Zealand doing it…

    If I were the Frogs I’d also have lost heart…