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Saturday, 18 November, 2000, 22:42 GMT
Les Bleus beat All Blacks
Fabien Galthie
French halfback Fabien Galthie passes the ball in front of New Zealand's Ron Cribb
France 42-33 New Zealand

France produced a wonderful performance to beat the All Blacks in Marseille and tie the two-Test series.

After losing the first Test 39-26 last weekend, the French bounced back with fly-half Christophe Lamaison leading the charge with 27 points.

Lamaison's personal points tally was just one short of the amount he scored against New Zealand in last year's epic World Cup semi-final win at Twickenham.

The win was France's second over the All Blacks in the last three Tests between the nations.

The French played some dream rugby in the first 10 minutes scoring two converted tries from winger Xavier Garbajosa and flanker Olivier Magne plus a penalty by Lamaison.

Fightback

But the All Blacks, trailing 17-0, proved no pushovers despite the deficit and the absence of injured winger Jonah Lomu who was replaced by Bruce Reihana.

Fly-half Andrew Mehrtens added 18 points with the boot to three first-half tries by Justin Marshall, Doug Howlett and substitute Gordon Slater.

But scrum-half Fabien Galthie scored France's third try and Lamaison added a drop goal in injury time to seal the victory

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