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Last Updated: Saturday, 9 June 2007, 09:15 GMT 10:15 UK
NZ 61-10 France
Joe Rokocoko
Flying winger Rokocoko scored a first-half brace

New Zealand (30) 61
Tries: Oliver, Kelleher, Rokocoko (2), MacDonald, Toeava, Collins, Mealamu, Evans
Cons: McAlister (5)
Pens: McAlister (2)

France (3) 10
Try: J Laharrague
Pens: Boyet
Cons: Boyet

New Zealand strolled to an emphatic victory over a toothless France in the second Test in Wellington on Saturday.

The All Blacks outgunned the weakened visitors in all departments and ran in nine tries for France's record defeat.

Tries from Anton Oliver, Byron Kelleher and a brace from Joe Rokocoko gave the All Blacks a 30-3 half-time lead.

Leon MacDonald, Isaia Toeava, Jerry Collins, Keven Mealamu and Nick Evans added further scores, while France grabbed a classic break-away try.

New Zealand's victory sets a new world record of 23 straight home wins. The All Blacks last lost on Kiwi soil when England won 15-13 in June 2003.

It's a very impressive team we played tonight

France flanker Olivier Magne

England's 22-game winning streak from 1999-2003 was the previous best home record.

New Zealand won the first Test 42-11 in Auckland but were critical of some aspects of their play last week.

"It's a heck of a lot better. The performance tonight we're very happy with," said captain Richie McCaw.

Coach Graham Henry added: "The team stepped up several notches from last week. They played with more patience and control and it was pleasing."

The only downside for the All Blacks was an injury to lock Ali Williams, who left the field with a suspected broken jaw after colliding with France number eight Sebastien Chabal.

New Zealand have already lost second-rows James Ryan and Jason Eaton to injuries, while Keith Robinson withdrew before kick-off with a calf strain.

France were missing a host of top players because of a calendar clash with their domestic championship play-offs but the defeat still ranks as their biggest defeat in any Test, eclipsing New Zealand's 54-7 win in 1999.

606: DEBATE

"It's a very impressive team we played tonight, maybe the best team in the world. It's very tough," said French flanker Olivier Magne.

"They showed us we have a lot of work to do before the World Cup. I hope we will be on time for this competition."

French manager Jo Maso added: "It was the power and strength and the speed of the All Blacks which hurt us.

"The young guys are not used to facing such intensity for 80 minutes."

New Zealand next face Canada before their Tri-Nations defence starts later this month.


New Zealand: MacDonald; Rokocoko, Toeava, McAlister, Sivivatu; Evans, Kelleher; Woodcock, Oliver, Hayman, Robinson, Williams, Collins, McCaw, So'oialo.
Replacements: Mealamu, Tialata, Jack, Masoe, Leonard, Nonu, Howlett.

France: Castaignede; J Laharrague, Mignardi, Mazars, Coux; Boyet, Durand; Califano, Bruno, Sourgens, Pape, Pierre, Chouly, Magne, Chabal.
Replacements: Ibanez, Mas, Olibeau, Ouedraogo, Forest, N Laharrague, Thierry.

Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)

SEE ALSO
New Zealand 42-11 France
02 Jun 07 |  Rugby Union
Henry slams under-strength tours
29 May 07 |  Rugby Union
Eaton adds to NZ's lock problems
28 Apr 07 |  Rugby Union
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05 Feb 07 |  Laws & Equipment


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