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Rugby World Cup: New Zealand v France as it happened

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By Tom Fordyce

1122: That's our RWC done for the day. Ireland v Russia at 0600 Sunday, followed by Argentina v Scotland at 0830. Not to mention football, F1 and Berlin Marathon joy all weekend. Mmm-mmm.

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KennyIDC11 All Blacks looking unstoppable at the moment, but I still say beware the Boks. It's a foolish man who writes off SA #bbcrwc #bokke

1120: This from All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw: "We realised we had to take a step up this week. We had to absorb a bit early on, and when we got our opportunites we put points on the board. I'm very happy with the way things went." On his 100th cap? "Thanks very much..."

1116: Thousands of rather satisfied Kiwis streaming out of Eden Park. After that brief spell at the very start, New Zealand were utterly dominant. So much threat in that backline, the handling sweet, the ball from the forwards quick and clean. Ominous.

FINAL SCORE: NZ 37-17 Fra: There it is - splendid performance from the tournament's favourites. The silver lining for France? This result should keep them in the northern hemisphere side of the draw.

76 mins: TRY Sonny Bill Williams, NZ 37-15 Fra: Right from the kick-off - Williams snaffles the line-out and feeds Slade, and when the ball comes back right Nonu feeds Smith, who draws his man before sending SBW diving over in the right hand corner. Anything you can do...

74 mins: TRY Trinh-Duc, NZ 32-15 Fra: Repeated pens on the NZ line, McCaw getting up to some familiar tricks. Has Trinh-Duc got over here? Quick ball off the scrum from Yashvili, and the replacement fly-half burrows over as the Kiwi defence snoozes. Yashvili with the afters for 32-17

72 mins: NZ 32-10 Fra: Bonnaire on the rumble, Servat crashing towards the line - enormous pile of bodies, but has he been held up there? Roland says yes - five metre scrummage.

68 mins: NZ 32-10 Fra: Trinh-Duc's come on, Ben Franks on for Owen Franks, Estebanez on for Rougerie. France holding their own at the breakdown at last, and they'll have a pen here as Nonu goes offside as he scrags Dusautoir. They'll kick for the corner.

66 mins: NZ 32-10 Fra: Space for France on the right after a pitter-patter sequence of passing - no, forward, a rare chance tossed away.

63 mins: DROP-GOAL Carter, NZ 32-10 Fra: The game has become a touch disjointed with all the replacements, just as you'd expect. Ellis looks lively, however, and there's space for Carter in the pocket to pop over the fourth dropper of his international career.

59 mins: NZ 29-10 Fra: Kaino crunches Dusautoir before Nonu knocks on in contact - rare error from the All Blacks backs.

56 mins: NZ 29-10 Fra: Ali Williams on for Whitelock, Ellis for Weepu, Hore for Mealamu. Dagg's almost in again, feeding Carter inside before the 10's ball inside just eludes the stretching Ellis.

54 mins: TRY Mermoz, NZ 29-8 Fra: Mermoz redeems himself almost instantly. Carter goes long in search of Thomson and the French speedster picks it off before racing home unopposed. Yashvili with the conversion for 29-10.

52 mins: NZ 29-3 Fra: William Servat on for Szarzers, but the damage has been done. Mermoz spills the ball once again.

50 mins: NZ 29-3 Fra: Another coruscating break from SBW, rocketing through the remnants of the French defence like a firework. Nonu now, thundering onwards, Carter sniping, Thorn getting in the way when another try seems certain.


47 mins: NZ 29-3 Fra: France lose the ball in contact to concede possession again. Think it was replacement Harinordoquy at fault there - nothing going right for Les Bleus.

44 mins: PEN Carter, NZ 29-3 Fra: Szarzers spills a pass in midfield and the All Blacks will have another scrum deep into French territor... make that a penalty, the French forwards crumbling under immense pressure.

41 mins: TRY Dagg NZ 24-3 Fra: That didn't take long, did it? Classic SBW off-load - Carter, Nonu, the ball back quickly, Dagg dancing past a pair of stationary forwards to score his second try of the match. Carter converts for 26-3.

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TREndle All Blacks looking every inch World Cup favs in attack. Got to think that in order to beat them it might be an idea to play "ugly" #bbcrwc

HALF-TIME: NZ 19-3 Fra: Roland parps for the break, and the Eden Park crowd roar their approcal for a splendid first-half display from their men. Not much chat about choking doing the rounds over the interval ales, you'd think...

39 mins: PEN Yashvili, NZ 19-3 Fra: Yup, Kaino stuck out an arm, and Roland opts for the penalty after a word with his touch-judge. Yashers takes his revenge with his country's first points of the match.

36 mins: NZ 19-0 Fra: Weepu snagged off the scrum, and Yashvili feels someone has elbowed him in the face here - let's have a look...

34 mins: NZ 19-0 Fra: Sonny Bill W on for Cory Jane - no obvious sign of an injury, but it's surely the only reason.

31 mins: NZ 19-0 Fra: French scrum on the NZ 10m line. Medard slips through on the inside but is mangled in the tackle - Roland pings him for holding on, and up in the management slots Marc Lievremont looks somewhat stunned.

28 mins: NZ 19-0 Fra: New Zealand go through the phases, until suddenly Dagg wriggles free on the left and sizzles down the line. Ball comes back, clean acres of space, but a pass falls behind the intended target and Nonu then puts a wasteful grubber straight to Medard.

25 mins: NZ 19-0 Fra: How can France respond? Line-out 35m out, thunderous charge from Rougerie, but Traille is pinged for not releasing.


20 mins: TRY Dagg, NZ 17-0 Fra: Too easy, all too easy. Carter is up against cumbersome prop Ducalcon, and he'll step inside him all day long. Full-back drawn, ball inside to Israel Dagg for the simplest of tries under the sticks. Carter won't miss that conversion in a thousand years. 19-0.

17 mins: TRY Jane, NZ 10-0 Fra: Off the top of the line-out from Whitelock, delayed pass from Weepu, Jane smashing through on the short ball - Medard comes across but bounces off as if he's never tackled before, and Jane grins like a hyena as he coast over the line. Carter with the extras for 12-0, and the All Blacks have grabbed this match by the scruff...

15 mins: NZ 5-0 Fra: Traille stopped dead in his tracks by Kahui before McCaw burrows in to work the turnover. Brutal.


12 mins: NZ 5-0 Fra: How can France respond to having shipped a try after dominating so completely? Szarzewski's decided to change his shorts, you hope merely because they've ripped somewhere.

9 mins: TRY Thomson, NZ 5-0 Fra: BOOM! Nonu smashes and steps through midfield, a turbo-charged bulldozer blowing huge holes in the French rearguard. He's hauled down five metres out, and when the ball is recycled Carter flicks a sweet pass onto Dagg, Thomson diving over in the corner in the space his team-mates created. Carter's conversion pulls wide.

7 mins: NZ 0-0 Fra: Dusatoir and Picamoles carrying, Mermoz bursting through midfield. Rougerie can't quite get on the shoulder for the off-load, but this is a blistering opening from France.

4 mins: NZ 0-0 Fra: France out of the traps like a cockerill with its tail feathers on fire. Yashvili with a cuning cross-kick, Traille underneath it, and surely Jane's taken him out in the air? Referee Alain Roland doesn't think so, and I can't say I agree with him.

2 mins: NZ 0-0 Fra: Parra explodes through midfield from a super short pass from his scrum-half Yashvili. Oh, was that obstruction after his kick-through? No - but Parra will take aim with a dropper here, and the ball's back off the upright - Picamoles leaping for the rebound, so close... It's all happening...

1 min: NZ 0-0 Fra: Parra with the kick-off. Picamoles with the first rumble, France in their change strip of all white today.

0929 BST: Do love the Marseillaise. And here's the haka. Wonderful atmos. If the rugby this morning matches these two displays, we're in for a Saturday morning treat.

0926 BST: New Zealand haven't lost at Eden Park since 1994, of course. The team to beat them on that day? Too easy, isn't it?

0921 BST: Glimpse into the Eden Park dressing-rooms. The All Blacks in a tight huddle, the French wandering around doing their own thing. Plus ca change, n'est pas?



0915 BST: Morgan Parra at fly-half? Richie McCaw's 100th cap? You can sample sub-plots all over the place, but when the main narrative is so thrilling, should we even bother?



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