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Last Updated: Thursday, 20 November, 2003, 10:30 GMT
C'watch: France 13-40 N Zealand

All the action from the third-place play-off in Sydney.

80 mins: Referee White blows the whistle on a disappointing match, and ultimately, disappointing campaigns for both teams.

75 mins: Carter hobbles off to be replaced by Caleb Ralph, a change that leaves only one un-used sub still on the sidelines - Byron Kelleher.

73 mins: New Zealand cross again, high-kicking Holah pounding through two tackles for the try. Carter misses his first conversion of the night.
France 13-40 New Zealand

70 mins: All Black pressure mounts and a try is surely inevitable. They are pounding the line but pressure does not turn to points when a knock-on gives France possession.

64 mins: Merceron bids farewell to international rugby making way for Frederic Michalak.

62 mins: Howlett races on to a Spencer dink kick over the defence but the winger loses the ball in the tackle as he goes over for the "score".

57 mins: Muliaina scores his seventh try of the tournament to draw level with Howlett at the top of the scoring charts. It's an easy run-in for the full-back who is released by two long passes with the French defence at sixes and sevens. Carter maintains his 100% record with the boot.
France 13-35 New Zealand

56 mins: France call on more of the first-teamers from the bench, Olivier Magne and Raphae Ibanez coming on.

53 mins: France a caught napping again. Did the ball travel five metres and was there a forward pass? It matters not when referee White signals the score, Brad Thorn crossing the line and Carter adding the conversion.
France 13-28 New Zealand

51 mins: A scrappy spell of play ends with a score for Rokocoko. The French are caught flat-footed when the All Blacks charge down a kick and they chase upfield, recycling the ball to the left in oceans of space. Carter addes the two points.
France 13-21 New Zealand

46 mins: New Zealand ring the changes in the forwards, with Brad Thorn coming on in place of Ali Williams and Holah returning to the fray with Jerry Collins making way.

42 mins: France score their first try of the night, an inside pop pass from David Bory releasing Pepito Elhorga. Yachvili adds the extras.
France 13-14 New Zealand

1003 GMT: France get the second half underway and are immediately playing with renewed purpose.

1002 GMT: The players are back out and France will be looking for a repeat of their last World Cup meeting against the All Blacks when they won with a sensational second-half performance. Fabien Pelous and Jean-Jacques Crenca are on to add beef to their efforts.

40 mins: Referee White blows for the break.

38 mins: The match has fallen flat as the clock ticks down to half-time.

34 mins: With no way through New Zealand's defence Yachvili takes a snap drop goal.
France 6-14 New Zealand

31 mins: Spencer dances through the French defence but a blind inside pass misses the support runners.

27 mins: Clement Poitrenaud limps off to be replaced by Nicolas Brusque.

26 mins: The game is very unstructured and New Zealand's backs are making the most of the space. The final pass denies them on two occasions.

23 mins:A deep chip kick from Spencer cause chaos in the French defence, but New Zealand are unable to get quick ball after Marsh tackles Carter.

20 mins: Mils Muliaina breaks through the French line on halfway and finds Howlett on the inside for a simple run in and his seventh try of the tournament. Carter adds the points.
France 3-14 New Zealand

19 mins: France are continuosly under pressure, but win a scrum against the head to earn a reprieve for the time being.

17 mins: Rokocoko is bundled in to touch at the corner flag by three blue shirts and France clear their lines. Daniel Carter comes on for MacDonald.

15 mins: Moments after coming on as a blood-bin replacement for McCaw, Marty Holah is pinged for obstruction. Yachvili lands the penalty points.
France 3-7 New Zealand

12 mins: New Zealand go straight up the other end of the pitch for the first points. Spencer gives a no-look pass on the inside to Doug Howlett for the initial break, and when the move slows, lock Chris Jack is on hand to go over. Leon MacDonald slots the conversion attempt.
France 0-7 New Zealand

10 mins: Yachvili is held up inches short of the line and New Zealand are penalised for going to ground. Gerald Merceron fails to hit the target with a penalty attempt from the right.

8 mins: Rokocoko is again marshalled well on the left flank and his inside pass gives France the opportunity of a counter-attack. The bounce from Dimitri Yachvili's chip evades French chasers.

6 mins: France string together their first sustained period of possession, but a kick ahead from Gerald Merceron gifts New Zealand the ball.

4 mins: Spencer and Aaron Mauger link to release Richie McCaw on the charge. The French defence regroups to repell the danger.

2 mins: The All Blacks start the better and only the bounce of the ball denies Joe Rokocoko the opportunity to stretch his legs for a potential score.

0907 GMT: New Zealand kick-off in the three-quarter full stadium.

0905 GMT: 'God Defend New Zealand' sounds more like a funeral dirge before the players peel away and Carlos Spencer leads the haka.

0900 GMT: The two sets of players come out of the tunnel at the Telstra Stadium. They are a glum looking lot playing in a match that is roundly criticised as being largely pointless. It is made all the harder by the fact the teams are returning to the scene of their semi-final defeats.

The penultimate match of the World Cup sees the tournament's two most exciting teams go head-to-head.

France coach Bernard Laporte has chosen to ring the changes retaining only prop Sylvain Marconnet and Kiwi-born centre Tony Marsh following the semi-final defeat to England.

In stark contrast, New Zealand have made only two changes to their squad, injury accounting for Justin Marshall and Kees Meeuws.

Steve Devine comes in at scrum-half, with prop Carl Hoeft coming onto the bench.

France: C Poitrenaud; P Elhorga, T Marsh, D Traille, D Bory; G Merceron, D Yachvili; S Marconnet, Y Bru (capt), J-B Poux, D Auradou, T Privat, P Tabacco, S Chabal, C Labit.
Replacements: R Ibanez, J-J Crenca, F Pelous, O Magne, F Michalak, B Liebenberg, N Brusque.

New Zealand: M Muliaina; D Howlett, L MacDonald, A Mauger, J Rokocoko; C Spencer, S Devine; D Hewett, K Mealamu, G Somerville, C Jack, A Williams, R Thorne (capt), R McCaw, J Collins.
Replacements: M Hammett, C Hoeft, B Thorn, M Holah, B Kelleher, D Carter, C Ralph.

Referee: Chris White (England).

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