New Zealand blow away France in second half

New Zealand v France
New Zealand (8) 52
Tries: Barrett (2), Taylor, Ioane (2) McKenzie, Laumape, Savea Con: Barrett (3) Pen: Barrett (2)
France (11) 11
Tries: Grosso Pen: Parra (2)

New Zealand cannot be “seduced” by their thumping 52-11 win over France, says head coach Steve Hansen.

The All Blacks produced a second-half masterclass to overturn a half-time deficit at Eden Park on Saturday.

“The big thing is not getting seduced by the scoreboard,” said Hansen.

France led at half-time thanks to an interception try by Remy Grosso and two Morgan Parra penalties, with Beauden Barrett scoring a try and penalty for the All Blacks.

“I thought the 10 minutes before half-time [were important] and you have to respect [their defence],” Hansen added.

“We were trying to go through them rather than around them and once we started to do that and make them work a bit harder then we knew it would pay dividends later on.”

A Barrett penalty early in the second period tied the scores before France lock Paul Gabrillagues was sin-binned for a high tackle.

The floodgates then opened and the hosts scored 41 points in 28 minutes.

Second-half tries from Codie Taylor, Barrett, Rieko Ioane (2), Damian McKenzie, Ngani Laumape and Ardie Savea guided the All Blacks to their first victory of the summer.

The second Test will be played on 16 June in Wellington.


New Zealand: Jordie Barrett; Ben Smith, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ryan Crotty, Rieko Ioane, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith; Joe Moody, Codie Taylor, Owen Franks, Sam Whitelock (c), Scott Barrett, Liam Squire, Sam Cane, Luke Whitelock.

Replacements: Laumape, McKenzie, TJ Perenara, A Savea, Fifita, Tu’ungafasi, Tu’inukuafe, Harris

France: Maxime Medard; Teddy Thomas, Mathieu Bastareaud (c), Geoffrey Doumayrou, Remy Grosso, Anthony Belleau, Morgan Parra; Dany Priso, Camille Chat, Uini Atonio, Paul Gabrillagues, Yoann Maestri, Judicael Cancoriet, Fabien Sanconnie, Kevin Gourdon,

Replacements: Fickou, Plisson, Serin, Lapandry, Le Roux, Slimani, Baille, Pelissié,

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