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New Zealand complete French series cleansweep


Dan Carter kicked four penalties and a conversion

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Article Published: Saturday 22 June 2013


New Zealand's All Blacks completed a sereis cleansweep against France when they beat their Rugby World Cup final rivals 24-9 at Yarrow Stadium in Taranaki, New Plymouth.

Beaden Barrett came on as replacement to make his All Black debut with four minutes remaining and got a dream debut as seconds before the full time siren he scored New Zealand's second try of the match.

The score in what was a messy game was blown out by home-town hero Barrett's try.

Barrett brought a brief spark to a game that was dominated by kicking from both sides, particularly in the first half, and unforced handling errors.

The All Blacks scored the only tries in the match -- to Barrett and to Ben Smith just before halftime -- with Dan Carter adding the extra points from four penalties and a conversion.

Jean-Marc Doussain kicked two penalties and Florian Fritz landed a drop goal for France, who led 3-0 early and again 9-8 just after half-time.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen had demanded a continued improvement from the 23-13 "ugly" first Test win and while the 30-0 second Test victory was a step forward it was two steps backwards in the third.

The All Blacks wings Smith and Rene Ranger, who always threatened with the ball in hand, were too often stranded in open space as a mixture of dropped passes denied them possession.

France had an edge in the scrums, where props Dominic Mas and Thomas Domingo both won penaltes as they buckled the All Blacks eight, and easily read the All Blacks formula of using heavyweight forwards to batter a route up the middle.

French coach Philippe Saint-Andre would also be satisfied with the work of backrower Antonie Claassen and halves Jean-Marc Doussain and Remi Tales.

The crucial 8-9-10 triumvirate started with only six Tests between them yet were among the stars of the French side and held their own against Kieran Read, Piri Weepu and Dan Carter with a combined total of 214 Tests.

France gave the All Blacks a fright in the opening play when a Carter clearing kick was charged down but the opportunity to attack from close range went begging when the French backs were caught offside.

While they could not crack the All Blacks defence with their sustained early pressure they scored first from the Fritz drop goal.

The All Blacks levelled with the first Carter penalty and five minutes before the break they took the lead for the first time when Smith scored in a frantic Tales tackle.

France immediately struck back with a Doussain penalty, his first success in three attempts and the All Blacks went into half-time with a slender 8-6 lead.

Doussain landed a third penalty immediately after the break for France to regain the lead before the All Blacks slowly started to gain the upper hand.

Carter slammed over three more penalties, the last of them from 46 metres when Yoann Maestri was yellow carded for a ruck indiscretion, and converted the Barrett try to close the match.

Final Score New Zealand 24 (8) France 9 (6)

Scorers

New Zealand
Tries - B.Smith, B.Barrett
Pen - Carter 4
Con - Carter
Drop -
Cards -

France
Tries -
Pen - Doussain 2
Con -
Drop - Fritz
Cards -

Match Officials
Referee:
Nigel Owens (WAL)

Teams

New Zealand

Israel Dagg, Ben Smith, Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Rene Ranger, Dan Carter, Piri Weepu, Kieran Read (captain), Sam Cane, Victor Vito, Luke Romano, Sam Whitelock, Owen Franks, Andrew Hore, Wyatt Crockett.

Replacements: Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock, Ben Franks, Matt Todd, Steven Luatua, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Beauden Barrett, Charles Piutau.

France

Brice Dulin, Marc Andreu, Florian Fritz, Wesley Fofana, Yoann Huget, Remi Tales, Jean Marc Doussain, Antonie Claassen, Damien Chouly, Thierry Dusautoir (captain), Yoann Maestri, Alexandre Flanquart, Nicolas Mas, Benjamin Kayser, Thomas Domingo.

Replacements: Dimitri Szarzewski, Eddy Ben Arous, Luc Ducalcon, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Bernard Le Roux, Maxime Machenaud, Camille Lopez, Mathieu Bastareaud.

 
 
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Nation Games Points    
P W L D PF PA PD BP Ttl
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2. Australia 1 0 0 1 12 12 0 0 2
3. New Zealand 1 0 0 1 12 12 0 0 2
4. Argentina 1 0 1 0 6 13 -7 1 1
                     
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