LIVE: All Black v France - as it happened

By NZ Herald staff

Sonny Bill Williams is congratulated by teammates after scoring last night. Photo / Sarah Ivey
Sonny Bill Williams is congratulated by teammates after scoring last night. Photo / Sarah Ivey

03:10 MISS FRANCE - Parra with the drop kick, but it hits the upright and back into play it goes, as the All Blacks breathe a sigh of relief. France doing most of the attacking.

04:30 France is doing all the attacking early in the game, but the All Blacks defence is standing tall at the moment.

05:45 A great kick by Yachvili ends up in a collision between Traille and Jane with Jane ending up second best and Traille taking the ball 5m inside touch.

07:15 A big push and run by Mermoz, as he dodges one tackle, but could not shake off the second, 20m from the France try line.

08:00 The All Blacks are yet to have a good attacking run as yet, with the French dominating play.

08:45 A penalty for the All Blacks 10m from the defensive line, as Trinh-Duc popped up, a stroke of luck for New Zealand.

09:30 TRY NEW ZEALAND - A great break away from Nonu, who is tackled 5m from the try line.

Beautiful pass by Carter, as Thomson just wills himself over the line for a try.

11:00 MISS NEW ZEALAND - Carter takes the conversion kick just inside the touch line, he attempts to swing it in, but has not been able to pick up the extras.

12:45 It has been a funny game, with France absolutely dominating play without scoring, New Zealand with their one and only attacking play and get over the line for a try.

14:00 The All Blacks with all the momentum at the moment after a slow start, France are all of a sudden under the pump.

15:40 The ref blow the whistle from a scrum 10m from the All Blacks try line, calling Thomson offside, awarding the French a penalty.

17:00 TRY NEW ZEALAND - A lovely pass by Nonu, as he finds Jane with some space, he dodges one tackle, he fends off another and scores a try near the upright.

20:30 TRY NEW ZEALAND - Carter is away, he has tacklers approaching him, he passes to Dagg to his left, who runs in and scores under the uprights.

22:00 CONVERSION NEW ZEALAND - Carter kicks from 15m out directly in front, he makes no mistake as the All Blacks continue to dominate, extending their lead 19-0.

25:00 The ref calls for a New Zealand free kick in the middle of the ground and McCaw doesn't need to be told twice as he snatches the ball, kicks to himself and gains about 10m.

26:45 Great work by Kaino, who stops France's thoughts of attacking, by intercepting the ball and drawing a penalty for New Zealand.

27:30 Carter has been a superstar tonight, he has been into absolutely everything

28:15 Dagg uses his pace and breaks away, but is taken down 5m before the line, the All Blacks are looking to add to their score.

29:00 France pull one out of the box and manage to take the ball out of the danger zone, into safe territory, denyin New Zealand another try.
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30:30 Pape is being attended to behind play, as the trainer offers some treatment to the back of his head, he looks to be ok to continue. 32:15 An interesting stat in where France have had 6 minutes inside the attacking red zone, to 1 minute for the All Blacks, generally the stat tells the story, not in this case.

34:00 New Zealand make an important change, with Jane coming off with what appears to be a head injury being replaced by Sonny Bill Williams.

34:45 This is an important period for the All Blacks, with France desperate to take something to build on to half time.

36:15 A forward pass by Carter had Dagg's eyes light up as he bursts through the pack, until he hears the ref's whistle and has a look of dismay on his face.

38:00 The ref awards a penalty against the All Blacks 25m from France's try line, after Kaino's errant elbow on Nallet.

38:45 PENALTY GOAL FRANCE - Yachvili takes the kick and floats it up perfectly as it goes in between the uprights.

40:00 The All Blacks go into half time with a comfortable 19-3 lead over their arch rivals,

HALF TIME: 19-3


41:15 TRY NEW ZEALAND - Dagg receives the ball, doges one tackle, dodges the second tackle and scores a try just beside the upright.

42:40 CONVERSION NEW ZEALAND - Carter kicks it straight through the middle, to give New Zealand a 23 point lead.

44:00 McCaw is enjoying his 100th appearance in the All Blacks so far, with a dominating lead over France, a nice way to go about business.

44:00 McCaw is enjoying his 100th appearance in the All Blacks so far, with a dominating lead over France, a nice way to go about business.

48:00 New Zealand are off to a 29-3 lead and are looking like they will run out big winners here tonight.

49:45 Fantastic pass from Carter inside the All Blacks defensive half, he links up with Sonny Bill Williams, who finds Nonu hustling and bustling before being bailed up 15m from the try line.

51:30 The France defence are under a world of pressure at the moment, with the All Blacks still pressuring 5m from their attacking line.

53:35 TRY FRANCE - Mermoz steals the ball away from Carter and he packs the ball under his arm and heads for the line, to score a try in the corner.

55:00 CONVERSION FRANCE - Yachvilli strikes it well and it is good as it floats in between the uprights, France strike back but are still a long way behind.

56:45 Carter has Ellis to his right, but he just can't link up and loses the ball 20m from the try line.

62:15 The All Blacks make another forced change, with Slade coming on for the injured Kahui.

63:40 DROP GOAL NEW ZEALAND - Carter takes possession, he stops, drops and kicks only his 4th drop goal in his career.

65:30 It has been a night to remember for the All Blacks, who hold a 22 point lead over France and will continue their Rugby World Cup campaign as undefeated.

68:30 The All Blacks have replaced the Franks on the ground, bringing on B Franks for O Franks.

74:45 TRY FRANCE - The ref has words to the All Blacks front liners, after awarding another penalty against them. France take it straight away and Trinh-Duc heads over the line.

76:00 CONVERSION FRANCE - Yachvilli slams it through for the extras, to give the France some pride in their scoreline.


76:45 TRY NEW ZEALAND - Nonu over to Smith and a quick flick pass to Sonny Bill Williams who dives over the line for a try in the right corner.

78:00 MISS NEW ZEALAND - Carter takes the conversion kick from the sideline, but it starts left and it stays there.

79:15 There is still time for one more try, if either team is good enough, with the All Blacks having possession of the ball 30m from their attacking line.

80:00 The ref blows the whistle to end the game and the All Blacks have comprehensively beaten France 37-17. They were sensational in the first half and did not drop their guard in the second half as well.

FULL TIME: 37-17

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