Saturday, June 22, 2013

All Blacks seal series clean sweep with third Test victory over France

New Zealand sealed a 3-0 series victory over France as they won 24-9 in New Plymouth. The French upped their intensity this week and it was a far tighter affair than the final scoreline may suggest, but a series clean sweep will please the All Blacks.

Playing in his first international of the year, flyhalf Dan Carter kicked 14 points and moved within one point of becoming the first player to reach 1400 points in Test rugby. He said he was impressed with the fight that the visitors brought, despite it being somewhat of a dead rubber.

"I was really impressed with the way the French turned up to play," Carter said. "They could have easily folded up and thought up about their off-season but they turned up to play and put us under a lot of pressure. But I was happy with that final 20 and to get away with the result."

Backs Ben Smith and Beauden Barrett scored for the hosts, with hometown hero Barrett coming on late in the game and flattering the scoreline with his very well taken try.

Florian Fritz slotted a dropgoal early on before Jean-Marc Doussain's two penalties, but that was all the visitors could muster as the All Blacks defended well.

"Credit to the French they really stuck at it," said All Blacks captain Kieran Read. "A three match series is quite tough away from home and they showed the quality side they are. They really took it to us this game."

French lock Yoann Maestri was yellow carded by referee Nigel Owen for an alleged headbutt, which didn't help France's cause. The television match official couldn't confirm it, but a video review and possible citing may follow.

It was the All Blacks' first three-Test series whitewash over France in 43 years, which bodes well ahead of the Rugby Championship, but they still need to work on a few things to up the standard.

The Rugby Championship, which features South Africa, Australia and Argentina, kicks off on August 17th. France's next match is against the All Blacks again, in Paris on November 9th.

Quick highlights below, longer video on page two

Time: 14:21
Credit: ttrugbyvids

Posted at 2:26 pm | 10 comments

Posted in All Blacks, Midyear Tours

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DrG June 22, 2013 9:47 pm

Disappointing series for the French. Hopefully they can go away and regroup for the autumn tests etc.

As usual good results for the kiwis! Lets hope they go away and get all unfit and out of shape....

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jimter10 June 22, 2013 11:45 pm

I thought France were pretty good for the majority, scoreline doesn't tell the whole story. They just seem to have a mental block in getting across the try line, could have had two tries in the first ten minutes

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paimoe June 23, 2013 7:53 am

Barrett has played like 10 minutes of test rugby this year and scored two tries, so he's averaging 16 tries per match.

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Guy June 23, 2013 9:15 am

Great highlights!

Complete and utter socces dive by Fofana in the first minute. Wouldn't expect that from him.

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DrG June 23, 2013 12:34 pm

....why not, he is French...

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kadova June 23, 2013 9:43 pm

I didn't know Chris Ashton was french...

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DrG June 24, 2013 7:59 pm

Sorry, it was a trolling effort on my part, I couldn't resist it...

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Italian ref June 23, 2013 12:50 pm

1:20 illegal padding?
have the IRB regulations changed??

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Colombes June 23, 2013 10:00 pm

again a very flattering scoreline for the kiwis
but, whatever, les bleus, despite some good moments, didn't have 80 minutes performance in their legs. u must be at your 100% to beat some very efficient all blacks

time to move on and rest some bodies

on a side note: the ffr has created a 30 players "elite group" for the next 2 years which will protect and concentrate the best french players for the next two 6N and RWC build-up. at least, a good news

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