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International Rugby: 2018 France Tour of New Zealand at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin

It’s the third & final match of France’s 2018 Tour of New Zealand.

This time we fly over from Wellington to Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.

Will New Zealand clean sweep 3-0 & leave the French in huge heartbreak?

Or will France work their magic & get the upper hand to end their Kiwi tour on a high note?

Let’s find out.

1st Half

Ten minutes in this game and France has spread out wide towards the right-hand side.

Quick ball to Camille Chat of whom the All Blacks held him down inches away from the try line.

And then Baptiste Serin quickly picks up the ball, goes past the dummy & scores the first five points for France.

All Blacks strike one back five minutes later.

The home team quickly worked their way up front with the pace of Rieko Ioane.

With France held Ioane up, New Zealand needed to desperately break the opposing defensive wall to tie up the scoreboard.

They successfully found a way to strike five-point score.

It allowed New Zealand spread out wide as Ben Smith executed the set piece perfectly.

France sets up another five-point score touchdown.

France have got plenty of work to close the gap towards the Kiwis after Matt Todd’s try in the 23rd minute.

Look at Wesley Fofana; his pace couldn’t stop three of Kiwi defense players from holding him down.

Once again, France built seven phases to maintain structure before applied their set piece with a five-point reward.

And as always Anthony Belleau successfully kicked between the sticks for another two points in his second conversion attempt.

Damian McKenzie, the jack of all trades playmaking king.

The All Blacks’ scrummaging maintained 100% square.

With France trying to force a collapse, Aaron Smith released the ball at the right time.

Then there are no French players trying to stop Damian McKenzie when the All Black No. 10 touched down for his try of the night.

2nd Half

Seven minutes into second half, McKenzie gave himself a bit of space before touching down for another Kiwi try.

Great assist from Luke Whitelock and Aaron Smith of creating that set-piece play.

So the creative half in McKenzie finishes the job for them.

If a try isn’t enough, a conversion kick for goal also ticks off McKenzie’s playmaking abilities too.

Rieko Ioane completes the trifecta of scores at Dunedin.

With the help of the line-out as well as Sonny Bill Williams & Damian McKenzie, look out another speedster.

Left Winger Rieko Ioane couldn’t stop sprinting by cutting inside when he passes both Teddy Thomas & Maxime Medard for the first try.

Ioane did score another TRY with the offload from Jack Goodhue before completed a stunning hat-trick six minutes later.

Once again, another full pass from the playmaking ability of McKenzie by going flexible with width & depth to assist Ioane’s hat-trick.

Even Anthony Belleau & Teddy Thomas did it too little, too late by failing to arrest Ioane at their danger area.

It created an enormous amount of pain at the dismay of the French defense.

That’s the problem from the opposing side which help much during their three-week stay in New Zealand.

Final Score: New Zealand 49-14 France

New Zealand

Tries

  • Ben Smith (16′)
  • Matt Todd (23′)
  • Damian McKenzie {33′, 47′)
  • Rieko Ioane (53′, 59′ & 65′)

Conversions

  • Damian McKenzie, 7/7, (17′, 24′, 33′, 48′, 54′, 60′, 66′)

France

Tries

  • Baptiste Serin (12′)
  • Wesley Fofana (28′)

Conversions

  • Anthony Belleau, 2/2, (13′, 29′)

Conclusion

It’s an exciting series where we’ve seen a lot of attacking rugby from the All Blacks.

When Beauden Barrett couldn’t play for the rest of the tour, someone has got to fill his boots ASAP.

There’s one who stands out from the bench last week & now throughout tonight.

It’s the young playmaking king in Damian McKenzie.

He sets up two tries as well as kicking all seven conversions all by himself.

Surely there’s heated competition over at the Fly-Half role when both Beauden Barrett & McKenzie are entirely fit.

We’ll find out when the Rugby Championship kicks off in Mid-August.

Overall, New Zealand always run around & stay flexible all the time.

You see the rapid pace of Rieko Ioane & Ben Smith cutting inside the French defense & making set pieces.

It conveys the attacking strength of how the All Blacks play their rugby.

And it left the French baffled after a 3-0 humiliating whitewash against the home team.

France has a lot of work to fix up in all areas once they return home.

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