Saturday, November 28, 2009
The All Blacks, wearing all white, outclassed France in Marseilles as they ended their end of year tour with another win by beating the French 39-12.
Despite having a poor Tri Nations, New Zealand ended their northern hemisphere tour unbeaten after wins over Wales, Italy, England, and now France.
Tonight they showed a brand of rugby thats been missing over the past few weeks, and lacking in their own game for some time. They got it back though, as they showed all the flair and skill that made them the most feared team in the world for many years.
Five tries were scored by the All Blacks, namely from Sitiveni Sivivatu, Mils Muliaina, Jerome Kaino, Cory Jane and Conrad Smith. Dan Carter was back to his best too, kicking 14 points.
Owen Franks was yellow carded late in the match after tempers flared between the two sides. The All Blacks played a few minutes with 14 players, but it made no difference to the result as theyd done more than enough to secure the great win.
Captain Richie McCaw has since been named IRB Player of the Year , a somewhat surprising choice as he beat out favourites Fourie Du Preez and Brian ODriscoll.
"It's a huge honour," said McCaw. "One guy gets this but you can't do it without your mates." McCaw was also quite naturally delighted with the convincing display against the French.
"It was an incredible Test match between France and New Zealand and we appreciate that," he said.
The All Blacks play the Barbarians in London next weekend, a match which will see them up against a strong Baa Baas side. A win there will cap off a fantastic end of season tour.
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