Saturday Jun 8, 2013

New Zealand come up trumps in hard-fought first Test against France

New Zealand come up trumps in hard-fought first Test against France
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New Zealand and France met at Eden Park for the first time since the 2011 Rugby World Cup Final for the first of their clashes in three-Test series. France started well, but it was the All Blacks that came away 23-13 victors.

France were clearly up for this one as they started well but couldn’t maintain that form or tempo throughout. Both sides dished up a number of handling errors, which All Blacks coach Steve Hansen in particular wasn’t pleased about.

“Obviously we are not happy with the performance,” said Hansen. “We know it was ugly at times. We’re working on new things and when you do that you make mistakes. We weren’t far away from creating really good opportunities to score tries.

“We will go away and try to get rid of the avoidable errors, of which there were about 25, and work and try to refine what we did and I think we will get a better performance next week.”

France, who were without a number of first choice players, can take positives from the game after having test the World Champions, but coach Phillipe Saint-Andre was disappointed, and realises they have a lot to do next weekend in Christchurch.

“We are very disappointed because we were in the game for 80 minutes. Each time they got the opportunity they scored,” Saint-Andre said. “We broke them seven times and we didn’t finish off. At a high level game like this you need to take advantage of that.

“I think we had the opportunity to win the game or to draw. It is a shame because we don’t have many opportunities to beat New Zealand in New Zealand. We just need to work, have a positive attitude and come back stronger in the second and third tests.”

Below are quick highlights showing all the points. View the Haka | View extended highlights

France face up to the Haka at the first 2013 Test against New Zealand in Auckland

Extended highlights of the New Zealand vs France Test in at Eden Park in Auckland

Time: 10:05
Credit: ttrugbyvids

18 Comments

  •  drg
    drg

    Just had the displeasure of watching the second NZ FRA game. I use the word displeasure not because I wanted France to win, but because I feel disappointed that I spent 40 mins (only the 2nd half) of Michalak butcher any chances the French had!! Can the French fans really say Michalak is their best 10? Why not Trinh-Duc, or even Parra!!! On the other side of things I thought NZ played very well, defence was solid and running was hard as usual. Not sure about Nonu today though, seemed a bit quiet (maybe I just missed his stuff)

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  •  drg
    drg

    Just had the displeasure of watching the second NZ FRA game. I use the word displeasure not because I wanted France to win, but because I feel disappointed that I spent 40 mins (only the 2nd half) of Michalak butcher any chances the French had!! Can the French fans really say Michalak is their best 10? Why not Trinh-Duc, or even Parra!!! On the other side of things I thought NZ played very well, defence was solid and running was hard as usual. Not sure about Nonu today though, seemed a bit quiet (maybe I just missed his stuff)

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  •  benjaj
    benjaj

    I agree, but I really think that it is worst in NZ. I guess I'm also a little bit upset because France played well and lost.

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  •  benjaj
    benjaj

    Totally agree, NZ TV is always biased. They never show replays when NZ seems to commit a foul that the referee doesn't see.

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  •  jeri
    jeri

    That French player has gotta deserve free beer all week for braving against Ranger like that.

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  •  colombes
    colombes

    Nice game of rugby, like always between the 2 sides Both teams had some experimental selection, but the level was great. NZ win it in a pragmatic way with nonu at the centre of everything.. when France really missed some good chances to wish a result. the next 2 tests will be entertaining btw, these highlights even the extended one are naturally biased ;)

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  •  benny
    benny

    When I first thought it was missing, I assumed he was trying to do a Jonah and shave his number into his eyebrow but with 12 being more intricate than 11 he made a mess and shaved the whole thing off. But I have a feeling I read somewhere that he bleaches it. He made a comment once that he doesn't want to be a follower, which might explain the eye liner before and now the eyebrow. I guess he's a young man under the spotlight and trying to find his own identity

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  •  pipo
    pipo

    Thanks!

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  • I remember hearing somewhere that he said he shaved his eyebrow when he was a teenager and? it has grown back white / grey

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  •  kadova
    kadova

    Dimitri Yachivili is not taken anymore in the national team because he will be too old for the next world cup. he's giving palce for younger ones. Morgan Parra is injured, wing Vincent Clerc is injured too, and wing Alexis Palisson is getting surgery for a recurrent problem at one hand (he's getting the benefit of the june month off + the holidays before the start of the next season).

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  •  drg
    drg

    I love the French players mutton chop-esque facial hair!

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  •  drg
    drg

    "Also it looks like nonu is missing a whole eyebrow in that picture..." Yeh there was some brutal tackles...

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  •  djbanana
    djbanana

    Its not missing, its just grey i think.

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  •  skronydn
    skronydn

    don't quote me but I it is because of alopecia

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  •  pipo
    pipo

    Why weren't Yachvili and Parra in the team? Are they injured or is this a case of Saint Andre's (mis) selection?

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  •  pipo
    pipo

    I was wondering that too

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  •  technomouse
    technomouse

    Hope the French put in some more performances like that. France vs NZ often produces some of the most cracking games. Does anyone know why Nonu is missing an eyebrow?

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  • Some quality tries there, although do wonder if having internationals after a long season for the NH sides is good for the players. But I guess same applies to the SH sides when they visit the NH too. Also it looks like nonu is missing a whole eyebrow in that picture...

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