France claim record win over All Blacks


Antoine Dupont. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

France made a massive statement as they beat New Zealand by a record
margin, 40-25, on Saturday in a dress rehearsal for the opening game of
the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Les Bleus claimed a first win over the All Blacks since 2009 thanks
to Peato Mauvaka’s double and efforts from Romain Ntamack and Damian
Penaud as well as Melvyn Jaminet’s points from the boot.

The hosts dominated the first half in front of a raucous 79 000-capacity crowd at the Stade de France.

They deservedly led 24-6 at the break after Mauvaka’s brace either side of Ntamack’s superb solo effort.

The All Blacks returned from the interval looking to avoid a first
defeat in Paris to France since 1973 and cut the deficit to 27-25 with
20 minutes to go as Jordie Barrett, Rieko Ioane and Ardie Savea scored.

The tense final quarter was reflected by the passionate home crowd
and they were sent into a frenzy as Damian Penaud scored with 11 minutes
left to secure a statement-making historic win.

New Zealand lost a second game in the space of seven days after the
defeat to Ireland last weekend and conceded 40 points or more for the
second time in two years.

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Publish date : 2021-11-20 22:07:42

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