All Blacks hold off France XV
- 14 Nov 2017
The All Blacks scored four tries in their 28-23 victory against a France XV in front of a 60,000 crowd in Lyon on Tuesday.
New Zealand's midweek team trailed 15-14 at the break, but a strong start to the second half helped secure the win.
All Blacks winger Jack Goodhue was yellow-carded in the 69th minute, with Henry Chavancy scoring the hosts' third try four minutes later. However, the visitors were able to hang on for the win.
France's Test team lost 38-18 to the All Blacks in Paris three days ago, and will take on the Springboks this Saturday.
France XV – Tries: Gabriel Lacroix (2), Henry Chavancy. Conversion: Francois Trinh-Duc. Penalties: Trinh-Duc, Jules Plisson.
All Blacks – Tries: Liam Squire, Matt Duffie, Patrick Tuipulotu, Ngani Laumape. Conversions: Lima Sopoaga (3), Richie Mo'unga.
France XV – 15 Scott Spedding, 14 Gabriel Lacroix, 13 Henry Chavancy, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Hugo Bonneval, 10 Francois Trinh-Duc, 9 Yann Lesgourgues, 8 Marco Tauleigne, 7 Sekou Macalou, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Romain Taofifenua, 4 Yoann Maestri, 3 Malik Hamadache, 2 Camille Chat, 1 Dany Priso.
Subs: 16 Christopher Tolofua, 17 Mohamed Boughanmi, 18 Lucas Pointud, 19 Julien Le Devedec, 20 Fabien Sanconnie, 21 Maxime Machenaud, 22 Jules Plisson, 23 Vincent Rattez.
All Blacks – 15 David Havili, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Seta Tamanivalu, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Luke Whitelock (c), 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Liam Squire, 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Tim Perry.
Subs: 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Atu Moli, 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Akira Ioane, 21 Dillon Hunt, 22 Mitch Drummond, 23 Richie Mo'unga.
Photo: Philippe Desmazes/AFP Photo
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