New Zealand served notice to the rest of the World Cup as the mauled France by 37-17 in a one sided game at Eden Park this morning. Dan Carter led the way in an awesome first half display by the men in black and in truth they never really got out of second gear.
Having started with fire and intensity France will have been kicking themselves for falling behind so easily. A great break and run for Ma’a Nonu on halfway split the French defence wide open. Dan Carter recycled the ball and cleverly off loaded to Adam Thompson who got over the white wash for the games first try.
New Zealand kicked on from there and went after France like hungry dogs and quickly got their second try of the game after a beautifully work move off their own lineout put Cory Jane through the hole and ghosted past the non-existent French defence to put New Zealand further ahead.
France’s nightmare first half continued when two minutes later Dan Carter again waltzed past whatever French defence there was and passed to Israel Dagg who had a free run to the line.
That ten minute period saw the All Blacks at their very best. They were savage and committed at the breakdown and were ruthless at their distribution with the ball.
New Zealand put the game beyond doubt right from the start of the second half. A mazy run from Sonny Bill Williams and good hands from Dan Carter put Dagg over for his second try of the game and one that was the final nail in the coffin for France.
The All Blacks continued to dominate the game and although France did get a couple of tries of their own after Maxime Mermoz incepted a pass from the excellent Dan Carter and from Trinch-Duc to put some gloss on the scoreboard.
Sonny Bill Williams got the final try of the game with three minutes to go after some lovely hands from Ali Williams and Dan Carter put the big man over in the corner to round off what was a very pleasing performance from Graham Henry’s side.
While France were shockingly poor, New Zealand were awesome in some areas of the game. Three tries in fifteen minutes showed how ruthless and effective they cane be. Their intensity at the breakdown was also standout and it will take a very good team to lower their colours in this tournament.