Rugby Championship

France XV run All Blacks close

2017-11-14 22:21
Lima Sopoaga (Gallo Images)

Lyon - Ngani Laumape ran in one of four New Zealand tries as the world champions edged a France XV 28-23 in a clash of second-string sides here on Tuesday.

Laumape sealed the win with the final All Blacks try, after Liam Squire, Matt Duffie and Patrick Tuipulotu had earlier touched down in front a packed 58 000 crowd for the non-cap international.

The French side led 15-14 at half-time after a pair of scores from La Rochelle wing Gabriel Lacroix, but came up short despite a second half try from Henry Chavancy.

Kiwi flyhalf Lima Sopoaga, who came off the bench late in Saturday's 38-18 Test victory over the French in Paris, kicked three of four conversions for the visitors, with Richie Mo'unga knocking over the other.

Francois Trinh-Duc was the only France player also involved in Saturday's defeat - Les Bleus' 11th consecutive against New Zealand since 2009 - and provided eight points with the boot.

France have not beaten New Zealand on home soil since a 42-33 win in Marseille in November 2000.

They host South Africa at the Stade de France on Saturday, while the All Blacks head to Edinburgh this weekend to face Scotland.


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 François 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

Substitutes: 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

New Zealand

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 (captain), 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Liam Squire, 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Tim Perry

Substitutes: 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

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