Dunedin - Rieko
Ioane scored a dazzling second half hat-trick as New Zealand punished
France 49-14 to complete a clean sweep of their three-Test series in
Dunedin on Saturday.
There were nine tries, seven for the All Blacks - including three to
Ioane and two to Damian McKenzie - and two for France as both sides
relished the freedom to attack on a firm surface in the enclosed Dunedin
McKenzie converted all the All Blacks' tries to finish with a match
haul of 24 points, while Ioane took his try haul to 16 from 16 Tests.
It rounded off a torrid tour for France, who were dismembered 52-11
in the first Test and gallantly went down 26-13 in the second, following
an early red card which was rescinded after the game.
Despite mass changes in the All Blacks team, quick feet and
outrageous offloads produced a helter-skelter game in which France were
competitive for the first half-hour when the scores were tied 14-14.
But after McKenzie's first try - helped by referee John Lacey, who
accidentally impeded Baptiste Serin - the All Blacks led 21-14 at the
turn, and France were unable to find a way back.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen was vindicated in his decision to make
10 changes and blood four new Test players, with next year's World Cup
His aim was to build depth and the match-day 23 included only six
players who featured in the quarter-final win over France in the World
Cup three years ago.
But it was France who made the blitz start stand-in captain Morgan
Parra had called for, after a well-timed intercept by Kelian Galletier
took Les Bleus deep into New Zealand territory.
Parra went off with a head knock as France repeatedly pounded the
line until his replacement scrum-half, Serin, dummied his way over the
However, the All Blacks fired back with two quick tries.
The first was to fullback Ben Smith, after turning down a shot at
goal in favour of a lineout, and the second went to Matt Todd from a
France replied with a well-taken try to Wesley Fofana as they
dominated possession, and the powerful work of Galletier and Kevin
Gourdon allowed the Fofana and Remi Lamerat partnership to get in behind
the All Blacks backline.
It took New Zealand's new-look backline until the second half to
achieve the same penetration, with McKenzie scoring his second try five
minutes after the restart.
Despite McKenzie's points tally, he had a mixed game in his
first-start at flyhalf. He had problems with his tactical kicking and
passing but when he ran, his acceleration and body swerve baffled the
Tries: Ben Smith, Matt Todd, Damian McKenzie (2), Rieko Ioane (3)
Conversions: Damian McKenzie (7)
Tries: Baptiste Serin, Wesley Fofana
Conversions: Anthony Belleau (2)
15 Ben Smith, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Aaron Smith; 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Sam Whitelock (captain), 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody
Substitutes: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Karl Tu'inukuafe, 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 19 Jackson Hemopo, 20 Matt Todd, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Richie Mo'unga, 23 Jordie Barrett
15 Benjamin Fall, 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Remi Lamerat, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Gael Fickou, 10 Anthony Belleau, 9 Morgan Parra (captain), 8 Kevin Gourdon, 7 Kelian Galletier, 6 Mathieu Babillot, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Bernard Le Roux, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Camille Chat, 1 Dany Priso
Substitutes: 16 Adrien Pelissie, 17 Cyril Baille, 18 Cedate Gomes Sa, 19 Felix Lambey, 20 Alexandre Lapandry, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Jules Plisson, 23 Maxime Medard