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RWC: France Light Up The All Blacks in Paris

RWC: France Light Up The All Blacks in Paris

France is up and running at this year’s Rugby World Cup. Les Blues registered a resilient 27-13 win over a resurgent All Blacks in the World Cup opener in the Stade De France (Paris St Denis). With two tries a piece, the All Blacks penalty count proved the difference in a hugely contested fixture. The All Blacks succumbed once more to ill-discipline and having to play a man down once again. The French nerves will be settled as their performance will put them in good stead for the rest of the tournament.

Will Jordan played the villain this time for the All Blacks. After his speed got the better of him and mistimed a tackle, earning him a 10-minute sin-binning. Special mention to the try scorers, who made the game a spectacle out wide on the wing. Both producing man-of-the-match performances. New Zealand’s Mark Telea’s finishing skills came to the fore bagging a brace for the All Blacks. However, his opposite winger in France’s Damian Penaud was a threat all game and scored his own and had one disallowed.

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New Zealand will be rocked by the defeat as well as injuries as their skipper joined a growing list of injured players. Sam Cane was ruled out of the fixture due to a sore back hours before the game. And Ian Foster had to reshuffle his pack bringing in Tupou Vaa’i at blind side flank and shifting Papalii to the open side.

It is definitely not the end of the road for the All Blacks. Following their first defeat in a pool game at a World Cup. And it’s certainly not job done for Le Blues either. It’s all there to play for, and the tournament will present other challenges going forward. Whether New Zealand can rise and meet France again in the final will make for interesting reading with punters. Either way, there is a long way to go in the tournament and it’s only just got started.

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