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Sport All Blacks condemn France to narrow defeat

02:52  15 november  2017
02:52  15 november  2017 Source:   afp.com

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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. France , whose last win over New Zealand came in 2009, led 15-14 at

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

New Zealand's centre Ngani Laumape (L) scores a try during the international rugby union test match against France November 14, 2017© Provided by AFP New Zealand's centre Ngani Laumape (L) scores a try during the international rugby union test match against France November 14, 2017

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

France, whose last win over New Zealand came in 2009, 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.

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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. France , whose last win over New Zealand came in 2009, led 15-14 at

France , whose last win over New Zealand came in 2009, led 15-14 at half-time after a pair of scores from La Rochelle wing Gabriel Lacroix, but came up short despite a They host South Africa at the Stade de France on Saturday, while the All Blacks head to Edinburgh this weekend to face Scotland.

Kiwi fly-half 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 -- 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.

All Blacks still unbeaten after seeing off Scots challenge .
World champions New Zealand held off a game challenge to keep intact their 112-year unbeaten record against Scotland with a hard-fought 22-17 win at Murrayfield on Saturday. The All Blacks outscored their hosts three tries to two but were given a tough test by a side who are still to beat them in 33 meetings.Codie Taylor, Damian McKenzie and Beauden Barrett scored tries for New Zealand after the sides were deadlocked at 3-3 at half-time, while Jonny Gray stretched over for Scotland's first try and Huw Jones added a second three minutes from time.

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