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All Blacks take their chances and beat France

© Pierre René-Worms

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-11-10

New Zealand scored two tries in the second half to take control of a tight rugby union international at the Stade de France on Saturday night. The All Blacks went on to beat the French, 26-19

Winger Charles Piutau and No. 8 Kieran Read scored second-half tries as New Zealand won 26-19 against France to maintain its unbeaten record this year and beat the French for the eighth successive time.

After a close first half, which saw Morgan Parra and Dan Carter cancel each other out with three penalties each, the game started to open up more in the second period.

The All Blacks capitalized on some poor defending when Piutau touched down in the left corner and Read scored in almost exactly the same place after being brilliantly set up by Piutau.

Fullback Brice Dulin got France's try, but with only 10 minutes left it was too late for a comeback. Tempers frayed near the end, with France camped on New Zealand's line.

There were five other internationals played earlier on Saturday. South Africa scored three tries as they beat the Six Nations champions, Wales, 24-15 in Cardiff. England beat Argentina, 31-12, at Twickenham. Australia crushed Italy, 42-17, in Turin. In Edinburgh, Scotland beat Japan, 42-17. In Dublin, Ireland beat Samoa, 40-9.

(FRANCE 24 with wires)

Date created : 2013-11-10

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