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© 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.

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.

© 2017 AFP