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All Blacks crush France 37-17 at Rugby World Cup

New Zealand crushed France in a resounding 37-17 win at the Rugby World Cup Saturday amid criticism that France coach Marc Lievremont picked a weaker squad so that the team would qualify for the easier group in the next stage.


AP - France missed tackle after tackle to help New Zealand on its way to a resounding 37-17 win in the Rugby World Cup, strengthening claims that coach Marc Lievremont did not pick a good enough team.

Lievremont had been pilloried all week for leaving out several first-choice players, to allegedly facilitate the chances of finishing second and slipping into the more favorable-looking side of the draw.

His players did little to shake off that so-called ‘B team’ tag with some horribly sloppy defending.

New Zealand’s first four tries were the product of hopelessly missed tackles in the midfield, leaving France’s defense overly exposed at a sold-out Eden Park.

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