France Stand Firm To Seal First Victory Over New Zealand In 12 Years

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France held off a second-half comeback by New Zealand to win 40-25 in Paris, snapping a 14-match losing streak to the All Blacks.

New Zealand trailed 24-6 at halftime as a rampant home side took complete control at the Stade de France. New Zealand made seven changes in an attempt to find an immediate response to last weekend’s 29-20 loss to Ireland.

Jordie Barrett, Rieko Ioane, and Ardie Savea scored three tries in 12 minutes after the break to bring New Zealand to within two points of their hosts at 27-25, and to become the first team in Test match history to score 100 tries in a single season.

French chances of a first win against the three-time World Cup winners since 2009 – and first on home soil since a 42-33 victory in Marseille in 2000 – appeared to be fading quickly at that point, but an incident in the 63rd minute saw the pendulum swing back in their favor.

source : Guardian sport

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