Rampaging All Blacks crush France

29th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 27 (AFP) - A magnificent performance from New Zealand fly-half Daniel Carter inspired the All Blacks to a 45-6 thrashing of France here on Saturday as the hosts left the pitch to boos from the home fans.

PARIS, Nov 27 (AFP) - A magnificent performance from New Zealand fly-half Daniel Carter inspired the All Blacks to a 45-6 thrashing of France here on Saturday as the hosts left the pitch to boos from the home fans.

The 22-year-old scored 25 points including one of their five tries while France had only two Frederic Michalak penalties to show for their efforts as they saw their winless streak against their opponents extended to five and their last victory in Paris over the Kiwis dates back to 1973.

Aside from Carter the try scorers were Rodney So'oialo, Jerry Collins with his first for the side, Byron Kelleher and Ma Nonu.

"We are very proud of the performance and passionate about playing here tonight," said man-of-the-match Kelleher.

French coach Bernard Laporte admitted that he was shattered by the defeat.

"I am very disappointed for the players," he said. "I feel bad for them but at the same time I am proud because they gave it everything.

"We have seen the work needed to be competitive."

A nervy opening couple of minutes from the French was alleviated when Michalak slotted a penalty after Cedric Heymans had been obstructed running to collect his up and under.

Carter replied equally effectively in the sixth minute with a monster effort from the halfway line after Olivier Magne was penalised by referee Alain Rolland.

Some over enthusiastic mauling saw Chris Jack's backside exposed to the elements as well as to the capacity crowd while from the ensuing scrum France opened it up down the backline but with Aurelien Rougerie looking to have a free run to the tryline Clement Poitrenaud threw a wayward pass that went straight into touch.

Michalak punished All Black ill-discipline again in the 12th minute as he converted another penalty after Richie McCaw was penalised for stamping on Pieter de Villiers and was given a stern talking to by Rolland.

The visitors should have nabbed their first try a couple of minutes later with a stunning counter-attack launched by Rokocoko from well inside his own half but with just one man to beat fellow wing Doug Howlett chipped too far ahead and it rolled over the dead-ball line.

Carter, though, restored parity with another long range penalty in the 15th minute but his compatriot Tony Marsh did not receive kind treatment from the All Blacks as the French centre had to leave the pitch albeit temporarily with a cut to the head.

The immaculate Carter put the Kiwis ahead for the first time - 9-6 - in the 23rd minute with a penalty from wide out on the right and five minutes later added another one when Heymans was called for obstruction and received a schoolmasterly telling off from Rolland.

Heymans had to react desperately seven minutes from the break as Howlett kicked into the try area and the Toulouse wing hacked it over the dead-ball line.

However Heymans was powerless to stop So'oialo on the stroke of half-time as Byron Kelleher sniped through a yawning gap and offloaded to the flanker who touched down in the corner for his third try in nine tests - Carter converted from the touchline to give the visitors a 19-6 advantage.

Poitrenaud's nightmare return to the side reached its nadir two minutes into the second-half when he failed to collect the ball fumbled it and it rolled into touch with the youngster kicking it in frustration against the hoardings.

He was doubly punished as Collins try came a minute later as the 24-year-old bulldozed his way through several French tackles and Carter converted to make it 26-6.

The All Blacks were virtually toying with the weary French by this stage and with just 11 minutes gone of the second period Carter went over in the right hand corner and duly converted it to take it to 33-6.

Three minutes later and the impressive Kelleher broke through the French defence and despite being brought to ground by Michalak he got the nod from Rolland after consulting with the linesman, though the Kiwi scrum-half appeared to have made a double movement to get over the line - Carter proved he was mortal by hitting the post with his conversion.

France coach Bernard Laporte rang the changes with 15 minutes remaining as he took off two of the players he had demanded put up great performances, Imanol Harinordoquy and Michalak, but it was to no avail.


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