Brilliant All Blacks fry French

The All Blacks produced their best performance since the Soweto Test win against the Springboks to beat France 30-0 in Christchurch.

The All Blacks had been fortunate to win the first Test 23-13 in Auckland but there was nothing fortuitous about this win.

It was emphatic and it was brilliant.

The All Blacks scored three tries and probably could have had three more, but it was their defence and tactical kicking game that was ruthless in difficult underfoot conditions.

Halfbacks Aaron Smith and Aaron Cruden played the percentages to perfection in a first half in which the All Blacks enjoyed 75 percent field position.

Fullback Israel Dagg also enjoyed his best international match for a year.

Kieran Read, in his 50th Test, was massive but to single out an individual would be unfair on the team, who all produced an outstanding effort.

The All Blacks victory clinched the three-Test series with one Test to go and the win was also their 41st in 53 Tests against France.

Read’s personal celebration was mirrored with the team celebration in the All Blacks’ 500th Test match.

The All Blacks led 10-0 at half time but were dominant throughout in every facet of play.

It was a brilliant performance.

All Blacks – Tries: Julian Savea, Ben Smith, Beauden Barrett. Conversions: Aaron Cruden (3). Penalties: Cruden (3).