All Blacks limp past France

Beuden Barrett scored with the last play as the All Blacks beat France in New Plymouth.

The All Blacks won 24-9 after leading 8-6 at halftime.

The All Blacks won the first two Tests to clinch the series and they played like a team that was disinterested and already victorious.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen recalled several veterans for the series dead rubber but they were poor.

Dan Carter, on his return, was a mixed bag. His goalkicking reflected his night. He missed from right in front of the posts and then succeeded from the corner.

Carter still showed some excellent touches but the same cannot be said of hookers Andrew Hore and Keven Mealamu, who surely can’t make it past this season.

Victor Vito, with only nine starts in four years, also showed that he is more the nearly man of New Zealand Test rugby than the ‘Go To’ man.

Vito struggled to make an impression and Kieran Read played what was probably his worst Test in an All Blacks jersey.

Read made more mistakes in this Test than he has in his 51 Test career.

France were tenacious and aggressive in the forwards and in defence but they offered nothing in attack.

It was a Test match of poor quality, as most ‘after the fact’ Tests tend to be.

New Zealand won the first Test 23-13 and the second 30-0.

The 3-0 series win takes New Zealand’s record to 42 wins in 54 starts against France, whose current crop managed just the one try in three Tests against the All Blacks.

All Blacks – Tries: Ben Smith, Beauden Barrett. Conversion: Dan Carter. Penalties: Carter (4).
France – Penalties: Jean-Marc Doussain (2). Drop goal: Florian Fritz.