Dark Night

NZ Rugby World - - Rising From The Ashes -

NEW ZEALAND 18-20 FRANCE / Oc­to­ber 6, 2007 / Cardiff, Wales The French, with some play­ers wear­ing red tops, oth­ers white and some blue to rep­re­sent the na­tional flag, faced the haka in ar­row for­ma­tion then ad­vanced to the halfway line to con­front the All Blacks. It was tense and in­dica­tive of the fe­roc­ity that awaited. All Blacks en­joy a pro­longed at­tack­ing spell where they are fluid and co­he­sive, mak­ing their passes stick and break­ing tack­les. A chip and chase by Luke McAlis­ter leads to the French killing the ball and Dan Carter slot­ting the penalty from 25 me­tres out. NZ 3-0 FRANCE A su­perb break by McAlis­ter sets up the chance for Ali Williams to go in at the cor­ner. But he clips touch on the dive. From the de­fen­sive li­ne­out, the French clear, but a quick throw-in sees McAlis­ter make an­other tremen­dous bust, feed to Jerry Collins and then take the re­turn pass to score. NZ 10-0 FRANCE

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