SAVEA STORMS THE BASTILLE
The sense of déjà vu was undeniable. The All Blacks, eight years after they played and lost to France in a World Cup quarterfinal in Cardi , had to play France in a World Cup quarterfinal in Cardi .
The ghosts of their past were everywhere and no one could think about the game in 2015 without dredging up memories of 2007.
It didn’t take long, though, once the game had kicked o for 2007 to become a distant memory. The All Blacks came out hard and fast and blitzed the French.
They were ruthless and dynamic and they scored nine tries. They had been working up to a performance like that after deliberately keeping much of their gameplan hidden in the pool rounds.
Of the nine tries they scored, it was one by Julian Savea that stood out the most. The big wing rampaged down the left, shoving o defenders with his power, bouncing through three before touching down.
It was a try that encapsulated the gulf between the All Blacks and France, with the latter being booed o the park at the end of the game.
“It was a pretty special performance,” All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said.
“When you come to the World Cup you come with a plan and it’s been questioned by a few people, but the key people who didn’t question it are the ones in the group.”
RAW POWER Julian Savea gave his best Jonah Lomu impression in Cardi 2015.