HOW THE ABs RATED
Not many attacking chances. Some confident high-ball takes, a well-read 22 catch and nice banana clearance, good floating ball for Duffie try. Caught in no-man’s land in being unable to stop first French try.
Palmed off big-time by Camille Chat. Lean frame was hit backwards a few more times with ball in hand, but found a bit more space later.
Sole new starting All Black had some good stuff undone by unfortunate 67th-minute yellow card. Prior to that showed lovely vision and distribution, including nice floating ball for Squire to score. Good defensive reads too.
Strong carries as usual - no better than 56th-min try where he ran over Vincent Rattezand close to line. Distribution a mix of lovely and awful – such as super quick-hands turning average Sopoaga pass into a Duffie try, then soon after throwing intercept-try pass which was forward anyway.
Used often in midfield as a dangerous roamer, always strong. Some good runs down left flank. Sucked in on defence to concede ABs’ first try.
Just a distributor, really. One early aimless kick, forward pass scuppered attacking chance on halftime. Solid front-on defence.
Most likely his last match in ABs jersey before heading to La Rochelle. Decent defensive work, the odd good scamper, awful grubber into French legs, not the crispest night of distribution.
Nothing flashy from first-time skipper, always on hand for a strong carry, and solid tackling. Lost ball in tackle close to line but a penalty saved blushes.
Fine early turnover win which turned momentum and led to opening try. Mostly well-contained and couldn’t find much space to show the x-factor.
Back from sick bed in a storming way. Best on the paddock, with great roaming runs and support play mixed with a tonne of solid hits and abrasiveness round fringes.
The big lineout target, though not too much else. Did well to lock up French maul and win turnover.
Spilled opening kickoff, but improved plenty from there. Great early charge, decent link work and runs in middle. Had ball ripped when tryline beckoned, but made amends with 52nd-minute score with strong carry.
One penalty for collapsed scrum, but otherwise solid at the set-piece.