8:35 AM
Yarrow Stadium
Test Match • Regular

New Zealand - France

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That Carter conversion will be the last kick of the match and New Zealand have the comfortable win and series whitewash.


CONVERSION! Carter puts his tricky kick, from out on the right wing, right in between the posts just to compound France's misery.


TRY NEW ZEALAND! Fantastic from Beauden Barrett, who in finding Israel Dagg actually started the move. He sets off in chase of Ben Smith's kick, easily out-pacing the French backs and diving onto the loose ball before taking it over the line with his slide. A great score for the substitute in front of his home crowd.


Dagg and Ben Smith combine on the right wing ... the latter putting a grubber kick upfield before being bundles out into touch ...


Bastareaud takes Owen Franks out off the ball, but he escapes perhaps a little luckily. He had already committed to the tackle but it was pretty late, after Franks had knocked-on, and France will have the scrum.


One last replacement for New Zealand as Beau Barrett comes on for Ma'a Nonu.


Romano nearly breaks free, taking the ball 10m and up to mid-way between the 10m and 5m line. The All Blacks pushing for the late try that would cap this win for them.


Camille Lopez, recently on for Antoine Classen slips as he attempts to collect a great kick upfield from Nonu. It gives the All Blacks extra time to get bodies up the pitch and apply the pressure.


PENALTY NEW ZEALAND! Comfortable for Carter as he lands the resulting penalty from that sin-binning of Maestri. Just seven minutes to go now and France trail by the equivalent of a converted try and a penalty.


Luatua is given an immediate introduction to the match as Yoann Maestri grabs him in a headlock in the maul. The French second-rower is sent to the sin-bin for his troubles and France will have to play out the remainder of this match one-man short.


Steven Luatua is brought on to replace Victor Vito as France get the penalty and the chance to clear their lines.


Dagg takes the ball on five metres and on to the 10m line after a great break from Ranger but he spills the ball in a big hit from Bastareaud (he's a little slow to get upfrom that as well) and Nonu and Conrad Smith are unable to get it under control.


Keven Mealamu comes on for Andrew Hore in time to take the line-out and New Zealand collect but they lose the ball fairly quickly and France kick upfield to relieve some pressure.


Great collection from Ben Kayser on the high ball under pressure from the fast-advancing Victor Vito. But he skews his kick and New Zealand will have an attacking line-out in between the 22m and 10m line.


Maxime Machenaud comes on for Jean-Marc Doussain while Vahaamhina replaces Alexandre Flanquart as France look to get some fresh legs on the field.


PENALTY NEW ZEALAND! Carter nails the kick from right out on the right touchline. That's a much harder kick than the ones he's missed but this is the one he lands! France now trail by a try, albeit an unconverted try.


Carter will have another chance to extend the All Blacks lead as earn yet another penalty is conceded at the breakdown by France.


Carter pulls another kick wide, this time to the right of the posts from slightly to the right of centre, and that's a bit of a waste from the All Blacks who were gifted the chance to extend their lead when France were penalised for failing to roll away from the tackle.


France look to run the ball from their own 22 only for Conrad Smith to put in a thumping tackle on Fofana single-handedly pushing Les Bleus five metres back and forcing the turn-over.


PENALTY NEW ZEALAND! Almost as soon as France had put themselves back in front and Tales is penalised for offside shortly after the re-start. Carter makes no mistake with this kick and New Zealand regain the lead. It's still very tight.


PENALTY FRANCE! Doussain recovers from that crunching high tackle in time to thump his penalty kick in between the posts and take the tourists back into the lead, albeit only by one point.


France will have the first opportunity to put points on the board in this second half as Sam Cane is penalised for a high tackle on Doussain.


Read knocks on after spilling a pass from Dagg as the All Blacks look to start the second half in the manner in which they ended the first.


Dan Carter gets the second half underway ...




France put the ball out into touch and that will be the end of the first half. Battling stuff from France for the first 40 minutes but signs towards the end of the half that New Zealand were beginning to find some gaps.


Carter puts a grubber kick upfield for Conrad Smith, this time, to chase. The Kiwi centre beats Maestri, Andreu and Fritz in the process but can't hold on to the ball as he skids over the and the TMO decision is no try. There will be time for a five metre scrum though, albeit with France enjoying the put-in.


PENALTY FRANCE! Great response from the French as Doussain makes amends for his previous missed kick, landing his first penalty of the day after Crockett is blown up for illegal entry at the maul.


Another missed kick from Carter, who is looking a little rusty with the boot although not in open play. New Zealand will have to be content with just the five points from that score.


TRY NEW ZEALAND! Great work from Ben Smith as he just keeps himself in play long enough to touch down as three French backs look to drag him into touch. Smith keeps his legs up though and slides onto the line before being bundled out. Nice offload from Dagg to set up that try as well.


New Zealand on the attack again now as Domingo is penalised at the scrum and Carter puts his kick into touch on the French 22.


New Zealand escape again as Doussain pulls what should be a relatively straight forward kick (for him, at least) wide of the left upright. New Zealand were penalised for collapsing the scrum and Doussain, kicking from just to the left of goal, really should have done better with that.


Dagg collects the grubber kick through from Tales. Dagg ... Ranger ... Weepu ... Dagg ... Carter ... Read ... the All Blacks still in their own half ... Read spills the ball, Ben Smith collects but it will be a French scrum.


New Zealand try to force their way through the French line but France get the defensive scrum on their own 22m when the ball gets trapped under a mound of bodies, Weepu caught lying on top of it.


There's a collective gasp around the Yarrow Stadium as Carter becomes the latest to pull his kick wide. That hardly ever happens! The iconic Kiwi half-back actually bounces his kick off the outside of the right post and this time France escape.


Doussain pulls his penalty kick wide, given the opportunity to extend the tourists lead after Owen Franks was penalised at the break down.


A bit scrappy from Israel Dagg after Ben Smith had comfortably collected a high ball from Brice Dulin, Dagg putting the ball out just outside his 22.


PENALTY NEW ZEALAND! Carter lands his first kick of the day after Yoann Maestri is penalised for joining the maul incorrectly. The Frenchman grins wryly and Carter levels the scores with a kick from left to right.


Huget, recoverd from that leg injury and back on the field for the last couple of minutes, slips as he looks to collect the loose ball and he is immediately swamped by black shirts and pushed into touch.


France putting New Zealand under pressure again as Tales puts up a 30m cross kick. The ball goes out on the full though and the All Blacks will have the defensive line-out.


DROP GOAL FRANCE! Florian Fritz gives his side the lead with just the third drop goal of his career. That move came directly from a Crockett penalty in the scrum, France working the ball up the field before Fritz saw his opportunity.


Better pressure now from New Zealand as they seem content to sit in French territory and show the tourists that they are not to be broken down that easily. The All Blacks work the ball through 13 phases before France fashion a turnover and look to run the ball from their own half.


Yohann Huget has gone down and stayed down during that move and it doesn't look good for the French winger. It looks a like a leg injury but he's not really moving. He will go off to be replaced by Mathieu Bastareaud.


Scintilating start from France as Tales puts a grubber kick through and into the try area. Fofana and Fritz are penalised for offside, giving Carter a chance to clear his lines and kick down to the half-way line.


Remi Tales gets the clash underway, kicking straight down the throat of Victor Vito ...


Weepu leads New Zealand in a solid version the Kapa o Pango haka and we are just about ready to go now.


The anthems complete, first La Marseillaise followed by God Defend New Zealand, and we've just the haka to go before kick-off.


France: 15-Brice Dulin, 14-Marc Andreu, 13-Florian Fritz, 12-Wesley Fofana, 11-Yoann Huget, 10-Remi Talès, 9-Jean-Marc Doussain, 8-Antonie Claassen, 7-Damien Chouly, 6-Theirry Dusautoir, 5-Yoann Maestri, 4-Alexandre Flanquart, 3-Nicolas Mas, 2-Benjamin Kayser, 1-Thomas Domingo. Replacements: 16-Dimitri Szarzewski, 17-Eddy Ben Arous, 18-Luc Ducalcon, 19-Sebastien Vahaamahina, 20-Bernard Le Roux, 2-Maxime Machenaud, 22-Camille Lopez, 23-Mathieu Bastareaud.


All Blacks: 15-Israel Dagg, 14-Ben Smith, 13-Conrad Smith, 12-Ma'a Nonu, 11-Rene Ranger, 10-Daniel Carter, 9-Piri Weepu, 8-Kieran Read (captain), 7-Sam Cane, 6-Victor Vito, 5-Samuel Whitelock, 4-Luke Romano, 3-Owen Franks, 2-Andrew Hore, 1-Wyatt Crockett. Replacements: 16-Keven Mealamu, 17-Tony Woodcock, 18-Ben Franks, 19-Steven Luatua, 20-Matt Todd, 21-Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22-Beauden Barrett, 23-Charles Piutau.


France have made eight changes to their starting XV. Castres pivot Remi Tales comes in for the injured Fred Michalak to form a new half-back combination alongside Jean Marc-Doussain, who starts in place of the benched Maxime Machenaud. Brice Dulin gets a start at full-back while Marc Andreu is on the right wing. Antoine Claassen replaces the injured Louis Picamoles. Alexandre Flanquart comes in for Christophe Samson at lock while Benjamin Kayser takes over at hooker.


The All Blacks have made five changes to their team for this encounter. Dan Carter finally returns from injury reuniting him with Piri Weepu. Rene Ranger gets his first start with Victor Vito comes off the bench to get his first start in 2013. Dane Coles has suffered a calf strain and was unavailable for selection. He has been replaced in the starting XV by Andrew Hore with Keven Mealamu coming in as reserve hooker.


Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage from New Zealand's third and final clash against France. This one is being played at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth with France looking to avoid a whitewash having already lost the series 2-0.