WOW, what a start. Wesley Fofana loomed up in support of Florian Fritz after he broke the ABs line and France have an early five point lead.
Make that seven. Maxime Machenaud addsa the extras from right in front.
Nonu slipped over in the defensive line for the ABs and France attacked the gap with precision.
France pinged for offside and Aaron Cruden knocks the penalty attempt wide to the left.
ABs with ball in hand again. Inside the French half.
They spread it wide to Messam, but once again France stand strong.
France turn the ball over deep in their own half. Lopez clears into touch.
Cruden tries a cross field kick and Yoann Huget suffers from a case of the butter fingers.
ABs scrum 10m out. Great chance.
Scrum penalty All Blacks.
Kieran Read eyes the goalposts and Cruden will have another crack.
It's on a similar angle from the kick he just missed.
Oh dear. He has missed again. The first one went left, this one went right. The crowd is very quiet.
France with the ball on their own 22 and Lopez fires a kick downfield.
And Conrad smith makes a meal of it. A wobbly old kick and the French get some change.
The ABs have made a shaky start to this one. No other way to say it.
Read rips away a French attack down the right and now the ABs are on the front foot.
Great play from Read, the ABs needed that.
ABs go wide to Dagg but the pass is forward. Nothing seems to be working. The good news is there is a longggg way to go.
Plante kicks the ball away from an offisde position and Cruden has attempt number three.
HE SCORES! And the Eden Park faithful go crazy. The ABs get on the board.
22 mins gone in the first half and France lead 7-3.
France put up a huge Gary Owen (for any Jonah Lomu rugby fans out there) and Dagg deals with it splendidly.
Ball eventually finds its way into touch and the ABs have a lineout just inside the French half.
Cruden looks for the inside route but the ball is knocked down and France clear.
Everytime the ABs attack it's very scrappy. A lot of lost ball and unforced errors.
@Zirexx A very high kick, aka a midfield bomb.
I feel your pain Zippity. That's why the live blog is your best form of coverage. I would never do that.
ABs earn a penalty in their own half and Cruden kicks for touch.