Good chance to launch an attack from the 22 now. Can they bring Savea into play?
No they can not. The lineout is lost and France clear their lines.
All Black scrum awarded on halfway. Something needs to change here for the ABs. It's all very scrappy.
30 minutes into the first half now and France lead 7-3. Not many picked this start.
Ben Smith makes an electric burst through midfield and makes good ground.
But, once again, it's turned over cheaply. France with ball in hand on halfway now.
France with an extended period of possession now, still deep in their half.
What a try. Ben Smith opened up the French defence, Aaron Smith ran a perfect line to receive the inside ball and touch down. The All Blacks are back.
They needed someone to spark them into life and Ben Smith answered that call.
Cruden knocks over the extras and they jump into the lead for the first time.
Adrien Plante charges down field for France. He made great ground before eventually getting pulled down. The All Blacks eventually get back to support but get pinged for offside.
The kick is good from Machenaud from 30m and the scores are level.
Just under four minutes left in the first half.
Sam Cane touches down under the posts but this one was made by Ma'a Nonu.
Nonu breaks the midfield defensive line, hands off to Aaron Smith who flicks it to Cane. France have woken the beast.
Cruden converts from right infront.
17-10 to the All Blacks with just over a minute to go in the first half.
Just seconds remaining in the first half.
France have possession. The halftime hooter has sounded.
France lose it. Conrad Smith has it and thinks about a counter attack.
Finally the halftime whistle sounds. What a half.
Halftime: All Blacks 17 France 10
After a very sloppy start the All Blacks finished the half in scintillating fashion. Two late tries mean the ABs head into the sheds seven points ahead, but it's not necessarily a lead they deserve. They were second best for large periods of that half.