The ABs forward pack will be proud of their effort there. Answered the call bigtime.
ABs with possession now on halfway. 24 minutes left and the Kiwis lead by four points.
Penalty ABs. A second scrum penalty in three of four minutes. It was the French tight head who packed in on the angle. Cruden kicks for touch and she's a beauty.
Sorry about that, out of my control. There are still 22 minutes to go.
The second half is struggling to find any flow. A lot of stoppages, penalties and breaks in play.
In a tough test match like this there is really only one option, Cruden will kick for goal.
Cruden scores the ABs' first points of the second half.
After 60 minutes the All Blacks lead 20-13.
Huget makes a nice break down the left for France but his kick is recovered by Dagg. ABs launch an attack now from inside their own half.
The ball is knocked away and turned over.
What a chance missed by France!
Picamoles drops one from 5m as he runs toward an open line. Wow, that could have swung the game. Big drop.
It was low around his shins, but still very catchable. A great chance gone begging.
63 minutes gone now. New Zealand lead by seven.
ABs scrum 10m out from their own line.
We are stuck in scrumtown now. Have spent a little while here in the second half.
15 minutes to go. Another scrum called. This is a shambles.
No one want to see this. It's eating up the clock and is a real negative in the game.
Finally the ABs get a penalty.
Kerr Barlow comes on for Aaron Smith and Rene Ranger comes on for Israel Dagg.
Two excitement machines for the ABs.
Back to scrumtown. A knockon from the French means we are back.
ABs lose the ball in midfield, France kick the lose ball in goal but Ben Smith wins the race to touch it down in goal.
68 mins gone. All Blacks leading 20-13.
France with good possession, but they kick to heavy and it lands in goal. They need to make more happen from their attacking opportunities now. 10 to go.
Into the final ten now and not many thought it would still be this close. But the French are still very much in this. They need to try things.