ABs conceded a penalty at scrum time. Michalak fires it into touch.
Dagg climbs high to retrieve a French bomb and gets flipped on his back. Good catch though.
Nonu gets thumped. That got the crowd gasping. France with the ball in their own half now. A lot of kicking in the early stages, smart play considering the slippery conditions.
France get forced back but Medard does well to clear into touch. 11 minutes in now and it's all a bit messy and slippery. Another ABs knock-on, French scrum on halfway.
ABs dropping off a few tackles in the last five minutes. They are moving up quickly in there line, maybe a little too quickly. ABs scrum now on the French 22 after another knock-on.
Another sweet kick from Cruden finds touch on the French 22. The game is struggling to find any real flow. knock-ons, kicks and lineouts have dominated the early stages.
Cruden is having a great start with the boot. He recognised some space deep in the French pocket and found touch with a perfectly placed kick.
ABs kick, France kick, ABs kick, France kick, ball goes out.
It's a bit like a slippery game of ping pong at the moment.
France make good ground now through Machenaud. 10m out, good chance.
Michalak has a crack with a drop kick from 30m and it dribbles well wide.
No niggle yet, it's been relatively even apart from the early ABs try.
French lineout is a wobbly one, but they earn a penalty for ABs interference. They will have a crack at goal from 40m and a slight angle.
Michalak punches his kick off the upright and the ball bounces back into play,
Kieran Read gets the scraps and breaks free downfield. Abs with all the momentum now.
What a great run from Kieran Read. He showed good acceleration and power to find a gap and exploit it.
The follow on from that saw the French forced back deep, and coughed up a penalty.
Cruden nails the penalty. All Blacks lead 10-0.
22 MINS - ALL BLACKS 10 FRANCE 0
The ABs chase has been superb tonight. Again they put the pressure on the French backline and again they earn a turnover.
France earn a penalty though and kick for touch on halfway.
Great break from Nonu and the ABs are over the line, but did they get it down?
Ref says no, we are backing up for an ABs scrum 5m out. The French are not out of the woods yet.
Ben Smith was clearly held back by Fritz in the buildup to that break.
There's nothing worse than a jersey puller.
it was a professional foul, he's lucky to still be on the field.
Cruden swings his penalty wide. His first real mistake of the night.
30 mins gone in the first half now and the ABs have another lineout on the 5m line. Great chance.
Nonu tries to fight his way over but can't make it past Machenaud. Great defence by the Frenchman.