Great body angle and strength pushed Nonu into touch on a 1v1 situation. Lineout time again.
French box kick gets charged down and the ball bounces out.
Lineout not straight. ABs earn scrum in very dangerous area.
I predict another try here. They look due.
But what do I know? Messam gets penalised and the chance is lost.
Oh Sam, you are soo right.
France finally clear their line. They showed great determination to hold the ABs out then. Could easily have coughed up points there.
34 MINS - ALL BLACKS 10 FRANCE 0
You're not going to believe this but there was just another knock-on.
Abs scrum on halfway. The field looks like a large green slip and slide.
Four minutes to go in the first half. ABs running it through the middle now.
Not for long, Cruden turns them around again with a kick.
Not long to go in first half now, the French are looking to slow things down. I think they will be happy to get into the sheds at just 10 -0 down.
Sure thing Pete, anything for you.
French penalty for the ABs not releasing the ball.
France 5m out now, great chance.
But they cough up a penalty. Great last ditch defence from the All Blacks to bring down and stop a breakaway French maul.
Time is up and the ball is belted out.
HALFTIME: ALL BLACKS 10 FRANCE 0
Keep calm Mark, I've got you. Let me paint you a picture...
The boot has dominated the first half with both teams kicking at every available opportunity. The single try of the game came from two pieces of brilliance from Ma'a Nonu, both great kicks that opened up the French defence. Knock-ons and dropped balls have plagued the first half, but we thought that would be the case with the heavy rain pre match. France are still very much in this, and came extremely close to pulling back a try of their own just before halftime.