We are underway, the ABs kick off, French clear into touch and New Zealand has an early attacking lineout.
ABs with good early ball go wide left through Carter. The ball doesn't emerge from the ruck though and the ref calls a scrum, ABs feed.
Good early scrum from the ABs. Carter slips to Nonu who breaks the line.
Corey Jane gets the ball in the corner. Could be an early ABs try.
Wow, it's close. Corey Jane attacked the right hand corner and was flying through the air as he attempted to touch down. But he may have just clipped touch. Very close.
Great break from Nonu, great early attack from the All Blacks. Now it's a French scrum on their own 5m line.
Good scrum from the French and they earn a penalty.
Two big piles of turf have already been dug up from the scrum, some real concerns about the surface.
France clear downfield and the ABs have ball in hand again. They go left through Dagg but he is hit hard in the tackle and the ball is turned over.
Another penalty against the ABs. This time it's Brodie Rettallick who has infringed.
Morgan Parra has a pop at goal from over 40m and shanks it quite badly. Still no score after 7 minutes.
France showing good early poise taking the ABs on up through the middle.
Another penalty against the ABs. Their third in quick succession. ABs under pressure here.
Parra will have another shot at goal. This kick is a lot easier, straight in front from around 35m.
Parra slots it and France are out to an early lead.
ABs lineout on halfway now and Carter takes it hard to the line.
They progress over the 22m line, advantage called for the ABs.
Nonu tries a kick in behind, no advantage, we are coming back for the penalty. Carter will line up a shot at goal from wide on the left.
Carter slots it straight through the middle and we're all square.
We are currently stuck in scrumtown. ABs feed on halfway. Closeups of the field reveal some real problems. Turf flying up everywhere.
ABs progress over the French 22. Dagg, Carter and Nonu all with nice runs. But it's turned over. Great play from Dusautoir to turn the ball over.
France kick, ABs charge back downfield. They go wide to Jane who chips and chases, then tackles the French fullback in goal. Great play from Jane.
ABs scrum 5m out, great chance.
All Blacks earn a penalty at scrum time and will look to take the three.
Carter kicks his second penalty goal of the night and the ABs are infront.
France drive strong through the middle of the park again. Everytime they get some momentum the crowd get really excited. ABs defence standing strong though.
France pass goes astray and the ball is down. ABs scrum deep in their own half now.
Turf is proving a problem again. We are only halfway through the first half, this is going to get a lot worse.
Penalty advantage against the All Blacks. France play on 10m out now.
No advantage, back we come. Should be another three for France. The scrums have been shambolic. The footing is not helping, but they are killing any flow to this game.