France ended the November window in the best way and with a historic victory in Paris, defeating the All blacks for the first time since 2009, and, in the capital since 1973.
In the previous one it was the most important game of the Atumn Nations Series taking into account that there were two teams with a sensational game and both arrived in good shape. They both did not disappoint and Les blues They took a great victory by 40 to 25 being the second most bulky defeat suffered by the All blacks in its history.
So what were the key moments of the match?
1 – Mauvaka led the way
France started the match with all weapons and its intensity simply could not be stopped by the All Blacks. At the exit of a line, hooker Peato Mauvaka took the ball and after a maul, he scored the first try of the match, which generated an explosion of celebrations at the Stade de France. This action was the starting point for France with its intensity to go in search of victory.
2- Ntamack increased the pressure on the All Blacks
Romain Ntamack’s try 10 minutes after Mauvaka put pressure on the All Blacks, showed where the key to the match lay. In this way Damian Penaud pushed his way into midfield and then Ntamack ran towards the line with a loud Parisian roar from the Stade de France crowd and put Les Bleus 14-6 up.
France’s ability to get over the try line early on put the All Blacks into question from practically minute one, and the minds of New Zealand players immediately snapped back to a week ago in Dublin, when Irish intensity caused them the same. problems.
3- Warning for Ardie Savea
However, Ntamack’s try was not his highlight of the match, which came as New Zealand closed the gap from 24-6 at halftime to 27-25, converting three tries in 12 minutes. The pressure continued from Les Bleus and eventually referee Wayne Barnes admonished New Zealand number 8 Ardie Savea. In this way, France was left with one man too many and with a five-point advantage.
4- Penaud’s key play
New Zealand did not seem much affected by the yellow card and, with the score 30-25, they had a chance to come back. However, a great read from Damian Penaud turned a potentially dangerous attack from New Zealand in favor of the French side, as the wing grabbed David Havili’s pass and dived under the posts to extend the lead from 37 to 25. That play by Penaud was the key to start sealing the victory.
5- The scrum gives the victory to France
The All Blacks had a five-meter scrum on their own line, but had no response when France split their front row. Although the visiting team got the ball out, the French defense forced them to step back over the line to give the Gauls a scrum with which they regained their position and ended the hopes of New Zealand.