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All Blacks hang on to beat feisty French

Radio New Zealand logo Radio New Zealand 14/11/2017

France's flanker Wenceslas Lauret (R) jumps and catches the ball against New Zealand's N°8 Ardie Savea (L) during the international rugby union test match between France and the New Zealand All Blacks at Groupama Stadium in Decines-Charpieu, near Lyon. © PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images France's flanker Wenceslas Lauret (R) jumps and catches the ball against New Zealand's N°8 Ardie Savea (L) during the international rugby union test match between France and the New Zealand All Blacks at Groupama Stadium in Decines-Charpieu, near Lyon. The All Blacks have beaten a French XV 28-23 in a scrappy but tense encounter in Lyon.

Both teams scored two first half tries with the All Blacks trailing 15-14 at the break.

The All Blacks scored first through flanker Liam Squire, before the hosts hit back with wing Gabriel Lacroix dotting down.

The tourists responded with a five pointer to wing Matt Duffie before Lacroix bagged his brace for the French near half-time.

In the second stanza the All Blacks scored two converted tries in less than ten minutes - one to lock Patrick Tuipolotu and one to fullback David Havili - to take a 28-15 lead, before the French kicked a penalty and scored a 67th minute try to Henry Chavancy to cut the visitors advantage to 28-23.

The All Blacks midfielder Jack Goodhue was sinbinned for obstruction late in the match but the visitors held on to win and record their third straight win of their European tour.

First-five Lima Sopoaga was perfect with the boot for the All Blacks, kicking all four conversions for a 100 percent success rate.

The All Blacks now travel to Scotland to prepare for this weekend's test at Murrayfield.

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