New Zealand 30-0 France. Christchurch.
Kieran Read’s 50th test cap. The All Black’s 500th international. Kieran Read makes a break half way up the field after a missed French penalty kick bounces off the post into the All Blacks hands. One of the highlights of the game from a truly exceptional player.
All Black’s living legend, Dan Carter, injured but still able to be the water boy for his under study, Aaron Cruden. Crudes has been fantastic and I think the New Zealand public can relax when Hansen hands him the keys to the car.
Ben Smith calls it finishing the work that the others started, but we just call it another Ben Smith try! He is on fire!
Beauden Barrett comes in as a replacement in the 75th minute, with 5 to go, and scores a try. Class.
Sam Cane, the understudy of legend Richie McCaw learns a lot in this game, but has some strong moments, like his charge down of Michalak’s drop goal attempt. People are scrutinizing Cane more than they need to in light of Richie McCaw being the best No. 7 in the world. I think Cane has got exactly what the team needs, along with his own flashes of brilliance that can only increase with more time on the pitch.
Sam Whitelock… best Lock in the world? Possibly, though I still think Brodie Retallick is almost parallel. Perhaps it helps that Sam’s position is in his own name. Maybe he should change it to Greatlock?