Ioane treble as New Zealand whip France in seven-try spree

Bullish Hansen urges France not to'squeal over decisions

The latest injustice took place at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday night, won 49-14 by the All Blacks to sweep the series in case you were wondering, will once again force howls of outrage from the throats of those who believe the All Blacks earn far favours from the officials.

France stand-in captain Baptiste Serin, who was an early replacement for Morgan Parra, said the All Blacks had been hard to stay with in the second half of the match, but he was pleased with their own development during the series.

McKenzie sliced through from 40m out after halftime and his inside ball provided the first of Ioane's tries to knock the stuffing out of the visitors.

However there was more refereeing controversy as McKenzie dashed through a hole in the defence created when Irish referee John Lacey impeded Serin. Luke Pearce's call to sin bin Paul Gabrillagues in the first Test, then allow Sam Cane and Ofa Tu'ungafasi to escape reprimand for hospitalising Remy Grosso caused headlines around the world, and ignited an often moronic debate about how the All Blacks get special treatment from the refs. Then Lacey got things wrong badly wrong.

Prior to this match monstrous tighthead prop Uini Atonio protested that the French have been at a disadvantage during this tour; Atonio reckoned it was an uneven contest - 16 on 15, as he put it.

Flyer: Rieko Ioane, left, is tackled by France's Benjamin Fall.

Wesley Fofana will combine in midfield with his Clermont teammate Remi Lemerat in the only two changes to the French lineup from the second test. Lock Felix Lambey is in line for a test debut from the bench while Adrien Pelissie takes over as the hooker replacement.

So what about the game? "There is also a mental freshness, the players are really motivated", he said.


With both sides relishing attacking on a firm surface in an enclosed stadium, there were nine tries, seven for the All Blacks - including Ioane's treble and two to Damian McKenzie.

After that it was time to recline in the chair, enjoy a coffee and watch the show as the All Blacks ran amok.

But Brunel admitted that when the All Blacks stepped up a gear in the second half, France had few answers.

The win was a triumph for a young All Blacks side which contained four new caps, flanker Shannon Frizell, lock Jackson Hemopo, centre Jack Goodhue and replacement No.10 Richie Mo'unga.

The All Blacks also had to overcome disruptions because of injuries.

"Scottie's (Barrett) test was probably the best one he's played in the jersey".

Damien McKenzie shrugged off his contentious selection at stand-off to score two tries, including a disputed first-half effort, as New Zealand beat France 49-14 in the third Test for a 3-0 series whitewash.

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