AUCKLAND (AFP) - The New Zealand All Blacks stretched their Eden Park winning streak to 30 in 19 years on Saturday, when they crunched France 23-13 in the first of their three-Test series.
They scored two tries to one in their first clash against France since they beat them 8-7 in the Rugby World Cup final at the same ground two years ago.
France, the last team to beat the All Blacks at Eden Park in 1994, signalled their intent to repeat that victory when Wesley Fofana scored the opening try after Florian Fritz had waltzed past Ma'a Nonu.
But in front of a full house of 46,000, the All Blacks came back with two tries in five minutes late in the half to turn with a 17-10 lead The second half saw just two All Blacks penalties and one to France, with both sides committing basic errors.
In a game that never reached great heights, multiple mistakes led to frequent turnovers and tries went begging at both ends of the field in the second spell.