Rugby: New Zealand All Blacks thump France 24-9 to complete series sweep

WELLINGTON (REUTERS) - New Zealand fly-half Daniel Carter kicked 14 points as the All Blacks ground out a flattering 24-9 victory over France in New Plymouth on Saturday to complete a 3-0 series sweep.

The All Blacks, near perfect in their 30-0 win in Christchurch a week ago, lacked the same level of execution against a fired-up France, who were let down in the final 10 minutes when lock Yoann Maestri was sinbinned for an apparent head butt.

Ben Smith and Beauden Barrett added tries for the home side, who won the first match 23-13 in Eden Park, while France scrumhalf Jean-Marc Doussain slotted two penalties and centre Florian Fritz added a dropgoal.

The All Blacks next play Australia in their first test of the southern hemisphere's Rugby Championship in Sydney on Aug 17, while France host New Zealand in Paris on Nov 9.