All Blacks v France in first Test at Eden Park, live blog, video, highlights

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THE French are making life difficult for the All Blacks in their first Test of the year at Eden Park, Auckland.

French winger Remy Grosso scored the first points of the match with an intercept try in the seventh minute.

All Blacks playmaker Beauden Barrett got the home side on the board win a penalty five minutes later.

French halfback Morgan Parra restored the five-point lead with a penalty from 42m out.

Brilliance from the Barrett brothers saw playmaker Beauden score after lock Scott put fullback Jordie away with a lovely offload midway through the first half to lock the score up at 8-8.

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But Parra’s second penalty — from past halfway — saw the French re-take the lead.

The first half ended as captain Sam Whitelock was held up over the line by some excellent French defence, which saw France take an 11-8 lead at the main break.

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All Blacks (15-1): Jordie Barrett, Ben Smith, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ryan Crotty, Rieko Ioane, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith; Luke Whitelock, Sam Cane, Liam Squire, Scott Barrett, Sam Whitelock (c), Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody.

Reserves: Nathan Harris, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Ofa Tuungafasi, Vaea Fifita, Ardie Savea, T.J. Perenara, Damian McKenzie, Ngani Laumape.

France (15-1): Maxime Medard, Teddy Thomas, Mathieu Bastareaud (captain), Geoffrey Doumayrou, Remy Grosso, Anthony Belleau, Morgan Parra; Kevin Gourdon, Fabien Sanconnie, Judicael Cancoriet, Yoann Maestri, Paul Gabrillagues, Uini Atonio, Camille Chat, Dany Priso.

Reserves: Adrien Pelissie, Cyril Baille, Rabah Slimani, Bernard Le Roux, Alexandre Lapandry, Baptiste Serin, Jules Plisson, Gael Fickou.

Referee: Luke Pearce (England)

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