Result: New Zealand hold firm to beat France

New Zealand defeat France 26-19 in their Autumn International at the Stade de France.

New Zealand have triumphed 26-19 over France in their Autumn International at the Stade de France.

The first half was a battle between Morgan Parra and Dan Carter, who both kicked three penalties to see the score locked at 9-9 by half time.

However, the All Blacks took the lead through Charles Piutau six minutes after the restart, with Carter converting the kick.

Another try from Kieran Read seemed to settle the game in the 66th minute, but Brice Dulin responded three minutes later to keep pace with the world champions.

Morgan Parra matched Carter by adding the extras, but the home side were unable to claw back the deficit before the 80 minutes were up.

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