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Kick-off local time : Tue, 11 June 2013 - 19h05
Kick-off : Tue, 11 June 2013 - 09h05
Venue : North Harbour Stadium, Albany
Referee : Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Match status : Result
  Blues France
Tries James Parsons (58min) and George Moala (64min) Gael Fickou (46min), Noa Nakaitaci (50min), Noa Nakaitaci (52min), and Benjamin Kayser (68min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards
Red cards
Minute Commentary


That is the FULL-TIME whistle in Albany and the French have come away with a comfortable 38-15 win over the Blues. Join us as we head to Hunter Stadium in Newcastle as the Combined Country XV host the British and Irish Lions.


Blues penalty in their 22 and they try and run it out but there is a forward pass from Moala. Scrum to the French on the Blues 10-metre line.


Some good support play from the French as they push for another try. Penalty inside the Blues 22 and Michalak goes quickly.


Mermoz goes over for a well deserved try but the referee is asking the TMO to have a look at potential obstruction. Kayser is ruled to have obstructed the play and the McKenzie clears to just short of his 10-metre line.


Penalty to France after they really put the Blues scrum under the pump. The kick is out on the Blues 22 metre line.


The Blues knock it on in midfield. Just lacking some accuracy as the substitutes steam onto the pitch. Scrum to the French in centre field.


Obstruction from the French in midfield from Vahaamahina. McKenzie kick is kept in play and the French clear.


The French have gone off the boil in the last 15 minutes but they set up a great driving maul and the TRY is scored by Benjamin Kayser. The CONVERSION is over from Doussain. France lead 38-15


The Blues bash away and eventually a great inside ball from Willison sees Moala race under the poles for the TRY. McKenzie adds the CONVERSION and the Blues now trail 31-15.


The Blues are deep inside the French 22 once again and are attacking seven metres out from the French line.


The French are retaining the ball well but Michalak stabs it into the Blues 22 and asks them to attack from there. The Blues kick back but as the French take it in they give away the penalty for going off their feet at the ruck.


The Blues tap and go quickly and look to muscle it over from close range. Good defence from the French and Peyper decides to go upstairs to the TMO for assistance. TMO rules that the TRY stands and James Parsons is credited with the score. Marty McKenzie misses the conversion and it's 31-8.


The Blues finally get some favourable field position and push hard for their first try of the game and they are awarded a penalty five metres from the French line.


Another Blues mistake leads to a turnover and the French surge forward. The ball gets shifted to Nakaitaci again who goes for the line. The TMO is called in to make the decision and it is a TRY to Nakaitaci. Doussain pulls the conversion wide and the French lead 31-3


Another lost line-out from the Blues leads to another French TRY. They turn it over and then good hands wide after they knock it up with Andreu. The ball goes wide and Nakaitaci goes over in the right-hand corner. Doussain knocks another CONVERSION and the French open the lead up to 26-3.


The Blues create a bit of momentum but they are running straight into defenders and the French turn it over and Medard kicks an absolute beauty that goes out five metres from the Blues line.


The French take the line-out off the Blues and they shift it out wide. Fickou gets it and steps Noakes and then takes two defenders with him as he goes over for the TRY. Doussian knocks the CONVERSION over and the France lead 19-3


Some great hands from Nyanga after a great break from Medard. The French run out of space on the left and it is a Blues line-out eight metres from their own line.


The throw is not straight from the French and the Blues have the feed to the scrum.


The ball is spilled in midfield and the Blues go offside so France set up an attacking line-out.


The Blues send it wide in their own 22 and the chip ahead from Moala is regathered. They shift it to the right and the forwards go over halfway.


One last chance for the French to attack in the half. The French get the ball off the park for the HALF-TIME break.


A great burst from the French after some slick hands from Claassen. Apparent forward pass is allowed to play on. The Blues flood the one breakdown and win a penalty. Noakes clears to his 10-metre line.


22-metre restart by the Blues as Tales goes for a drop-goal. The Blues have no advantage and they have the put in to the scrum just short of their own 10-metre line.


Penalty to the Blues just out from their own line. One of the French players puts a stray hand into the ruck and spoils the ball for Gibson-Park. The kick is knocked out just outside their own 22.


A pretty threatening attack from the French as they shift the ball from touchline to touchline. It ends with Claassen being bundled into touch 11 metres from the Blues line.


Fekitoa makes a good tackle on Nakaitaci who doesn't release the ball before he plays it again. Penalty to the Blues and they kick it to about 22 metres out.


Saili makes a high tackle and Doussain has another crack at goal but it drifts wide this time.


Another PENALTY to France as Le Roux gets his hands all over the ball. Doussain, from about 42 metres out knocks it over and the French lead 12-3


Another PENALTY to the French as Parsons pushing outside the 15-metre line at the line-out and is adjudged as offside. Doussain knocks it over and France lead 9-3.


Another penalty to the French as the Blues don't release the player on the ground. The ball is kicked out five metres from the Blues 22.


A few more kicks exchanged and then finally Andreu gets the ball off the park on halfway.


French have a line-out on the Blues 10-metre line. A lot of turnovers in the game so far as the Blues get the ball back and Kerr kicks it high. Medard takes it and the French attack again.


A Blues penalty as the French put their hands in the ruck. The kick from Kerr is great and it goes out 10 metres from the French line. The French steal the line-out and the ball is cleared to their own 10-metre line.


Another French PENALTY as the Blues go offside in the midfield. Doussain knocks it over and the French lead 6-3.


The Blues tried their hand and good on them but the French manage to clear their lines after a turn over. Line-out on the French 10-metre line.


A free-kick to the Blues as the French go early at the scrum. Gibson-Park goes to the short-side but Moala is taken into touch. Line-out to the French just inside their 22. Penalty to the Blues off the line-out and they kick to the corner.


The French find a little bit of space outside the Blues defence and Fickou hits it up. Moala plays the ball illegally at the breakdown and it's a French PENALTY. Doussain knocks it over and it's 3-3.


No advantage for the Blues and they have the early PENALTY. Looks like Kerr will step up to have a shot at goal from seven metres in from touch and 28 metres out. The kick is good and the BLues lead 3-0.


The Blues get the game underway in Albany. Kerr kicks deep and the French get the ball out about 30 metres from the French line.


These midweek games are always an opportunity for the home sides to cause an upset. With a significant break for these local players they will throw everything they can at the French tonight. Looks like good conditions in Albany.


France will be smarting from their loss over the weekend and will look to put into place some plans that might help them out over the weekend in the second Test against the All Blacks.


The old tour is back in full force. The French take on the Blues in Albany today in what should be a pretty physical encounter. The French never stand down for any New Zealander and the Blues are going to want to cause an upset over an understrength French side.
15 Lolagi Visinia
14 Ben Lam
13 Hamish Northcott
12 George Moala
11 Melani Nanai Vai
10 Ihaia West
9 Jamison Gibson-Park
8 Joe Edwards
7 Brendon O'Connor
6 Chris Vui
5 Josh Bekhuis
4 Hayden Triggs
3 Angus Ta'avao
2 Keven Mealamu
1 Sam Prattley

23 Matt Vaega
22 Matt McGahan
21 Jimmy Cowan
20 Jack Ram
19 Will Lloyd
18 Sione Mafileo
17 Nic Mayhew
16 James Parsons
15 Scott Spedding
14 Yoann Huget
13 Gael Fickou
12 Maxime Mermoz
11 Noa Nakaitaci
10 Jules Plisson
9 Sebastien Tillous-Borde
8 Loann Goujon
7 Bernard le Roux
6 Thierry Dusautoir
5 Yoann Maestri
4 Alexandre Flanquart
3 Nicolas Mas
2 Guilhem Guirado
1 Vincent Debaty

23 Mathieu Bastareaud
22 Remi Tales
21 Rory Kockott
20 Damien Chouly
19 Romain Taofifenua
18 Uini Atonio
17 Rabah Slimani
16 Benjamin Kayser