At halftime at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington, the All Blacks lead France 21-6.
Three tries from Joe Moody, Ben Smith and Jordie Barrett have given the All Blacks a commanding lead at the break but just like the first Test in Auckland last weekend, this game has been heavily influenced by a red card.
With just 12 minutes on the clock, Beauden Barrett fielded a high ball but France full-back Benjamin Fall made contact with the out-half while he was in the air.
This led to a nasty fall where Barrett’s head clearly comes into contact with the ground. Referee Angus Gardner believed that Fall was not in a position to compete for the ball and due to the fact that Barrett landed on his head, the Australian referee had no choice but to issue the Frenchman his marching orders.
Barrett subsequently failed his HIA and was replaced by Damian McKenzie.
Here is the incident:
Benjamin Fall has been shown a red card for this challenge on Beauden Barrett. Can France fight back? Watch on Sky Sports Action and Main Event or follow our live blog: https://t.co/kqaMBcYeo3 https://t.co/OVBu5d9Ygh
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France were excellent in the opening 10 minutes where they made many linebreaks and it looks to be a case of ‘what if’ for the French as they stare down the barrel of another defeat to their southern hemisphere opponents.