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World reaction to All Blacks' win

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The Rugby Paper (UK):
"[Aaron] Smith was the catalyst for the majority of the All Blacks incisive attacks with his quick thinking, sleek handling and swift movements. He eventually found it too easy unlocking the French defence while [Morgan] Parra almost gifted his rivals a try and was more cold than hot on his return to the international scene. He nailed a long range kick but slumped off when his side were overrun."

Midi Olympique:
"This is the big uncertainty in view of the demonstration of New Zealanders in this meeting. Even jostled, the Blacks have outperformed the French team in just 30 minutes. While most observers said that France could defeat New Zealand in the first Test-match, the question arises whether France will be able to recover after this slap.

"If they want to create the feat, the Blues will have to show more aggression, but also be able to hold on 80 minutes. Failed in conquest and particularly in touch, the Tricolores will undoubtedly solve all these small defects to be able to defeat the best team in the world. The men of Jacques Brunel will have to come out the perfect match to win against the Blacks in Wellington at the next meeting."



L'Equipe:
"The yellow card that was inflicted on the Blues (51) sealed the score impressive territorial dominance New Zealand (74 percent). 30-11 after ten minutes of superiority, so then 45-11 five minutes from the end of a one-way match to finish at 52-11 ... Eight tries to one, the addition is heavy. She is close to the one presented (62-13) in the quarter-finals of the 2015 World Cup, nine tries to one. 

"In any case, it highlights the difference in level that exists in early June between a French rugby Top 14 unaccustomed to long sequences and the New Zealand leg of speed, skill and situational intelligence, even in the beginning in season and therefore without running in. The XV of France now has a week to raise the head in Wellington."

The Sunday Times:
After the dust had settled across world rugby last night, we found the World Cup had changed profoundly. Yes, it is still well over a year before it starts but it has been galvanised.

The South Africans and Australia have been deemed to be mighty contenders – they were favoured to reach the knockout stages – but after yesterday, and granted continued improvement, they have helped boost the number of teams who are live contenders for the world title from two to five.

The All Blacks will still be favourites — they always are — and they have recently got into the habit of justifying that status. But there was something about Australia yesterday in their deserved victory over Ireland, who are the champions in Europe, which suggested that the Wallabies are bouncing out of a ruck.