In the end France had no answer to the black wave that engulfed them.
The All Blacks 37-17 win was as impressive as it was complete as they unleashed four years of pent up frustration to put their World Cup rivals on notice.
“This is our house,” might have been the sentiment of the hosts after turning their Auckland’s fortress into a playground for backs like Israel Dagg, Cory Jane and Sonny Bill Williams.
They ran in five tries to two to end any debate about which side of the draw they will now follow and fittingly honour captain Richie McCaw’s 100th match.
The CHeese Eating SurrenderÂ Monkey’sÂ were bloody lucky to get the two tries they did. The secondÂ definitelyÂ shouldÂ haveÂ been disallowed. The ref was still gabbing on to the All Blacks and lecturing them on scrum technique.