France claimed a crushing 29-13 victory over New Zealand to get their World Cup off to a winning start at the Stade de France.
France are hosting this year’s World Cup and got their tournament off to an electric start with a conquering victory over New Zealand.
The All Blacks are renowned as one of the best teams in the world and are one of the favourites to win the World Cup while their famous Haka is performed before every match.
But the French fans inside the stadium denounced the traditional war dance by booing, though the dissenters were quickly shut up.
Just 93 seconds after kick-off, New Zealand took the lead through Mark Telea as the French defence were left scrambling.
Rieko Ioane made the initial break before the ball made it way to Beauden Barrett, who for the millionth time in his career, kicked the ball crossfield with laser-like accuracy.
To greedily gobble it up was Telea while the winger had the simple task of putting the ball down to give the All Blacks an early lead.
But the kicking from Thomas Ramos proved crucial as he helped Les Bleus rope themselves back after a half that failed to live up to its early promise.
That all changed after the break with both sides going for the victory and the usually noisy French fans were carefully watching on.
However, that might have all changed when Will Jordan was sent to the sin bin as France took advantage of their numerical advantage with two more penalties from Ramos.
A late try from Melvyn Jaminet killed the game off as La Marseillaise rang around the ground.
And it was nothing short of what the French deserved after a brilliant performance, underlining their hopes to go all the way and win the World Cup.
While Uruguay, Italy and Namibia might pose little threat, finishing second could end up leading the runners-up down a treacherous path to the final.
And as hosts and one of the favourites, France have high hopes of going on to win their first-ever World Cup.