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New Zealand leads World Cup final 5-0 at halftime

Updated: October 23, 2011, 04:52


AUCKLAND, New Zealand(AP) New Zealand has a 5-0 lead over France at halftime in Sunday's Rugby World Cup final.

Loosehead prop Tony Woodcock strolled into a big gap in the France lineout from a set move and palmed off one defender to give the All Blacks a 5-0 lead in the 15th minute. It was the first try in a World Cup final since 2003.

Both starting flyhalves left the field injured in the first half - France's Morgan Parra had a heavy head knock trying to tackle Ma'a Nonu and New Zealand's Aaron Cruden awkwardly twisted his knee about seven minutes before the break.

In a confrontational start, the French players challenged New Zealand's haka before kick off, linking arms and advancing to the halfway line in a break with convention.

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