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All Blacks beats France 37-17 at Rugby World Cup

Updated: September 24, 2011, 06:18


AUCKLAND, New Zealand(AP) New Zealand executed some payback against its World Cup nemesis by downing France 37-17 to qualify for the quarterfinals on Saturday.

Inspired by captain Richie McCaw in front of a full house at Eden Park, the All Blacks rose to the historic occasion of him becoming the first New Zealander to play 100 tests with a ruthlessly powerful display that made France look assuredly the B side it proclaimed not to be.

Famously victimized twice by France in the World Cup, the All Blacks ran in five tries to two to earn a measure of revenge for shocking defeats in the 1999 semifinals and 2007 quarterfinals.

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