The Write Profile wrote:As first internationals of the season go, that was a pretty good performance by the All Blacks, although the 52-11 scoreline flattered them somewhat. Indeed, it might have been a different game if the referee didn't fall for Ryan Crotty's blatant playacting which saw a French player yellow-carded, likewise, Sam Cane should have been sinbinned for a clear high tackle not long afterwards. Taking those into account, there was still much to admire in the ABs play in the second half, which was expansive and at times inventive, and their setpieces, particularly their lineouts and scrums, were mostly impressive. Reiko Iaone and Damien Mackenzie were particularly explosive, while Cody Taylor played less like a prop than a midfielder and Ben Smith and Ryan Crotty overcame their first half scratchiness to command the backline in the second half. It's hard to get an idea as to how good this ABs side is, as this is clearly a second-string French side, but there was enough in the second half performance to suggest early signs were encouraging. The only worry is the fact that Beauden Barrett's place kicking was off again. It didn't matter for this match because they scored so many tries, but if it continues like this then it could cost them in closer matches.
Meanwhile, Australia's defensive performance against Ireland should be commended. There was enough there to suggest that they could be more competitive this season, which is good.
The SA England game sounded like a humdinger for the neutral, 42-39, perhaps their respective defenses could usefully spend time watching the Australia Ireland game