New Zealand comfortably defeat France

Issac Luke has starred as New Zealand Kiwis claimed their second Rugby League World Cup victory, defeating France 48-0 at Perc Des Sports in Avignon. It wasn't the most clinical performance by the Kiwis, however in they end did it comfortably.

While the score board didn't reflect the effort, France did trouble the Kiwis during the match but they failed to execute.

Krisnan Inu opened the scoring as he dived in off a cross field kick from Kieran Foran. After 5 minutes, the Kiwis jumped to a 6-0 lead.

South Sydney's, Bryson Goodwin in similar fashion to Inu, scored his try off a cross field kick, this time from Warriors' Shaun Johnson. Mid-way through the first half, New Zealand led 12-0.

Shortly before the half time break, Frank Paul Nuuausala has charged under the posts to bring up the Kiwis' third try of the match. He hit and spin over off a short acting half pass from Issac Luke. New Zealand extended the lead over the French, 18-0 as the teams went into the sheds after 40 minutes.