New Zealand beat France 49-14 to complete series whitewash

Last Updated June 23 2018, 10:15Rugby Union
Rieko Loane races in for a try
Rieko Loane races in for a try

Rieko Ioane scored a 10-minute hat-trick as New Zealand continued their dominance over France with a 49-14 victory in Dunedin which sealed a 3-0 series whitewash.

Damian McKenzie also registered two tries and kicked all seven conversions under the roof of the Forsyth Barr Stadium to extend the hosts' winning run over the French to 14 matches.

France, despite losing skipper Morgan Parra to injury early on, were holding their own with the score at 14-14 after 28 minutes.

But McKenzie completed his double either side of half-time and Ioane then took centre stage to put New Zealand in control.

There was controversy surrounding McKenzie's first try as he took advantage of referee John Lacey obstructing a France defender to race through from a scrum.

The video referee saw no issue with Lacey's positioning, handing New Zealand a 21-14 half-time lead, and McKenzie found another gap to score soon after the interval.

McKenzie capped an impressive performance by producing a sublime inside pass to set up Ioane for the first of his three tries in the 53rd minute.

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