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New Zealand leads France 5-0 at halftime in Rugby World Cup final

AUCKLAND, New Zealand - 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 only five meters out and palmed off one defender before diving over in the 15th minute. It was the first try in a World Cup final since 2003.

All Blacks scrumhalf Piri Weepu missed the conversion and two penalty attempts. Replacement flyhalf Francois Trinh-Duc missed a dropped goal for France.

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 right knee as he was tackled 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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