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.