French Barbarians edge out New Zealand A

Lens, France - Replacement David Aucagne landed a penalty in the seventh minute of injury time to give the French Barbarians a 23-21 win over New Zealand A on Tuesday.

Kiwi replacement Rua Tipoki had scored a try with five minutes remaining to give the tourists a one-point lead in the first match of their European tour but Aucagne's kick gave the Ba-Bas a hard-fought win.

The New Zealanders raced to a 14-3 lead with tries from centres Scott McLeod and Caleb Ralph, both converted, but the Barbarians hit back just before the break when wing Filipo Toala collected a clever chip ahead from flyhalf Diego Dominguez, who converted to reduce the deficit to four points.

Second-rower Sergei Sergueev scored a pushover try, converted by Dominguez, to put the Barbarians in front and Dominguez then landed a penalty to make it 20-14.

Tipoki's late try, converted by Blair, put the tourists a point ahead but the Barbarians grabbed the win in a thrilling finish.

The New Zealand A team included six players who have represented the All Blacks, but none of the current squad.

The first-string New Zealand side face France in the first of two Test matches at the Stade de France on Saturday night. - Reuters


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