3 Nov 2013

Better defence in Cup win over France

1:05 pm on 3 November 2013

The New Zealand Rugby league captain Simon Mannering was delighted with his team's defence in Saturday morning's 48-0 World Cup victory over France.

The Kiwis ran in eight tries in Avignon, with Shaun Johnson and Frank-Paul Nu'uausala scoring two each.

The other tries went to Greg Eastwood, Bryson Goodwin, Krisnan Inu and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

Coach Steve Kearney says he was pleased with the improvement in his side's defence.

Mannering says compared to the previous match against Samoa the Kiwis' tackling was better.

New Zealand beat Samoa in their opening match and meet Papua New Guinea in their final pool game next Saturday.