Issac Luke has starred as New Zealand Kiwis claimed their second Rugby League World Cup victory, defeating France 48-0 at Perc Des Sports in Avignon. It wasn't the most clinical performance by the Kiwis, however in they end did it comfortably.
While the score board didn't reflect the effort, France did trouble the Kiwis during the match but they failed to execute.
Krisnan Inu opened the scoring as he dived in off a cross field kick from Kieran Foran. After 5 minutes, the Kiwis jumped to a 6-0 lead.
South Sydney's, Bryson Goodwin in similar fashion to Inu, scored his try off a cross field kick, this time from Warriors' Shaun Johnson. Mid-way through the first half, New Zealand led 12-0.
Shortly before the half time break, Frank Paul Nuuausala has charged under the posts to bring up the Kiwis' third try of the match. He hit and spin over off a short acting half pass from Issac Luke. New Zealand extended the lead over the French, 18-0 as the teams went into the sheds after 40 minutes.
Issac Luke had an incredible second half which saw him set up two tries in five minutes. Shaun Johnson claimed a quick double thanks to the work of Luke from half dummy. The Kiwis extended their lead to 30-0 after almost 60 minutes.
Bulldogs enforcer, Greg Eastwood used his strength to bust through four French defenders on the goal line to post the Kiwis' sixth try of the match. New Zealand out to 36-0 after 66 minutes.
The Kiwis closed out the match with a further two tries as Frank Paul Nuuausala and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck crossed for New Zealand. The Kiwis did enough to beat France, and as a result of the 48-0 New Zealand will feature in the World Cup finals as they lead Group B on 4 competition points.