Some scintillating football got the NZ side over the line, after there were some concerns with their play at the end of the first-half.

After taking a slender 16-0 lead at half-time, and putting in a scrappy performance, the NZ side turned on the afterburners and let the razzle-dazzle football begin, blowing the Samoans off the park in the second-half.

It was the NZ back-line that excelled in the second-half with all but 1 of the teams tries coming from their backs.

As the match wore on, the Samoans tired and it took its toll with the NZ side scoring 6 tries in the last 30 minutes of the game to win the game comfortably.

Centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall finished the game with a double, while Benji Marshall, Thomas Leuluai, Nathan Fien, Frank Pritchard, Jason Nightingale and Lance Hohaia all getting on the scoresheet.

Whilst the match was only a warm-up, the NZ side wanted to perform well to show the rest of the teams in the Four Nations that they won’t be pushovers.

The much heralded halves combination of Marshall and Leuluai had stellar games, and will no doubt be looking to continue their good form come the Four Nations.

The goal-kicking however may need some work after 5 of the first 6 kicks were missed by Benji Marshall and Isaac Luke.

By ricky

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