Kiwis thump Samoa

It was a historic night but not one Samoa will remember fondly as New Zealand beat up their Pacific neighbours 50-6 in their first meeting on Saturday.

skysport.co.nz, Saturday, 16 October 2010 9:43 p.m.

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It was a historic night but not one Samoa will remember fondly as New Zealand beat up their Pacific neighbours 50-6 in their first meeting on Saturday.

The Kiwis warmed up for their opening Four Nations match against England next week by running in ten tries in a match that was one sided from the get go.

Roosters star centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall had a brace inside 20 minutes for the best possible Test rebirth after a three-year exile.

Captain Benji Marshall beautifully orchestrated the razzle-dazzle display before he was subbed at the 60-minute mark in Auckland.

Nathan Fien gave the skipper space and looked sharp coming off the bench at halfback. While in the forward pack, Greg Eastwood was the pick of the props and Warriors captain Simon Mannering the best of the back-rowers.

The Kiwis led 16-0 at half time through four unconverted tries. They ran in a further six against the weak Samoan side after the break.

Marshall's skip ball set Jason Nightingale away down the flank and the winger's inside ball gave Kenny-Dowall his first. Issac Luke missed from the sideline.

KD had a brace five minutes later after a pinpoint Marshall dab found former Warrior Francis Meli wanting on the turn. Luke missed again.

Nightingale had no right to score when KD offloaded. That did not stop him palming off centre Frank Winterstein for the Kiwis third try after 35 minutes. This time Marshall could not convert but his side led 12-0.

Samoan back-rower Harrison Hanson had no show of grasping Benji as he coasted past to cross for his own four-pointer, but that did not help the Kiwis' kicking woes – the captain unable to add to the 16-0 half time advantage.

Fien made a play for the No.7 jersey when he doubled around with Mannering to score 10 minutes after the break. Marshall knocked over his first kick for a 22-zip lead.

KD was in the action again. The imposing centre cut back on the angle and offloaded to Thomas Leuluai, who crashed over. Benji failed for the third time.

Manu Vatuvei aka 'The Beast' streamrolled his opposite to after a slick backline run-around for the Kiwis seventh try. Marshall found his range and then left the field on 60 minutes, replaced by Luke.

Mannering had a hand in Vatuvei's first; he then set up fullback Lance Hohaia and produced a superb pick-up dive-pass in the one motion to put The Beast in for a double.

Frank Pritchard got in on the act with a seething run on the angle to touch down under the sticks, which Luke converted for the half century.

Halfback Pita Godinet grabbed a late consolation for the visitors.

Scorers were:

Kiwis 50

Tries: Kenny-Dowall 2, Nightingale, Marshall, Fien, Leuluai, Vatuvei 2, Hohaia, Pritchard

Con: Marshall 2, Luke 2

Samoa 6

Tries: Godinet

Con: Godinet
HT: 16-0