Sun 27th Oct 2013, 18:00 - Group B

New Zealand

New Zealand

42 (26)

VS.

Samoa

(4) 24

Samoa

J Hoffman, S Mannering x2, R Tuivasa-Sheck, M Vatuvei x3, I Luke

T

B Roberts , J Leilua, P Manumalealii, S Matagi , A Winterstein

S Johnson x5

G

A Milford x2

  DG  

Attendance: 14,965  Official:  Venue: Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington

Ref: R. Silverwood   T Judge: T. Roby    T Judge: J. Cobb   Video Ref: T. Alibert   

Man of the Match: Dean Whare

TRIES:
8
5
TRIES:
GOALS:
5
2
GOALS:
METRES:
1331
1033
METRES:
CARRIES:
160
164
CARRIES:
TACKLES:
288
259
TACKLES:
OFFLOADS:
9
7
OFFLOADS:
PENALTIES:
5
7
PENALTIES:
BREAKS:
10
3
BREAKS:

Match Report

Commentary

New Zealand came through a pulsating encounter against Samoa to open their defence of the Rugby League World Cup with an impressive victory.

The Kiwis had to withstand a late barrage from Samoa to make the perfect start to their campaign as 14,000 dazzled spectators looked on at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington.

In a ferocious start to the game both sides attacked each other with the pace and power that was to be expected from teams of such strength.

It was New Zealand who drew first blood with Josh Hoffman finishing off a classy breakaway move and sprinting between the Samoan backs to open the scoring after 10 minutes for Shaun Johnson to convert.

Just two minutes later the Kiwis added a second, showing surgical precision to find Roger Tuivasa-Sheck on the right hand side who powered his way towards the line and had the presence of mind to find Simon Mannering inside who made no mistake touching the ball down. Once again Johnson’s kick found the mark.

New Zealand added a third with just 18 minutes on the clock. More fluent passing from the Kiwi’s found Tuivasa-Sheck on the far right and his spectacular dive made it to the line despite strong tackles flying in around him. This time the conversion fell just short of the post, but the holders held a deserved 16-0 advantage.

In a relentless pursuit to show their dominance the Kiwis continued to flood forward and again earned their reward. This time clever interchanging passing on the left switched play infield and skipper Mannering burst through the Samoan ranks to claim his second try of the match. Johnson found his range to convert and leave his team firmly in control.

With the half-time hooter approaching, Samoa capitalised on a collective lapse in concentration to hit back with a try by Ben Roberts. Anthony Milford dragged his conversion wide to leave the scores at 22-4 at the end of the half.

If New Zealand looked sluggish at the end of the first, they came out into the second half flying. Great passing swept from the right hand side to the left and Kieran Foran’s excellent kick was met by Manu Vatuvei who scored in the corner.

New Zealand were now rampant with black and white jerseys queuing up to score, led by  Issac Luke who bundled his way across past the clutches of three Samoan tacklers. Johnson converted.

Four minutes later systematic passing across the line found Vatuvei in the left corner and the winger notched his second try of the game.

Whilst the score line looked ominous, Samoa continued to play with renewed desire. Good pressure from the forwards gave them an opportunity to break through and Joseph Leilua barged his way through three tackles to send the crowd into raptures. Milford’s missed conversion did little to dishearten the islanders.

The leaders looked stunned and careless play on their own line gave Penani Manumeasili the chance to pounce which he did to give Samoa a small measure of hope. Milford’s third missed conversion meant that the deficit was still 24 points.

Samoa continued to pile pressure on the Kiwis’ defence and it paid off, with Mannering losing possession under the posts to allow Frank Winterstein to grab a try converted by Milford to leave the scores at 36-24.

Continuous pressure by Samoa kept Kiwi nerves jangling but, having weathered the storm, the world champions broke clear once again to finally put the game to bed with a hat-trick try by Vatuvei. Johnson’s fifth goal completed the scoring.

New Zealand have put themselves in a good position now as they look to make the knockout stages: their next match comes against France at the Parc des Sports, Avignon (8.00pm) on Friday night.

Samoa will look for victory in their clash with Papua New Guinea at Craven Park, Hull on Monday November 4 (8.00pm).

NZ Player Stats

SAM Player Stats

Manu Vatuvei 3 0 6 0 0 4 0 14 109 8 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Simon Mannering 2 0 35 5 1 2 0 8 72 9 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Josh Hoffman 1 2 3 0 1 1 0 10 101 10 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 1 1 3 0 1 4 0 11 88 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Issac Luke 1 0 32 4 4 5 0 11 100 9 0 8 1 0 0 0 1 0
Dean Whare 0 2 11 0 0 4 0 11 125 11 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Bryson Goodwin 0 1 17 4 6 1 0 7 33 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Kieran Foran 0 1 16 1 2 2 1 8 41 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Shaun Johnson 0 1 11 0 1 0 3 9 23 3 0 0 1 0 5 3 0 1
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 0 0 18 3 2 2 0 18 162 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
Sam Moa 0 0 23 2 2 0 0 5 37 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Frank Pritchard 0 0 21 3 0 1 0 9 72 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sonny Bill Williams 0 0 27 5 2 5 0 15 126 8 1 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
Elijah Taylor 0 0 16 4 0 0 0 1 12 12 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Jesse Bromwich 0 0 19 4 0 1 0 10 106 11 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
Sam Kasiano 0 0 17 5 0 1 0 3 32 11 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Frank-Paul Nuuausala 0 0 13 3 0 4 0 10 92 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1

T: Tries
TA: Try assists
TK: Tackles
MT: Marker tackles
MI: Missed tackles
TB: Tackle busts

AT: Attacking kicks
C: Carries
M: Metres
AG: Av gain
CB: Clean break
DR: Run from dummy half

E: Errors
FT: Forty twenty
G: Goals
MG: Missed goals
OF: Offload
P: Penalties

NZ

SAM

  • (FB) J. Hoffman
  • (W) R. Tuivasa-Sheck
  • (C) D. Whare
  • (C) B. Goodwin
  • (W) M. Vatuveix3
  • (SO) K. Foran
  • (SH) S. Johnsonx5
  • (P) J. Waerea-Hargreaves
  • (H) I. Luke
  • (P) J. Bromwich
  • (SR) F. Pritchard
  • (SR) S. Williams
  • (U) S. Manneringx2
  • (U) E. Taylor
  • (U) S. Moa
  • (U) S. Kasiano
  • (U) F. Nu'uausala

Key Performances

Dean Whare

Clean Breaks: 3

Manu Vatuvei

Tries: 3

Issac Luke

Tackles: 32

Simon Mannering

Tackles: 35

Ben Roberts

Forty Twenty: 1

David Fa'alogo

Tackles: 36

Pita Godinet

Tackles: 37

Sauaso Sue

Tackles: 36