It should be noted that in any sport all that matters is getting
the W on your side. More point than the opposition is what it
It may not have been beautiful, but it was a victory for the
Kiwis who survived a big scare by scoring a late try to defeat
Samoa 14-12 in a Four Nations test at Toll Stadium in
Toa Samoa led up until the last two minutes of the game as Shaun
Kenny-Dowell scored to take the lead and the victory. The
conversion from Shuan Johnson missed, but the try was enough to
give the Kiwis the win. Both teams scored three tries a piece, but
Johnson kicking the conversion of Kieran Foran's close-in try
was the difference between the two teams. Samoa were unable to
convert any of their three tries.
The victory means the Kiwis are guaranteed a place in the Four
Nations final in Wellington in a couple of weeks time, no matter
what the result in the clash against England in Dunedin this coming
Samoa were led by a strong performance by Joey Leilua who scored
a try in teh 43rd minute and proved a handful for the Kiwi defence
and delighted the 16,912 crowd.
Tautau Moga scored in the fifth minute when he lateched on to a
loose Kiwi pass and sprinted 75 metres for a try.
Foran then replied with a try beside the posts before Daniel
Vidot dotted down from a Ben Roberts grubber.
Samoa went to the break 8-6 ahead, although tries to Jesse
Bromwich and Manu Vatuvei were disallowed for the Kiwis in the
It took until the 63rd minute before Jason Nightingale scored in
teh corner for the Kiwis as the home side threw the ball around
looking for gaps in the tough Samoan defence.
There were a few more scares for the Kiwis before Kenny-Dowell
scored from a string of passes and broke the hears of the Samoan
side, who have now had two close losses in the Four Nations. The
Kiwis comprehensively beat Australia last weekend and now look
forward to facing England.
Expect to do some talent spotting in the curtainraiser for the
Kiwis v Toa Samoa Four Nations game at Toll Stadium in Whangarei,
as the NZ 16s face Samoa 16s team.
National 16s coach Jeff Whittaker is over the moon that his side
has the opportunity to be the build-up for such an important Kiwis
game. He's also pleased with the progress his players have made on
an off the field, maturing as players and individuals.
"It's outstanding - such a great opportunity for the boys and a
great initiative for them to be involved in, being a curtainraiser
for the Kiwis is exciting," says Whittaker.
"It's also great for the Samoan boys to be recognised. Our boys
are excited to play.
"There are going to be so many people there, supporting Samoa as
well. It's going to be exciting for our players and they will feel
privileged to be a part of it."
As for individuals in his side, he states that the whole team is
a tight unit and will rely on teamwork, but with every team, there
are still some players who stand out.
"The whole 18 [players] are an exciting bunch of boys, which the
public will hear of in the future.
"Rory Ferguson is going to be the captain. He's from Dunedin and
the first player from that city to play for New Zealand.
"Viliami Tosi and Lewis Soosemea are a couple of others people
should watch out for too."
Is it the most talented 16s team Whittaker has been involved
"In 1996, I was part of a 16s tour of Australia, and the team
had Wairangi Koopu, David Vaealiki and David Fa'alogo, so that was
pretty special. This team has some of the players have spent two to
three years at the league academy in Rotorua. These boys are
physically strong and they are mentally strong too."
Keeping his players thinking about their future is something
Whittaker is especially firm on. He says that not every player will
make the NRL, and it's important they have other attributes to
their character and other life skills aside from just playing
"I'm really impressed with the work that Dean Watkin and Tony
Iro are doing at NZRL." he says. "They have done a great job
educating the players, beyond just playing the game.
"I'm hoping education is a part of their future. It can't be
discounted, as not everyone will make it in league and even then,
it can be a short career at times."
As for the game against Toa Samoa 16s, Whittaker believes his
players must stay focused, but that playing for their country will
overrule nerves and the skills of his young charges will show
"I've been pretty much coaching 16s the last four years and the
world's their oyster.
"They will wear the jersey with a lot of pride. It's a big
honour for me and for the players too. I can't wait to see them
play footy on Saturday.
"It will be a great game."
NZ: 1-Morgan Harper,
2-Steven Marsters, 3-Tarquinn Alatipi,
4-Lewis Soosomea, 5-Etene
Nanai-Seturo, 6-Hayze Perham, 7-Boston
Hakaroa, 8-Kenese Kenese, 9
-Tuteauru Maipi, 10-Viliami Tosi,
11-Dylan Clarke, 12-Jerome Mamea,
13-Rory Ferguson, 14-Donovan Briggs,
15-Enoch Tautolo, 16-Chanel
Harris-Tavita, 17-Wesley Veikoso, 18-Josh
Head coach - Jeff Whittaker
Assistant coach - Peter Rikiriki
Manager - Anita Smith-McKinnon
Head trainer - Greg Davis
Assistant trainer - Junior Mautairi
Medic - Bobby Vercoe
Physio - Skye Renes
Samoa: 1-Caleb Clarke,
2-Janavan Marsh, 3-Junior Malau,
4-Alfred Smalley, 5- Fa'atupu Lisati,
6-Dylan Tavita, 7-Jordan Tagoai,
8-Fuifatu Asomua, 9-Phoenix Hunt,
10-Soane Hufanga, 11-Eka Sanele Tuafafo,
12-Tanielu Tele'a, 13-Javvier Pitovao,
14-Michael Hunkin, 15-Liam Pakau,
16-Thomas Mikaele, 17-Wesley Patu.
Head coach - Graeme Fariu
Assistant coach - Frank Fuimaono
Technical advisor - Tagaloa Rudy Roebeck
Trainer - Ray Telea
Physiotherapist - David Close
Team manager - Shaun Tautali
Campaign manager - Sene Atafu
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