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NZ inflict record rout on Samoa

All Blacks full-back Mils Muliaina scores one of his three tries against Samoa
Mils Muliaina collected a hat-trick of tries for the All Blacks

New Zealand warmed up for their Tri-Nations title decider against Australia on 13 September by inflicting a record ever Test defeat on Samoa.

The All Blacks racked up 15 tries in a 101-14 victory in New Plymouth, surpassing their own previous record win against Samoa of 71-13 in 1999.

It also beat Australia's 74-7, 2005 win over Samoa, their previous worst loss.

Mils Muliaina grabbed a hat-trick of tries for New Zealand, with Conrad Smith and Richard Kahui two apiece.

Adam Thomson, Jimmy Cowan, Stephen Donald, Ali Williams, Jerome Kaino, Isaia Toeava and Piri Weepu also crossed the line, with the Samoans also conceding a penalty try.

Dan Carter landed six conversions, his replacement Stephen Donald seven.

Fly-half Uale Mai and flanker Alafoti Faosiliva collected a try apiece for a largely second-string Samoan side, playing only their fifth ever Test against the All Blacks.

It was little more than a training exercise for the hosts, who face the Wallabies in Brisbane a week on Saturday in a winner-takes-all match that will decide this year's Tri-Nations.




see also
South Africa 53-8 Australia
31 Aug 08 |  Rugby Union
South Africa 15-27 Australia
23 Aug 08 |  Rugby Union
South Africa 0-19 New Zealand
16 Aug 08 |  Rugby Union
Springboks thump sorry Argentina
09 Aug 08 |  Rugby Union
New Zealand 39-10 Australia
02 Aug 08 |  Rugby Union
Australia 34-19 New Zealand
26 Jul 08 |  Rugby Union
Australia 16-9 South Africa
19 Jul 08 |  Rugby Union
New Zealand 28-30 South Africa
12 Jul 08 |  Rugby Union
New Zealand 19-8 South Africa
05 Jul 08 |  Rugby Union


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