4 Sep 2008

All Blacks get what they want from Samoa test

6:42 am on 4 September 2008

The All Blacks assistant coach Steve Hansen says they got what they wanted out of last night's 101-14 thrashing of Samoa in their one-off test in New Plymouth.

The match was organised to give the New Zealanders game time during a break in the Tri-Nations.

The All Blacks ran in 15 tries to chalk up their fifth century in test match rugby and hand the proud South Pacific Island nation their heaviest ever defeat.

New Zealand fullback Mils Muliaina scored three tries before he was taken off at halftime while Conrad Smith and Richard Kahui crossed twice each.

Adam Thomson, Jimmy Cowan, Stephen Donald, Ali Williams, Jerome Kaino, Isaia Toeava and Piri Weepu also scored tries. The referee awarded a penalty try and Dan Carter and Donald combined to kick 13 conversions.

Hansen says the players got a good workout, and there were no injuries and so it is a big help for their next match against Australia next week.

The Samoans were forced to field a depleted team because most of their top players were playing for British clubs but they managed two consolation tries through Uale Mai and Alafoti Faosiliva.

The Samoan captain Filipo Levi says it's a big step up from playing club rugby in Samoa but in saying that it was a learning curve and a good experience for the boys.