Wednesday 26 July 2017

All Blacks dish out dozen reasons for Lions to be afraid

New Zealand 78 Samoa 0

Vaea Fifita of the All Blacks runs over to score a try. Photo: Hannah Peters/Getty Images
Vaea Fifita of the All Blacks runs over to score a try. Photo: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

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New Zealand sent a daunting message to the Lions ahead of their first Test at Eden Park next Saturday with a devastating 12-try victory over Samoa.

The visitors enjoyed most of the possession and territory in the opening 10 minutes before New Zealand found their groove, with Beauden Barrett scoring 24 points, including two tries.

Ardie Savea of the All Blacks runs away to score a try. Photo: Hannah Peters/Getty Images
Ardie Savea of the All Blacks runs away to score a try. Photo: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

Ardie Savea also scored a brace with further tries from Sonny-Bill Williams, Anton Lienert-Brown, Israel Dagg, Codie Taylor, Julian Savea, Vaea Fifita, TJ Perenara and Sam Cane in a vintage performance by Steve Hansen's side.

Samoa started in blistering fashion with a rolling attack which brought them within five metres of the Kiwi's try line but New Zealand took the lead through Lienert-Brown after collecting Barrett's offload.

Albert Nikoro missed two long-range penalties for a chance to reduce the deficit. Alapati Leiua then breached the host's defence before a knock-on from centre Kieron Fonotia gifted the ball to Ben Smith for a break of his own, and following offloads from Aaron Smith and Williams, Barrett kicked the ball on to dive for a fantastic break-away try to extend their lead to 14-0.

Three minutes later, No 8 Savea strolled under the posts for his third international try before Williams crashed over from close range just before the break to put the Kiwis 28-0 ahead at half-time.

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Dagg touched down shortly afer the break for his 25th international score and Julian Savea added his 46th try as the All Blacks never let up on their demoralised visitors.

Jerome Kaino and Ben Smith of the All Blacks perform the haka. Photo: Hannah Peters/Getty Images
Jerome Kaino and Ben Smith of the All Blacks perform the haka. Photo: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

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