Key moments that tipped the balance in the All Blacks v Samoa match

The majority of the key moments in the All Blacks test against Samoa came in the first half as the world champions got out to a 28-0 lead. From there the result was inevitable.


The match was in just its third minute when television match official Ian Smith decided he had to get involved in the game early.

With Samoa on hot attack and having gone through numerous phases, Smith alerted referee Mathieu Raynal to a potential neck roll on Ardie Savea from one of the Samoan players.

Several replays showed there was little in it but Samoa were penalised with the chance of an early score gone. Interestingly, Samoa were not afforded the opportunity to score first before it was reviewed, although the officials were technically right if potential foul play was detected.


Rookie All Blacks No 8 Ardie Savea might have sighed with relief after the All Blacks first try in the 12th minute.

An attacking scrum close to the Samoa line allowed the All Blacks to open the scoring but replays showed Savea had lost the ball under the attention of Kahn Fotualii.

The officials missed it and Beauden Barrett got over the line before releasing the ball to Anton Lienert-Brown who simply had to catch the ball and fall over to score.

The referee opted not to review it and there was an absence of protests from the Samoa players.


Samoa continued to create try scoring opportunities in the first 20 minutes and should have scored on at least two occasions.

One of those followed an excellent line break from Tim Nanai Williams who stood up his old Chiefs team-mate and cousin Sonny Bill Williams before he released to Alapati Leiua who just needed to show composure to finish things off.

Unfortunately for Samoa, Leiua's pass went wildly into touch and the chance was lost.

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