Nov 1, 2014 at 3am UK at ​Toll Stadium, Whangarei
New Zealand
Foran (9'), Nightingale (63'), Kenny-Dowall (75')
Moga (5'), Vidot (17'), Leilua (43')

Result: Late Shaun Kenny-Dowall try secures New Zealand victory

Shaun Kenny-Dowall spares New Zealand's blushes as he scores a late try to guide his side to a 14-12 victory over Samoa in their Four Nations clash.

A late try from Shaun Kenny-Dowall rescued New Zealand from defeat as they narrowly beat Samoa 14-12 in their Four Nations clash.

The visitors had the perfect start to the game when Tautau Moga intercepted a pass from Peta Hiku and ran the ball 80 yards for a try to hand his side an early advantage.

New Zealand hit straight back as they exerted pressure on the Samoa line before Kieran Foran finally managed to break through and touch the ball down for the score, while Shaun Johnson slotted over the conversion to fire his side ahead.

Samoa were not to be deterred and retook the lead in the 17th minute when Ben Roberts knocked a grubber kick to the line and Daniel Vidot seized the ball to tap down for the try.

The Kiwis thought they had scored just before the break when Manu Vatuvei went over in the corner, but his try was chalked off for an obstruction.

In the second half, Samoa powered ahead when Joseph Leilua made a strong run for the line, and he held off a desperate challenge from Kenny-Dowall to put his side in control of the game, despite Tim Lafai missing his third straight conversion.

New Zealand were becoming desperate as the half wore on, but found their attacking play halted by the resolute defending of the visitors.

The Kiwis upped the ante in the 63rd minute and saw their pressure rewarded as slick play from their backs created space for Jason Nightingale to find space to notch a try, but Johnson failed to level the scores from the ensuing kick.

The home side managed to take the lead with five minutes remaining with another impressive attacking move, as the ball was offloaded four times in quick succession, which allowed Kenny-Dowall to win the game for New Zealand to register their second victory of the competition.

Issac Luke of the Kiwis leads the haka after winning the 2008 Rugby League World Cup Final match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at Suncorp Stadium on November 22, 2008
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