Rugby All Blacks win first Test in Samoa

Samoa's first home Test against the All Blacks ended in a brave defeat, the hosts going down 25-16.

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The All Blacks' first competitive visit to Samoa saw them claim a 25-16 victory, but not before an inspired effort from the emotive hosts.

In what was New Zealand's first Test on their Pacific Ocean neighbours' home turf, the tourists could only crash over the try-line once - but relied on the trusty boot of Dan Carter (20 points) to steer them to victory.

Steve Hansen's men were in action for the first time in 2015, and severely depleted due to the Super Rugby final - but managed to stave off a defiant challenge from an emotion-charged Samoan outfit.

Ninety-one years after Samoa played their first international, they finally welcomed the all-conquering All Blacks to Apia Park - and 8,104 people created a partisan atmosphere.

Carter kicked four first-half penalties, with Samoa's only reply on the scoreboard coming from Tusi Pisi's boot in the 22nd minute - as the New Zealanders leading 12-3 after an erroneous opening 40.

It took the All Blacks just six minutes after the re-start to crash over, with Carter's cross-field kick finding George Moala - who broke two tackles and stormed over under pressure from Samoa's cover defence.

The Samoans fought back valiantly - Pisi kicked another two penalties to reduce the deficit to 19-9 - before Carter added his fifth penalty of the game to steady the world champions.

Samoa's big moment came when Alafoti Fa'osiliva crossed in the 64th minute, sending the crowd into frenzy - and Tim Nanai-Williams' conversion from straight in front made it just six points the difference.

But New Zealand stayed calm, and another Carter penalty with six minutes to go put victory out of reach for Samoa.

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