Junior AB’s slaughter Samoa

The Junior All Blacks embarrassed Samoa 56-12 in the Pacific 5 Nations.

A week after the Junior All Blacks had hammered Fiji 35-17 in Suva, they added more humiliation to their Pacific Islands mates with a resounding win.

It underlined the depth in New Zealand rugby, when you take that a day ago the New Zealand Maoris beat the USA Eagles 74-6. Both Samoa and the Eagles will play in the World Cup.

On current form, the All Blacks could send their two current test teams, the Maori team and the Junior All Blacks and all four would probably make the quarter-finals.

The Junior All Blacks scored seven tries in a dominant performance and John Senio, playing for Samoa, must have wished he had opted to play for New Zealand, the choice his brother Kevin has made. We know which brother enjoyed playing scrumhalf more in Albany.

Skipper Corey Flynn and No 8 Nick Williams were the stars of the pack and flyhalf Jimmy Gopperth scored 26 points.

Samoa actually opened the scoring, but that was the extent of the damage they did on the night.

Junior All Blacks
Tries: Nick Williams 2, Kevin Senio, John Schwalger, Ben Atiga, Jimmy Gopperth, Viliame Waqaseduadua
Conversions: Jimmy Gopperth 6
Pens: Gopperth (3)

Tries: John Senio and Isaac Feaunati tries
Conversion: Doug Sanft