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Heartland XV end Samoa tour with win

allblacks.com     12 Nov 2012    

A converted Billy Guyton try with five minutes remaining secured the win for the New Zealanders who went into half time down 10 - 3.

"Heavy rain before kickoff made things slippery in the opening stages but the temperature cooled down considerably and the boys really found their stride in the second half," side Coach Grainger Heikell said

"The guys started very strongly after the break and it was great to see Darren Monro scoring off a scrum move just after the restart.

"Returning to New Zealand with a win against Samoa A, in addition to the win against the Marist XV a week earlier, and a tight defeat against the Samoan NPC Champions Apia Rugby, is a reflection of the commitment and determination of the Heartland boys to do their provinces and the Heartland Championship proud," Heikell said.

New Zealand Rugby Union General Manager for Community and Provincial Union Rugby Brent Anderson said the series proved a fitting finale to a stand-out Heartland Championship in a milestone year for New Zealand and Samoa relations.

"Holding the series in Samoa, as well as having Graham Henry and Victor Vito take the Webb Ellis Cup here earlier in the year; all in the 50th year of Samoa's independence and the Friendship Treaty between New Zealand and Samoa, has been a great tribute to the mutual passion for rugby between both countries," said Anderson.