Lions Tour 2017: New Zealand THRASH Samoa to send tourists ominous warning for first Test

In their only warm-up match for the three-Test series against the Lions, the All Blacks ran in 12 tries against a hapless Samoa side at Eden Park.

The Auckland stadium has already been the site for some touring misery this month after the Blues scored a late try to sink the Lions 22-16 nine days ago.

They will also play two of the Test matches there including the first on June 24.

But Warren Gatland’s side will be hoping to put up more of a fight than Samoa, who crumbled in the face of a New Zealand team brimming with creative talent.

The game had started relatively even but after 12 minutes 22-year-old back Anton Lienert-Brown ran in his third international try to open the scoring.

The All Blacks crossed over three more times before the break, Beauden Barrett, Sonny Bill Williams and Ardie Savea all getting on the scoresheet to give the home side a 28-0 half-time lead.

At that point, Samoa’s record defeat of 101-14 – also set by the All Blacks – did not look remotely under threat, but an onslaught after the break left the visitors hanging on for dear life.

With nearly 20 minutes to go, New Zealand were 61-0 and showing no signs of abating as they brought on a host of young talent from the bench.

Both of Barrett’s brothers, Scott and Jordie, came on, meaning New Zealand had three brothers involved in a Test match for the very first time.

But it was more than just a gimmick even though and neither were able to match their fly-half brother with a try, the presence of all three suggests a new rugby dynasty is only just emerging.

The Lions will have looked on with trepidation, no doubt watching 24 hours ahead of the second-last match before the Test series.

They face Maori All Blacks in Rotorua (Saturday, 8.35am), dubbed the unofficial ‘fourth Test’ of the tour, in a match that is expected to be as challenging physically as it is on a rugby front.

New Zealand try-scorers against Samoa

Anton Lienert-Brown (12), Beauden Barrett (30, 59), Ardie Savea (34, 76), Sonny Bill Williams (40), Israel Dagg (42), Julian Savea (52), Codie Taylor (56), Vaea Fifita (62), TJ Perenara (72), Sam Cane (79) Conversions: Beauden Barrett (13, 31, 35, 41, 43, 57, 61), Lima Sopoaga (63, 78)

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