Hello and welcome to today's live blog of the Four Nations rugby league international between the Kiwis and Samoa from Toll Stadium in Whangarei.
Both these teams were surprisingly good in the first week of the Four Nations. In a double-header at Suncorp, Samoa pushed England all the way in a 32-26 loss after being written off before kick-off.
Likewise, few people gave the Kiwis much chance of beating Australia – it hadn’t been done in four years – but when Greg Inglis and Daly Cherry-Evans picked up injuries, Shaun Johnson and Kieran Foran took control in a 30-12 demolition.
New Zealand’s win over Australia makes them the bookies’ favourite to win the tournament.
Kiwis hooker Issac Luke is back after serving his suspension for a lifting tackle on Sonny Bill Williams in the NRL finals.
Dean Whare and Greg Eastwood were seen nursing injuries at training early in the week. Whare has been named in the starting side but Eastwood is out.
I'm Steven Holloway and will provide all the colour, tweets, analysis and play by play coverage of today's game. To join in on the chat click 'comment now' and have your say.
1-Peta Hiku 2-Jason Nightingale 3-Dean Whare 4-Shaun Kenny-Dowall 5-Manu Vatuvei 6-Kieran Foran 7-Shaun Johnson 8-Jesse Bromwich 9-Issac Luke 10-Adam Blair 11-Simon Mannering (captain) 12-Kevin Proctor 13-Jason Taumalolo
Interchange: 14-Lewis Brown 15-Suaia Matagi 16-Martin Taupau 17-Tohu Harris 18-Bodene Thompson
1-Tim Simona 2-Antonio Winterstein 3-Tim Lafai 4-Joey Leilua 5-Daniel Vidot 6-Ben Roberts 7-Kyle Stanley 8-Isaac Liu 9-Pita Godinet 10-David Fa'alogo (c) 11-Frank Pritchard 12-Leeson Ah Mau 13-Josh McGuire
Interchange: 14-Dunamis Lui 15-Jesse Sene-Lefao 16-Sauaso Sue 17-Mose Masoe 18-Dominique Peyroux 19-Penani Manumalealii
We are nearly underway with the players making their final preparations. It's a beautiful sunny day in Whangarei and the scene is set for a cracker.
The anthems are done and the Kiwis are now setting themselves up for the haka. It's a great crowd at Toll Stadium, will provide you with an official attendance count when it comes to hand.
Two very impressive, powerful haka's have been completed and we are all set to go.
Samoa kick off down to Kieran Foran and the Kiwis are in possession.
Kiwis make it up to the 30m line on their fifth kick and Foran puts the Samoan defence under pressure with a bomb.
But Tim Simona deals with it well and Samoa have survived the first Kiwis attack.
Samoa only make it to halfway on their fifth and their kick is straight down the throat of Peter Hiku.
Jason Nightingale just blitzed down the right hand side for the Kiwis but just when he went to place the ball down over the line he lost the ball forward.
Samoa start their set with a scrum inside their own 20 and they make it up to halfway on their fifth tackle.
A weak kick into the wind resulted in a Samoan knock on and the Kiwis will start again from 20m out.
Tautau Moga intercepted a loose pass from the Kiwis and sprinted the full length of the field to score in the corner. What a start from Samoa.
But the conversion is wide and Samoa lead 4-0.
Kiwis pick up a penalty on their own 20m line. Samoa holding on too long in the tackle.
Foran may have just scored for the Kiwis, we are going upstairs.
It looks good, a try will be awarded. Foran burst through the Samoan defence right under the posts to touch down.
Try awarded. Kiwis 4 Samoa 4
Johnson slots the conversion from right in front and the Kiwis are in the lead. Kiwis 6 Samoa 4.
Samoa kick off down to big Manu Vatuvei who smashes the ball up the guts. Crowd loved that one.
Kiwis progress to halfway on their last and Foran kicks in behind but it's too long and dribbles out of play.
Samoa should have scored but a stray pass right under the posts spoiled a certain try. Mannering pounces on the ball and the Kiwis have survived.
Every kick that goes in the air gets caught in the swirling wind and becomes a lottery. This time it's Johnson who kicks and the ball takes a huge, ugly bounce before spiralling out over the dead ball line. Samoan scrum feed 30m out.
Daniel Vidot has pounced on a perfectly weighted kick into the corner and Samoa are back in the lead.
Ben Roberts teased am angled kick toward the corner flag from 10m out and Vidot reacted quickest to touch down. Great work from the Samoans.
Kyle Stanley misses with the conversion again and Samoa still lead by two.
Kiwis lose the ball 30m out, but the ruling is that it was stripped. The Kiwis regather the ball through Vatuvei and now have a great attacking opportunity.