Heartland scores win over Samoa A

New Zealand's Heartland XV delivered a gutsy second-half performance to earn a 17-13 victory over Samoa A at Apia Park.

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

Coach Grainger Heikell said heavy rain before kickoff made things slippery in the opening stages but the temperature cooled down considerably and the players found their stride in the second half.

''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.''

The game concluded the two match tour of Samoa that included four South Canterbury players, hooker Nathan Tubb, prop Matt Fetu, number 8 Kali Latu and second five Fa'aitu Tuamoheloa.

The Timaru Herald