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All Whites hammer Samoa in under-17 opener

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/02/2017

Matthew Palmer and Charles Spragg scored hat-tricks as New Zealand crushed Samoa 11-0 in their first match at the Oceania under-17 World Cup qualifying tournament in Tahiti.

Willem Ebbinge scored the first two goals as the Young All Whites powered 5-0 ahead at halftime.

New Zealand's next pool opponents on Wednesday are Fiji, who opened with a 1-1 draw against the Solomon Islands.

The teams who reach the tournament final will qualify for the 24-nation World Cup in India in October.

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