Tim Nanai-Williams

Nanai-Williams nearly followed SBW to Blues

The 27-year-old, who has just finished a two-year stint playing in Japan seriously considered a move up north to Auckland to also play under his former Counties coach Tana Umaga at the Blues.

"It was pretty close really but at the end of the day my loyalties are here and my family was already based down here so the decision became easy for me to come back to Hamilton," Nanai-Williams said.

The utility back has already clocked up 77 caps for the Hamilton based franchise and says the chance of playing 100 games for the Chiefs is a major goal.

Samoa make winning start but plenty to work on

Man of the match Tim Nanai-Williams and captain Ofisa Treviranus scored the tries while the boot of Tusi Pisi and Mike Stanley ensured the Manu maintained their lead throughout the match.

The US continued to question the Samoan defence, with the power of Thretton Palamo and raw pace of Takudzwa Ngwenya a constant threat, and managed a consolation try in the final minutes.

Coach Stephen Betham says there is plenty to work on but they're happy to take the win and move on.