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With the NRL Representative Round putting the competition proper on hold for the week, players will instead strap their boots up for their home countries. has decided to look at famous performances from St George Illawarra players in Tests involving Samoa and New Zealand.

New Zealand 17 defeated England 16
Alfred McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield, England
October 29, 2016.

A Gareth Widdop inspired comeback wasn't enough for England to trump Jason Nightingale's New Zealand Kiwis in this one-point thriller.

In front of over 20,000 fans, the two rivals contested a see-sawing match which wasn't decided until the final stages.

With England trailing in the second half, an overhead flick pass from Widdop put winger Ryan Hall over for a slender lead. Widdop's perfect goal-kicking performance (four goals) also helped England's cause, but a Shaun Johnson field goal would eventually prove the difference.

Fiji 20 defeated Samoa 18
Apia Park, Samoa
October 8, 2016

Leading 18-0 after just 20 minutes, Samoa wouldn't be able to contain a Fijian rampage by game's end; the Bati scoring 20 unanswered points to win the match.

Leading Samoa from the front was former Dragons cult hero Leeson Ah Mau Unfortunately for Ah Mau, an injury just nine minutes in prevented him from taking the field for the rest of the match. Dragons centre Tim Lafai stepped up as one of the more experienced players in the side and produced an impressive 130 metres.

With their captain off the field, Samoa couldn't do much to stop the Fijian side who were boosted by an 80-minute performance from Korbin Sims (one try assist and 32 tackles).

New Zealand 14 defeated Samoa 12
Toll Stadium, Whangarei, New Zealand
November 1, 2014

A Jason Nightingale four-pointer set up a grandstand finish in this Pacific clash, where two tries in the final 15 minutes helped spur New Zealand to victory in front of a home crowd as part of the 2014 Four Nations.

Nightingale's effort down the sideline put the Kiwis within reach of the lead before the final nail in the coffin came just four minute from full-time via now Newcastle winger Shaun Kenny-Dowall.

Ah Mau was once again in the frame in the back row for Samoa alongside other past Dragons Kyle Stanley, Daniel Vidot and Mose Masoe as well as current centre Lafai.

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