The Kiwis have won just one of their last eight test matches, albeit six of those have come against Australia.
The biggest headline will be the return to the line-up of Sonny Bill Williams, the sporting prodigy who won the Rugby World Cup with the All Blacks just two years ago, and who hasn’t played a rugby league international since a mid-season test against Australia in 2008.
It means a first appearance in the 13-man code World Cup, and a virtual sell out crowd at Warrington will be primed for the main attraction.
They were disappointing in defeat to England Knights last Saturday, and have a job to do if they are to come close to the Kiwis.
That defeat was even more costly, as captain Harrison Hansen picked up a knock from which he has failed to recover from for the opener, joining the suspended Tim Lafai, sin-binned during the 52-16 defeat, on the sidelines.
Stand-off Ben Roberts said: “We are not reading too much into the trial match result. It was only a warm-up so it was about trying out different combinations and letting the players get to know each other on the pitch.
“It was the first time a lot of us have played together and it was the only chance we had to find out about the team.
“We have only been preparing for two weeks but the boys are all getting along really well and we have come on leaps and bounds in that time.”
Samoa squad: Leeson Ah Mau (St George), David Faalogo (Newcastle), Pita Godinet (NZ Warriors), Harrison Hansen (Wigan), Joseph Leilua (Newcastle), Reni Maitua (Parramatta), Penani Manumaleaii (Cronulla), Mose Masoe (Penrith), Suai Matagi (NZ Warriors), Anthony Milford (Canberra), Junior Sau‘u (Melbourne), Iosia Soliola (St Helens), Sauaso Sue (Wests), Mark Taufua (Cronulla), Daniel Vidot (St George), Antonio Winterstein (Brisbane), Frank Winterstein (Widnes).
New Zealand squad: Josh Hoffman (Brisbane), Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (Sydney), Dean Whare (Penrith), Bryson Goodwin (Souths), Manu Vatuvei (NZ Warriors), Kieran Foran (Manly), Shaun Johnson (NZ Warriors), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Sydney), Isaac Luke (Souths), Jesse Bromwich (Melbourne), Frank Pritchard (Canterbury), Sonny Bill Williams (Sydney), Simon Mannering (NZ Warriors). Interchanges (from): Elijah Taylor (NZ Warriors), Sam Kasiano (Canterbury), Sam Moa (Sydney), Frank-Paul Nu’uausala (Sydney), Greg Eastwood (Canterbury), Ben Matulino (NZ Warriors).