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Sunday News - - RUGBY -

knock on ended the first half with the Mooloos 5-3 ahead.

Waikato’s for­wards then rolled Manawatu, who coughed up pos­ses­sion af­ter some bizarre er­rors, and re­place­ment hooker Samisoni Taukei’aho crashed over af­ter the break.

Guild­ford was forced off be­cause of his ham­string in­jury in the at­tack that Taukei’aho scored from and Manawatu hit back when re­serve half­back Jamie Booth cruised over to level the scores af­ter an hour.

Har­ri­son Brewer’s try then put Manawatu ahead for the first time Manawatu 23 (Jamie Booth, Har­ri­son Brewer tries; Jade Te Rure 3 pen, 2 con) Waikato 10 (Pita Ahki, Samisoni Taukei’aho tries). HT: 3-5. as their scrum de­stroyed Waikato’s.

Two Te Rure penal­ties stretched the lead to 23-10 and Waikato just couldn’t drag them­selves into con­tention as the res­o­lute Tur­bos stood firm.

A bright day in Hamil­ton had quickly turned wet and wild as the heav­ens opened when Manawatu kicked off. But the shower cleared as fast as it ar­rived and Waikato opened the scor­ing within four min­utes through Ahki’s try.

Nei­ther side started par­tic­u­larly well, in ad­just­ing to such sud­den soak­ing con­di­tions, but Manawatu’s early set piece dom­i­nance gave them some con­trol.

Af­ter spurn­ing one cer­tain try be­fore the TMO de­nied an­other, Manawatu tried to roll Waikato’s scrum for points.

The Tur­bos opted against shoot­ing for three and could have paid the price for not tak­ing chances if Waikato were more com­posed when coun­ter­at­tack­ing. With half­time loom­ing and Manawatu still score­less, Te Rure con­verted a penalty from near halfway.

Taukei’aho’s habit of scor­ing in Hamil­ton put Waikato 10-3 ahead but Booth and Brewer’s tries in the fi­nal quar­ter turned the ta­bles in Manawatu’s favour.

The Tur­bos camped in Waikato’s end, Te Rure slot­ted two more penal­ties, and the Mooloos couldn’t come back.

Manawatu’s Kurt Baker wres­tles Waikato full­back Zac Guild­ford for the ball in Hamil­ton yes­ter­day.

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