Costly mis­takes lead to third Tur­bos de­feat

The Tribune (NZ) - - SPORT -

Mis­takes led to four Makos tries as the Tur­bos went down for the third time in the ITM Cup.

Er­ror-rid­den play gifted turnovers and penalty points to the Tas­man Makos who ran in four tries to three, clinch­ing the match at Blenheim’s Lans­downe Park last Thurs­day night, 41-21.

Tas­man led 21-7 at half time, with the Tur­bos’ try to half­back Kayne Ham­ming­ton.

Winger Semisi Masirewa scored in the sec­ond, and cap­tain Cal­lum Gib­bins was awarded a penalty try when he was foot-tripped fol­low­ing through af­ter a loose ball. Otere Black con­verted all three tries, but failed at two penalty at­tempts.

It was another game of missed op­por­tu­ni­ties, and a team with more clin­i­cal ex­e­cu­tion, bet­ter dis­ci­pline and fin­ish­ing could well have pulled off a dif­fer­ent re­sult.

This Thurs­day night, sees the Tur­bos up against another un­beaten side in Can­ter­bury. It will be Can­ter­bury’s sec­ond only visit to the Bone­yard in ITM Cup history. When the two teams met here in 2010 Manawatu was pipped at the post 27-26. Kick­off is at 7.35pm.

PHOTO: DEREK FLYNN/ FAIR­FAX NZ

Manawatu winger Semisi Masirewa makes a great run to score against Tas­man early in the sec­ond half of last week’s game in Blenheim.

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