Turbos kick the bucket against Canty
To lose to Canterbury like we’ve never lost before.
If that was a bucket-list wish for last Thursday’s ITM cup match at the Oval, then the Turbos failed. They failed to match the 72-7 drubbing the Cantabs dished out on their home track in 2013, but only more by ‘luck’ than by design.
Canterbury botched at least a couple of scoring opportunities in their nine-try 57-7 romp against the hapless green bucketeers.
Things looked ominous for the Turbos from the kick-off. Once again Manawatu allowed the opposition to score within the fiirst minute. Throughout the first half, the home team’s defence leaked like a colander allowing the rampant Canty rams to rack up six touchdowns in the first half, scoring at just under a point a minute.
As the Canterbury tries bucketed down, the only consolation was a pick and go to lock Fraser Stone converted by Otere Black to make the half-time score 38-7.
Manawatu’s second half defensive effort did prevent Canterbury from scoring during the first 20 minutes, but cracked during the final stanza to allow in three more unanswered tries.
A promising second-half runaway to Turbos wing Semisi Masirewa was called back when the touch judge unaccountably ruled he was out. Replays suggested otherwise, but that was the ball game.
The Turbos next home encounter is this Sunday 13 against Northland, who are coming off a trouncing at the hands of Taranaki last Sunday.
It’ll be a case of cellar dwellers vs wooden spooners. Manawatu is at the bottom of the ITM Premiership with no wins and just three points, while Northland languishes on the lowest rung of the Championship ladder with similar losses and no points.
Sunday at 2.35pm will be the Turbos first game against a team from the lower tier of the competition, but first have to face Auckland this Thursday night at Eden Park.
It’s a tough turnaround for the ‘Green-gos’ whereas the Cambridge Blues will have had a week off and must fancy their chances on Sunday of picking up a first competition win.
Questions over the Turbos defence and playmaking abilities will be put to the test twice this week with games against Auckland and Northland.