Turbos mow down North Harbour
The blades are back on the Manawatu machine. The Turbos, scuttled last week by the Southland Stags, knocked off North Harbour on Saturday evening at Arena with a bonus point, four try to two victory.
On attack from the start, Manawatu sought to reverse the ‘slow-start syndrome’ that has plagued their ITM season. The result, after 10 minutes, a North Harbour penalty.
Harbour impressed with their set piece forward play in the scrums, mauls and lineouts, going on to score the first try. Manawatu left it to just before halftime before a series of classy backline off- loads put Fraser Stone over. At 10-7 it was anyone’s game. North Harbour made it look easy slicing throught the Turbos backline to score first.
And then came the bust of the season. Turbos winger Nathan Tudreu made like an indoor bowling ball at the strike end to set up captain Callum Gibbins.
Six minutes later, brother Newton on the other wing gathered a beautifully weighted cross kick from Otere Black to put the Turbos in front. Soon after, Otere kicked his first successful penalty of the season!
24 -17 remained the score in a helter skelter last stanza. Despite Harbour losing a man to the bin and mounting a rearguard action to close the gap, resolute defence held them out. Manawatu had a try disallowed when it was ruled centre Jason Emery had a foot in touch before passing the ball. Then 30 seconds from full-time, the Turbos captain crossed again to make it 31 -17.
Manawatu need to maintain the momentum, skill level and defensive effort for the last home game next Saturday against Taranaki. Last year’s Premiership champs, fresh from squeezing past Canterbury at the weekend, are midway on the table with four wins – nine points ahead of Manawatu who are at the bottom. There’s everything to play for. Arena kick off is 5.35pm.
Turbos captain Callum Gibbons in his club socks, storms through the North Harbour defence during his side’s 31 -17 victory on Saturday night.