v Manawatu



  • I can remember going to the Showgrounds in 1992 and watching a then first division Hawkes Bay lose 54/10 to 2nd division Manawatu. Whilst that was a while ago there are comparisions. Firstly were premier division and there not. Secondly like 1992 this Bay team on paper should be performing a lot better. What i saw in that first 15 minutes last week was appalling. No midfield defence and gaps so wide you could have driven 2 buses through them. You would hope serious work has been done to rectify this. If not Laumape can and will expose it yet again. What i want to see is the urgency in that last 10 minutes of the Tasman game replicated for 80.. If and only if we can do that will we be a chance of tipping these guys up.



  • Magpies team to take on the Turbos:

    1. Tolu Fahamokioa
    2. Ash Dixon (c)
    3. Ben May
    4. Geoff Cridge
    5. Mark Abbott
    6. Trent Boswell-Wakefield
    7. Tony Lamborn
    8. Fa'alemiga Selesele
    9. Chris Eaton
    10. Ihaia West
    11. Mason Emerson
    12. Tiaan Falcon
    13. Jonah Lowe
    14. Robbie Fruean
    15. Matt Garland

    Reserves:

    1. Jorian Tangaere
    2. Ricky Riccitelli
    3. Mason Kean
    4. Ross Filipo
    5. Ben Hamelink
    6. Brad Weber
    7. Billy Ropiha
    8. Ryan Tongia

    Not really surprised by the changes. Weber was one of the worst against Tasman last week, including missing 5 out of 9 tackles. Not sure why they prefer Eaton over Wilson; maybe they need an angry old dog on the field to keep going after all those losses.

    Riccitelli seemed to be in a lot of pain last week; surprised he's playing at all.

    West wasn't much better than Weber against the Makos, but I guess they prefer Falcon at 12, despite having Ropiha available?

    I'd have liked to see Mikaele-Tu'u at 20 instead of Hamelink.



  • Good to see them giving Mason Kean a run off the bench. I agree about Mikaele-Tu'u ahead of Hamelink



  • Turbos:

    1. Chris Eves
    2. Travis Taylor
    3. Michael Alaalatoa
    4. Tom Parons
    5. Jackson Hemopo
    6. Harrison Brewer
    7. Antonio Kiri Kiri
    8. Heiden Bedwell-Curtis
    9. Kayne Hammington
    10. Otere Black
    11. Nathan Tudreu
    12. Hamish Northcott
    13. Ngani Laumape
    14. Ambrose Curtis
    15. Jason Emery
    1. Tim Cadwallader
    2. Tukiterangi
    3. Jake Ilnicki
    4. Kane Thompson
    5. Valentino Mapapalangi
    6. Toby Morland
    7. Sam Malcolm
    8. Curtis Reid

    Callum Gibbins and prop Fraser Armstronghas have been given a rest. Kane Thompson returns to the bench.

    http://www.turbosrugby.co.nz/news/222-turbos-named-to-face-rivals-hawke-s-bay



  • This ref is shitting me, 3 penalties I count so far against HB for not being bound at the breakdown when they are bound to at least one other player,



  • Nothing better than beating Manawatu in Palmerston North



  • Cripple fight won!



  • @Nepia said in v Manawatu:

    Cripple fight won!

    I'll take it even though Manawatu rested their best 2 players as we have been so shit all year



  • Didn't see that win coming! I thought it would be one of those games again where all the ref's decisions would go against us and at least one Magpie would get a spell in the bin.

    It doesn't mean much for the competition, but always good to win some bling. Just hoping now that Waikato, and Auckland if I can be greedy, lose.

    Also glad to see that Ihaia's boot was working today.



  • By the way, why is it always shit weather when we play the Turbos in PN? That stadium doesn't seem to have good drainage at all. If it hadn't stopped pissing down, it would have been a game of water polo.



  • I think we should be thankful it was wet weather. Agree about the Penalties some terrible non bound calls. We will likely rue that loss to Auckland the most at the end of the season would have been in reach of not coming last if we got up over waikato. Unlikely as they will get up over Northland



  • @Stargazer said in v Manawatu:

    By the way, why is it always shit weather when we play the Turbos in PN? That stadium doesn't seem to have good drainage at all. If it hadn't stopped pissing down, it would have been a game of water polo.

    Have you never been to Palmy? 😉