Manawatu v Tasman



  • Tasman leads 14 - 12 at halftime.

    Not the prettiest game to watch, but good to see the Turbos put up a fight.



  • Margins are pretty thin in this competition. Remove a few of our best players and we're struggling to put away Manawatu.

    Luckily those guys are sitting on the bench and will hopefully make a difference in the last 20 minutes.

    I'll tell y'all who is a very good player though and that is Ethan Blackadder. Got the sort of utility value that could see him get that bench spot for the ABs a couple of years down the track.



  • Jeez - where's our penalty from that scrum O'Keefe?!!!



  • Otere Black looking very sharp in his first few touches.



  • @chris-b said in Manawatu v Tasman:

    Margins are pretty thin in this competition. Remove a few of our best players and we're struggling to put away Manawatu.

    Luckily those guys are sitting on the bench and will hopefully make a difference in the last 20 minutes.

    I'll tell y'all who is a very good player though and that is Ethan Blackadder. Got the sort of utility value that could see him get that bench spot for the ABs a couple of years down the track.

    TBH I have never watched him play but for some reason I conjure up thoughts of another Luke Whitelock and that comment backs that unfounded thought up



  • Hunt scores just after the Turbos lose Kiri Kiri to the bin.

    26 - 12 to Tasman.



  • Fake turnover there. He had his arms around his body, not the ball. I notice this a lot and the refs give it all the time.



  • @crucial You're actually not that far off with that comparison.



  • @dice said in Manawatu v Tasman:

    Fake turnover there. He had his arms around his body, not the ball. I notice this a lot and the refs give it all the time.

    O'Thief was in perfect position to see it too.



  • @crucial Tall Matt Todd!

    Lineout was rubbish. Missed Parkinson in the first half, but when he came on we lost Makalio and Niuia threw like he'd been taking lessons from Nathan Harris.

    Hope Makalio is nothing serious. One of quite a few we don't have great cover for.

    Once Lomax came on our scrum was dominant, but we didn't really get the full benefit of that.

    Still, points in the bank - onward and upward.

    When Hemepo came on he looked like an All Black - a cut above the average.


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