Here come the Turbos

August 14, 2008

Tonight the Manawatu Turbos drew 38 all with the Waikato Mulu men. The Turbos didn’t do themselves any favours in the opening stints of each half. The majority of the Waikato tries were gifted to them from mistakes from the green & white men. Some people would’ve been wondering how they managed to stay in next years competition ahead of Northland and Tasman. With 30 mins to go Waikato scores it’s 3rd successive try after halftime. Matty James injures himself desperately trying to stop the try. He is then replaced by Aaron Cruden who steals the show. He showed a lot of class by taking control of the match with his positional kicking and line breaks. Aaron Smith also played quite well when he came on for Goody.

The young players seem to be holding their own quite well on the feild. It makes me eager to see when Rennie will bring Kurt Baker into the lineup. Tbh i would be starting him now, which makes me wonder how Azza will go once he’s given a starting spot. If he can do what he did tonight in future matches for 80mins, then I think the Turbos will be a threatning side in the competition. They just seem more organised and gather momentum when he’s running the show.

So far this season they’ve shown how brilliant they can be, but unfortunately glimpses of how poorly they can play have also shown through. It makes for an emotional rollercoaster of a match to watch! While still fun, I can’t wait for them to gain some consistancy and unleash the monstor of pontential that they have.

Next week they’re away in Auckland for a Ranfurly sheild match. Imagine if they brought it back home. Could this be the beginning of a Manawatu rebirth of domminance like the Manawatu of old from the 70’s with the likes of Bullet & co?

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