Taniwha blow away Turbos in Whangarei
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It looked like that winning streak was set to continue if the first five minutes were anything to go by. The Turbos recycled the ball perfectly and soaked up defenders in the middle of the park before centre Rob Thompson showed his danger with a break and offload to set up James Tofa for the opening try.
But aside from that and one other bright spark to speedster Junior Laloifi, that was to be it for the Turbos in the first half as the Taniwha brought their home crowd to their feet with a mix of hard running forward play and expansive ball movement to make it 34-12 at the break.
Both teams traded tries to close out the game but it was Northland’s night as they closed out the bonus point 49-19 win.
The victory lifted Northland from fifth to third on the ladder while Manawatu are in sixth place and will need to string together some wins if they are to challenge for a playoffs position.
Duane Monkley Medal points:
3: Jonno Kitto
2: Jack Debreczeni
1: Jaycob Matiu
Northland 49 (Matt Matich, Jordan Olsen, Jordan Hyland, Scott Gregory, Kara Pryor, Blake Hohaia tries, Jack Debreczeni try, 4 con, 2pen) Manawatu 19 (James Tofa, Junior Laloifi, Adrian Wyrill tries, Sam Malcolm con, Otere Black con)
FT | @RugbyNorthland make a BIG statement in Whangarei as they snap a seven-match losing streak against @ManawatuTurbos.#NORvMAN pic.twitter.com/EfkuXE4AQo— Mitre 10 Cup (@Mitre10Cup) September 14, 2018
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