Manawatu v Waikato Live

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Saturday 22nd August 02:35 GMT

 

Two of the three ITM Cup Premiership sides that lost their first outing in the 2015 tournament last weekend, clash in Palmerston North on Saturday, when the Manawatu Turbos play their first game of the season at the Boneyard against Waikato.

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The Turbos forwards had looked out of sorts in their final pre-season outing against the Bay of Plenty, but gave a much improved performance last weekend against Counties, their first two tries coming from line out drives. However, it took a remarkable last five minutes to give the scoreline a look of respectability, and the Turbos both a try-scoring and losing bonus point. Recovering from 36-14 behind, to fall just a single point short. Waikato who fell to a 20-35 defeat in Hamilton against last season's beaten finalists Tasman, have been given a boost by the All Black selectors who have released both Tawera Kerr-Barlow and Liam Messam for Saturday's fixture.

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Last season, Manawatu travelled to Waikato during the regular season, and emerged with  narrow 22-20 win, the lowest points aggregate in matches between the two teams in ITM Cup history. Waikato having to go back eight years for their last ITM success against Saturday's opponents, when they won away from home by a thumping 41-15 score line.


Tags: ITM Cup, Manawatu, Liam Messam, Waikato
Posted: 22nd August 2015


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