Turbos Named to Face Old Foe Wellington
The Manawatu Turbos coaching staff have made a string of changes ahead of facing the old foe; Wellington.
The Turbos coaching staff again rotated a lot of the team perhaps revealing their mini-season plan to as they try to negoiate they way into the secruing a playoff sport in the last three rounds.
With many of the teams regulars rested ahead of tomorrows clash the Turbos may have one eye on their must win clash with Bay of Plenty on Sunday. In the forwards Chris Eves starts in front row combination that inludes Hunter Prescott and Jake Ilnicki. Veteran Kane Thompson will start in the locks partnering with rookie Liam Hallam Eames in what will be the young locks first start. Gibbins returns to openside to captain the side whilst Antonio Kiri Kiri takes up a spot on the blind with Mapapalangi to the rear of the scrum.
In the backs Jamie Booth will start in what will be the young halfbacks blazer game for the Green and White. Otere Black will start at first five whilst a familiar pairing of Hamish Northcott and Jason Emery will start togther for the first time this season in the midfield. Curtis Reid gets another start with Ambrose Curtis at fullback and Natahn Tudreu on the other wing.
1. Chris Eves (Volvo)
2. Hunter Prescott (Hino)
3. Jake Ilnicki (Mack)
4. Kane Thompson (Truckstops)
5. Liam Hallam-Eames (Hynds)
6. Antonio (Humphries)
7. Callum Gibbins (C) (Wadham Partners)
8. Valentino Mapapalangi (Gary Douglas)
9. Jamie Booth (McIntosh Cranes)(Blazer Game)
10. Otere Black (Capture Signs)
11. Nathan Tudreu (Cash Converters)
12. Hamish Northcott (Telcospec)
13. Jason Emery (Stuarts Ltd.)
14. Curtis Reid (Silvester Clarke)
15. Ambrose Curtis (McDonalds PN)
16. Tim Cadwallader (Kubota)
17. Fraser Armstrong (Clarke Underground)
18. Mike Alaalatoa (Bell Booth)
19. Jackson Hemopo (Stevensons)
20. Harrison Brewer (Fleetwise)
21. Toby Morland (Computercare)
22. Sam Malcolm (JB Wheel Alignment)
23. Ngani Laumape (Cafe Cuba)
Manawatu Turbos vs. Wellington
7.35pm | Wednesday 5th October | Central Energy Trust Arena