Turbos Edged in Opener
Despite some scintillating first half attacking play, the Turbos went down 41-29 to a strong Wellington side last night at Central Trust Arena.
After letting in a try almost immediately to Wellington halfback Sheridan Rangihuna, the home side regained composure to string together some excellent phases, leading to the creation of space out wide. Both Willy Ambaka and Curtis Reid were the beneficiaries of this early on, with the Kenyan scoring on debut from a Kirikiri inside ball and Reid finishing a break created by the quick feet of the returning Lewis Marshall. Nehe Milner-Skudder and Jackson Hemopo also made the score sheet, both backing up their individual breaks with excellent support play.
Equally sharp attack however saw Alex Fidow, Jackson Garden-Bachop and Trent Renata all dot down for the Lions before the first half whistle went, with the Turbos defence a touch high at times for the wet conditions.
After returning from the break 26-22 down, the Turbos stuck to task to retake the lead through a Jade Te Rure try, gliding through off the back of a good period of pressure up front.
However, it was the Lions who dominated phase play in the last quarter of the match, starving Manawatu of quality attacking possession – scoring twice to put the result out of reach for the green and whites.
Nehe-Milner Skudder was the people’s choice player the match as voted by fans through the official Turbos Rugby App.
The team will take plenty of positives away as they welcome the Tasman Makos in their second home match of the season. Tickets available here