2014

  • Summary

    The Turbos entered 2014 with a balance of experience and youth in the squad and after a strong pre-season against Wellington and Tasman the team was in good shape. For the first time the Turbos won their opening game away from home.

    The team displayed the grit a hardworking off season had installed in them as they came from behind to beat Northland. Despite a lapse against Auckland the following week the Turbos came back to beat Wellington in the capital in round three. The Turbos followed up toppling the Lions by beating Bay of Plenty and Counties Manukau leaving them with four wins from five games.

    A rain sodden game in North Harbour saw the Turbos lose a game that on paper they dominated across all areas with only the scoreboard telling a different story. The Turbos quickly proved that the North Harbour game was a minor slip up as they belted Southland at home 41-20 before travelling to Waikato where they won 22-20 thanks to an outstanding defensive effort in the final minutes.

    It was clear that the Turbos were a force to be reckoned with as they continued on their march beating rivals Hawke’s Bay convincingly before heading down south and turning the table on 2013 Otago game running out 38-25 winners and securing a home semi final in the process.

    The Turbos came up against a tough Southland side in their home semi-final eventually winning 23-18 whilst rivals Hawke’s Bay took out Northland in their semi-final clash setting up the ultimate re-match.

    With rivalry, revenge and promotion on the line both teams came out of the blocks firing in front of a sell-out Manawatu crowd. The game ran at high intensity from the kick off and with the wind behind them Hawke’s Bay took a 14-6 lead into the sheds at halftime. The second half saw the Turbos take control of the game thanks to a quick fire strike back try to halfback Kayne Hammington. The Turbos continued to pile on the pressure as they secured a 27-24 lead heading into the closing stages. Hawke’s Bay pushed back to have the Turbos defending their own line with one minute to go, with one final roll of the dice a grubber kick was put through which Turbos wing Nathan Tudreu latched onto before streaking the length of the field for the championship sealing try.

  • Results

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    Sun, Aug 17th - 4.35pm
    23 - 28

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    turbos team small Sun, Aug 24th - 2.35pm
    7 - 35
    auckland team small
    welly team small Fri, Aug 29th - 7.35pm
    21 - 27
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    turbos team small Wed, Sep 3rd - 7.35pm
    29 - 27
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    turbos team small Sun, Sep 7th - 2.35pm
    26 - 10
    manakau team small
    harbour team small Fri, Sep 12th - 6.05pm
    24 - 13
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    turbos team small Sat, Sep 20th - 7.35pm
    41 - 20
    southland team small
    waikato team small Sat, Sep 27th - 2.35pm
    20 - 22
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    turbos team small Sun, Oct 5th - 2.35pm
    29 - 3
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    otago team small Fri, Oct 10th - 7.35pm
    25 - 38
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    CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI FINAL

    Sat, Oct 18th - 2.05pm

    23 - 18

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    CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

    Fri, Oct 24th - 7.35pm
    32 - 24

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2014 Players

Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith - Halfback

Tom Hughes

Tom Hughes - Lock

Nathan Tudreu

Nathan Tudreu - Centre

Otere Black

Otere Black - First Five Eighth

Jaxon Tagavaitau

Jaxon Tagavaitau - Centre

Keepa Mewett

Keepa Mewett - Lock

Nick Grogan

Nick Grogan - Hooker

Newton Tudreu

Newton Tudreu - Wing

Chris Eves

Chris Eves - Loosehead Prop

Jade Te Rure

Jade Te Rure - First Five Eighth

Hubert Buydens

Hubert Buydens - Loosehead Prop

Hamish Northcott

Hamish Northcott - Second Five Eighth

Antonio Kiri Kiri

Antonio Kiri Kiri - Flanker

Jason Emery

Jason Emery - Centre

James Oliver

James Oliver - Flanker

Callum Gibbins

Callum Gibbins - Flanker

Ma'afu Fia

Ma'afu Fia - Tighthead Prop

Aaron Cruden

Aaron Cruden - First Five Eighth

Rob Foreman

Rob Foreman - Hooker

Nick Crosswell

Nick Crosswell - Flanker