Turbos muscle up against Makos

Manawatu's Turbos had scrummaging practice against the Tasman Makos in Nelson yesterday as part of their three-day camp.

The Turbos play Tasman in their final pre-season hit-out at 5.30pm at Trafalgar Park tomorrow.

As they won't meet during the NPC, there was no harm in them practising against each other.

Prop Chris Eves won't play tomorrow after injuring an ankle at practice and neither will fullback-centre Lewis Marshall and utility back Nathan Tudreu (ankle).

Replacement wing Willie Paia'aua arrived yesterday and will play in the match as a replacement for the injured Hamiora Thomas.

Tasman will be without many of their Super Rugby players such as Shane Christie and Kieron Fonotia.

Turbos coach Jason O'Halloran will name his starting XV after training today.

Tomorrow's match comes after the Turbos beat Wellington 29-28 at Hutt Valley last Friday.

Former All Black halfback Jimmy Cowan celebrated his debut for Tasman with a try when, made up largely of emerging players, they beat Otago 31-25 to end their two-match southern rugby tour on a winning note last weekend.

He scored Tasman's fourth and final try as his side outscored Otago by four tries to three at Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium in what was a marked improvement from the previous Wednesday's 24-22 loss to Canterbury at Glenmark.

Meanwhile, Kia Toa's former Manawatu midfield back Tevita Tauf'ui looks likely to return to the Wanganui Heartland team as a loan player this season.

His name was included in their squad list on the Wanganui union's website.

Tau'fui wasn't picked for either the Turbos or the Manawatu Development XV so could be back with Wanganui for whom he played as a loan player when they won the Meads Cup in 2011.

College Old Boys wing Ethan Pollock is returning to his roots as a loan player for the Horowhenua-Kapiti Heartland team.

Kia Toa wing-fullback Ryan Kelliher will turn out for Thames Valley as a player of origin.

Manawatu Standard