Turbos upset Magpies in ITM Cup clash

PETER LAMPP
Last updated 15:21 06/10/2012

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Manawatu recorded only their third win of the season when they beat neighbours Hawke's Bay 20-7 in dreadful conditions in their crossover NPC rugby match at Palmerston North on Saturday.

The win kept the Turbos' chances of a Championship semifinal alive while for Hawke's Bay it didn't help their chances of avoiding relegation from the Championsip.

They have games against Canterbury and a Ranfurly Shield challenge against Waikato to come.

This game was played in horrible westerly gales and Hawke's Bay didn' profit from them in the first spell.

Manawatu made then pay a minute after the break when they won a turnover and ran from halfway for fullback Lewis Marshalll to put new man Shaun Curry across under the posts.

The rest of the game was a slog, Hawke's Bay unable to break the steadfast Manawatu tackling.

The visitors suffered two big blows early on when they lost All Black wing Zac Guildford within a minute and captain Michael Coman to concussion.

Guildford, in his first game back since the third round, tore his hamstring and pulled up immediately while chasing a kick while Coman was taken off after only five minutes.

Manawatu virtually spent the entire first spell intheir own half, only breaking out after a long series of drives four minutes before halftime.

From that first-five Nathan George somehow nailed a penalty into the gale for three vital points.

Hawke's Bay's try came after about 20 minutes off a scrum after Manawatu had tried to run off their own line.

With the wind raging behind him Horrell's conversion was the only onehe could manage three shots at goal.

Scorers: Manawatu 20 (Shaun Curry, David Te Moana, tries; Nathan George  2 con, 2 pen) Hawke's Bay 7 (Andrew Horrell try, con) HT 7-3.

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