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How to beat the Lions video

Rieko Ioane can expect a constant barrage of kicks to come his way against the British and Irish Lions on Saturday night.

The Lions' tactics from the tour so far and how the All Blacks can overcome them.

Win for Boys High

Mackenzie Tansley scored one of Palmerston North Boys' High School's three tries against New Plymouth.

After two weeks of being on the end of hefty hidings, there was an air of relief as Palmerston North Boys' High School beat New Plymouth Boys' High School 19-12 in Palmerston North on Thursday.

Lions test side won't spin it wide

Jared Payne scores the British and Irish Lions' fourth try against the Chiefs.

OPINION: The midweek Lions took free rein and stunned us by spreading the ball at Hamilton.

Comfortable win for Feilding

First five-eighth Kody Edwards has made a positive return from injury for Feilding High School.

The Feilding High School 1st XV registered their second win in the CNI 39-0 against Te Aute College at Te Aute on Tuesday.

Boys' High pummeled

Palmerston North Boys' High School's Stewart Cruden tries to find an offload against Hamilton Boys' High School.

The Super 8 1st XV competition threatens to be a long campaign for Palmerston North Boys' High School.

All Blacks electric, Lions dull

All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick breaks a tackle in the lead out to one of the side's 10 tries against Samoa.

There could not have been two more contrasting matches than the All Blacks' demolition of Samoa and the British and Irish Lions' domination of the New Zealand Maori.

Varsity turn it on late

Varsity's Kirk Tufuga makes a half-break against Old Boys-Marist on Saturday.

Three tries in the final 15 minutes helped Varsity claim an error-ridden win over Old Boys-Marist in Manawatu club rugby on Saturday.

Brewer: Smash them straight away

Turbos loose forward Harrison Brewer is supporting the British and Irish Lions.

 Getting in the faces of New Zealand teams and smashing them early is the key for the British and Irish Lions' success according to the Manawatu Turbos' resident Irishman Harrison Brewer.

Solving the refereeing shortage

Te Kawau's Liam Mitchell awards a penalty in an secondary schools rugby match.

The Manawatu Rugby Union has found a novel solution to their referee shortage.

Sudden death match for fringe contenders

Tui Katoa, picture here playing for Melville in Waikato, has joined Te Kawau.

Sudden death rugby starts this Saturday for Feilding Old Boys-Oroua and Te Kawau as they chase the playoffs in Manawatu club rugby.

Promising start from Evergreens

Halfback Jamie Booth bagged two tries in the Manawatu Evergreens' preseason win over Wanganui.

Manawatu Turbos coach Jeremy Cotter was a happy man after his side accounted for Wanganui 52-7 in their first preseason hit-out

Mitchell ready to learn

Liam Mitchell recently returned from a season with Spanish club Santboiana.

Eating better and regular visits to the gym proved the key for Liam Mitchell to burst his way into the Manawatu Turbos.

All Black stars visit Starship

Kids from Starship Hospital get their photo with some of the All Blacks.

Kids at Auckland's Starship Hospital received some very special guests this morning.

Manawatu's lion tamers

Jackson Hemopo, centre, celebrates the Highlanders' win over the British and Irish Lions.

Jackson Hemopo and Kayne Hammington became the first Manawatu players to beat the British and Irish Lions since 1983 as they helped the Highlanders to a 23-22 win on Tuesday night.

Strong side for Manawatu's preseason opener

Hamish Northcott brings plenty of experience to the Evergreen's midfield with 36 matches for the Turbos under his belt.

Manawatu have named 12 contracted players in their starting side to take on Wanganui in their preseason match at Cooks Garden on Wednesday night.

Triple digit humilation for Boys' High

Hasting Boys' High School wing Kini Naholo was among the tryscorers in his side's demolition of Palmerston North.

The Palmerston North Boys' High School 1st XV were humbled 100-0 by Hasting Boys' High School in the Super Eight in Hastings on Saturday.

Ambaka ready to fire

Kenyan sevens star Willy Ambaka played his first 15s game of rugby in New Zealand on Saturday for FOB-Oroua.

Willy "Kenyan Lomu" Ambaka ready to learn in first campaign with Manawatu.

COB survive OBM surge

FOB-Oroua No 8 Alex Hawira helped his team to a monster win over Freyberg on Saturday.

 College Old Boys escaped their biggest test of the second round of Manawatu club rugby as they celebrated a 29-28 win over Old Boys-Marist.

Tafili-Reid back to full pace

College Old Boys midfielder Patrick Reid certainly knows his way to the try line.

COB midfielder Patrick Tafili-Reid has been looking good this year.

Filling in the Turbos' contracting puzzle

Jackson Hemopo and Michael Alaalatoa are among nine contracted Turbos playing Super Rugby.

The Manawatu Turbos squad is starting to take shape.

College OB win big

College Old Boys flanker Brice Henderson on the charge in his side's win over Yellows.

 College Old Boys eased their way to a 43-12 win over Feilding in Manawatu club rugby on Saturday.

Winning start for Boys' High

James Stratton scored a try, but also got yellow carded in the team's win over Gisborne.

The Palmerston North Boys' High School 1st XV got their Super 8 campaign off to a positive start after beating Gisborne Boys' High School in Gisborne on Saturday.

Robinson finding coaching groove

Reece Robinson is in his second season as head coach of Old Boys-Marist.

 Reece Robinson is in no rush to climb the coaching ladder.

Teams circle to dent Varsity's lead

Tom Hughes has been in top form for Varsity this year.

Varsity have opened a handy lead on the top of the Manawatu club rugby table and Kia Toa will be keen to put a hefty dent into it this Saturday.

Four-week ban for Lockwood

Freyberg will be without regular hooker Michael Lockwood for the next four weeks.

Freyberg hooker Michael Lockwood has been suspended for four weeks for stamping and punching after a judicial hearing on Wednesday night.

Turbos open to loan Wyness

Ben Wyness put in some impressive displays for Manawatu in preseason last year.

The Turbos are hoping to find a loan destination for first five-eighth Ben Wyness so get gets a taste of provincial rugby without being lost to the region.

Hoodoo ended in tense struggle

Foxton's David McErlean passes the ball during his side's 13-8 win over Paraparaumu.

Foxton's upset win over Paraparaumu was their first over them for nine years.

Paranihi returns to Manawatu

Sean Paranihi will return to Manawatu after three years in Canterbury.

Sean Paranihi returns from Canterbury as Turbos' preseason schedule confirmed.

Two club players face suspension

Freyberg's Michael Lockwood will face the judicairy for his punch to the head of a Linton player on Saturday.

Jordan Henare suspended for two weeks for a tip tackle, but Michael Lockwood is in danger of heftier ban for punch to the head.

Two red cards in club rugby

Bain Champion scored 19 points in his 50th match for Old Boys-Marist against Te Kawau.

Old Boys-Marist's relentless defence gave way for some impressive attack as they romped home to a 49-0 win over Te Kawau in Manawatu club rugby on Saturday.

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