Turbos win in Wellington

13th Aug 2011, 11:08

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Turbos heroes: Aaron Cruden Tomasi Cama

Turbos heroes: Aaron Cruden Tomasi Cama

Manawatu continued their strong form in the ITM Cup on Saturday, beating Wellington 31-25 at Westpac Stadium.

Manawatu continued their strong form in the ITM Cup on Saturday, beating Wellington 31-25 at Westpac Stadium.

The boot of Turbos fly-half Aaron Cruden proved the difference in a tightly-contested encounter that saw the protagonists score three tries each.

The victory is Manawatu's first win in the capital in 124 years and means they have beaten all three fellow Hurricanes provinces this season following wins over Hawke's Bay and Taranaki.

The result also leaves Wellington rooted to the bottom of the Premiership division standings while Manawatu are level with Hawke's Bay at the top of the second-tier Championship.

The visitors dominated possession and territory in the first half to lead 16-14 at the break thanks to three Cruden penalties and a converted try to Tomasi Cama.

The Lions has started well with Dane Coles grabbing the first of his two first-half tries to open the scoring.

But the hosts were their own worst enemies and were made to pay for their mistakes and indiscipline.

Wellington clawed their way back to within a point in the second half but further tries for Aseli Tikoirotuma and Callum Gibbins and a drop from Cruden secured victory for the Turbos.

Captain Jeremy Thrush grabbed a late consolation try for the home side that only partially made up fir his first-half yellow card.

The scorers

For Wellington:
Tries: Coles 2, Thrush
Cons: Sopoaga 2
Pens: Sopoaga 2

For Manawatu:
Tries:Cama, Tikoirotuma, Gibbins
Cons: Cruden 2
Pens: Cruden 3
Drop: Cruden

Yellow card: Thrush (Wellington -24th min - shoulder charge)

Wellington: 15 Jason Woodward, 14 Alipate Leiua, 13 Michael Lealava'a, 12 Charlie Ngatai, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Faifili Levave, 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Mark Reddish, 4 Jeremy Thrush (c),3 Neemia Tialata,2 Dane Coles, 1 Reg Goodes.
Replacements: 16 Motu Matu'u, 17 Jacob Ellison, 18 Joe Latta, 19 Dean Brunsdon, 20 Frae Wilson, 21 Michael Hobbs/Hayden Cripps, 22 Steve Honey, 23 Whetu Henry.

Manawatu: 15 Craig Clare, 14 Casey Stone, 13 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 12 Johnny Leota, 11 Junior Tomasi Cama, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Hamish Gosling, 7 Callum Gibbins, 6 Nick Crosswell (c), 5 Michael Fitzgerald, 4 Reece Robinson, 3 Ma'afu Fia,2 Rob Foreman, 1 Grant Polson.
Replacements: 16 Bryn Templeman, 17 Jared Brock, 18. Fraser Stone, 19 James Oliver, 20 Isaac Thompson, 21 Lewis Marshall/Frank Bryant, 22 Nehe Milne-Skudder/Karl Bryson, 23 David Te Moana.

Referee: Shaun Elliott