With only four diversions remaining, it is do-or-bite the dust for the Turbos on the off chance that they are to push for a Championship play offs spot when they go up against Wellington in Palmerston North on Sunday.
Played: 86 (1887-2017)
Last time: Wellington 41, Manawatu 29 (20 August 2017)
Arbitrator: Cam Stone
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In the wake of winning their opening diversion against Waikato, the Turbos have dropped five on the run to sit second to keep going on the Championship stepping stool. Wellington have grabbed four wins and two misfortunes to sit inside the main four in the Premiership.
Quick FACT (Opta)
Wellington have won four of their last six away recreations against Manawatu, including a 41-29 triumph against them in the opening round of the 2017 battle.
Watch out for
Loot Thompson has been Manawatu’s most hazardous weapon all season and has shockingly been moved from the midfield to the wing for this conflict. He will arrange against Wellington destroying ball Ben Lam in what ought to be an unstable conflict. Thompson is a solid protector who won’t just be entrusted with closing down Lam, yet additionally uncovering him on the assault.
It will be a colossal day or activity at Central Energy Trust Arena with the Manawatu Cyclones playing Canterbury in a square buster Farah Palmer Cup conflict at 2.05pm preceding the Turbos go up against Wellington at 4.35pm. It makes up one of four twofold headers played amid the Wahine Round which will be broadcast live on Sky Sport.
This is a critical conflict for the two groups with a win for Wellington putting them decisively in the race for a best two complete in the Premiership while Manawatu require a win to give some would like to a late playoffs keep running in the Championship. Precisely 70 focuses were scored the last time these two groups conflicted and fans ought to expect similarly the same number of focuses this time. The two groups love to assault and with Hurricanes gloating rights in question their will be no deficiency of undertaking from either group.
1: Faalelei Sione, 2: Sam Stewart, 3: Sean Paranihi 4: Liam Hallam-Eames 5: Nick Croswell 6: Liam Mitchell 7: Adrian Wyrill 8: Brad Tucker 9: Kayne Hammington 10: Otere Black 11: James Tofa, 12: Hamish Northcott 13: Lifemi Mafi 14: Rob Thompson 15: Te Rangatira Waitoka
1: Tolu Fahamokioa 2: Asafo Aumua 3: Jeffery Toomaga-Allen 4: James Blackwell 5: Isaia Walker-Leaware 6: Galu Taufale 7: Mateaki Kafatolu 8: Thomas Waldrom 9: Kemera Hauiti-Parapara 10: Jackson Garden-Bachop 11: Ben Lam 12: Thomas Umaga-Jensen 13: Matt Proctor 14: Losi Filipo 15: Wes Goosen