Saturday, 18 August at 2:35 PM,
Score : 24-19,
Two debutants and the selection of Nehe Milner-Skudder headline the Turbos side to take on Waikato in the first round of the Mitre 10 Cup. The match provides a great chance for the Turbos to get their campaign off to a winning start against the freshly relegated Waikato.
Fullback Junior Laloifi and second five-eighth Rob Thompson will be playing their first games for the Turbos. There are also four Turbos debutants on the bench in Sam Stewart, Faalelei Sione, Brad Tucker and Sam Wasley.
Milner-Skudder, who has been released by the All Blacks for the first game of the season, will start on the left wing, while Jade Te Rure gets the nod at first five-eighth after recovering from the knee injury he picked up in the preseason. The man to watch will be newly contracted Hurricanes lock/ blindside flanker Liam Mitchell.
The Mooloo men will have plenty of reason to be fired up for the match having been demoted from the premiership division last year. Their 2017 season included a 23-10 loss to Manawatu in Hamilton.
In that match, the Turbos frontrow got hammering Waikato up front and halfback Jamie Booth turned on a dazzling display.
Booth, like last year, will add impact off the bench.