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Big win for Evergreens in preseason

on Wednesday, 10 July 2019. Posted in Turbos News

Big win for Evergreens in preseason

The Manawatu Evergreens dealt to the New Zealand Defence Force with a wave of tries to claim an 80-7 win in the third match of their preseason at Central Energy Trust Arena on Wednesday.

The 12-tries-to-one thrashing was never a close contest with the Defence Blacks struggling to deal with the pace of the Evergreens and the size of their forward pack.

Despite the score, the match left the Evergreens with plenty of work-ons, particularly in the second half when the match became messy and players were entering collision zones higher than they should.

Their were a handful of injuries, although none were expected to be serious with both Te Rangatira Waitokia and Hamish Northcott leaving after clashing heads, Sam Stewart with a knee injury, Mickey Woolliams with an ankle issue and Sione Tuipulotu with a shoulder complaint.

Within the first 20-minute quarter, the Evergreens had already sealed the match with a 35-0 lead.

The first try came from a short-range charge from Brayden Iose and just minutes later Te Rangatira Waitokia plucked off a pass in the backline.

From the kickoff, Fraser Stone found space and a nice run from Ben Werthmuller set James Tofa away for the try.

Sam Stewart and Adam Boult were the others to cash in with first quarter tries.

Werthmuller, Sione Tuipulotu and Boult bagged tries in the second quarter to give the side a 56-0 lead at the break.

The match became messy in the third quarter as both teams rolled their substitutes.

The Defence Blacks too often kicked the ball away, while the Evergreens were pushing passes.

Sunao Takizawa picked up the only try of the quarter.

Both teams came out with a bit more fire in the final quarter with Tom Hughes, Josiah Maraku and Drew Wild bagging tries for Manawatu and Varsity wing TamaToa Ropati bagging a try for the Defence Blacks.

Stewart Cruden went 10 for 10 with his goal kicking before missing the final two shots.

The standouts for Manawatu were Woolliams, Boult, Werthmuller and Sam Tufuga.

Manawatu 80 (Adam Boult 2, Brayden Iose, Te Rangatira Waitokia, James Tofa, Johnny Galloway, Ben Werthmuller, Sione Tuipulotu, Sunao Takizawa, Tom Hughes, Josiah Maraku, Drew Wild tries; Stewart Cruden 10 con) NZDF 7 (TamaToa Ropati try; Jared Deal con) HT 56-0