Live updates: Mitre 10 Cup - Manawatu v Canterbury

Whetukamokamo Douglas in action against Manawatū.
Andrew Knewstubb of Canterbury in action. Photo credit: Image - Photosport; Video - Newshub.

FULLTIME - Canterbury come home strong to keep Manawatu winless. Click here for highlights.

Canterbury 34 (Chay Fihaki 2, Fergus Burke, Mitchell Drummond, Rameka Poihipi tries, Burke 3 con, pen) Manawatu 10 (Josiah Maraku, Drew Wild tries)

76 mins - TRY MANAWATU - Drew Wild runs in a consolation try, and he's pretty damn happy about it! Conversion off the posts.

74 mins - Penalty Manawatu, they're finishing strong here. 5m lineout.

70 mins - TRY MANAWATU - Stewart Cruden with a deft offload to Josiah Maraku, who powers his way over the chalk carrying a couple of tacklers. 

65 mins - Cullen Grace leads another blitz inside the Turbos 22m, but a defensive penalty gives the Turbos a reprieve.

60 mins - TRY CANTERBURY - Fantastic 80m effort from the red and blacks, led by Burke and finsihed by Fihaki, who strides out the final 30m to claim his second try.

58 mins - TRY CANTERBURY - Harmon sparks another raid with a break in the midfield, and Burke flings a ball wide to cash in on a glaring overlap, Chay Fihaki jogs it into the corner.

55 mins - TRY CANTERBURY - Lovely wee interplay between Grace and Romano, who flicks a delightful backhand pass to his wing, who then flings an overhand pass back infield to Mitchell Drummond to score Canterbury's third try.

54 mins - Canterbury raid down the left edge, Knewstubb in the thick of it again. 

51 mins -  Lineout Manawatu, just 10m from the Canterbury line. Great aggressive defence from the red and black forwards to force the turnover by holding up the maul.

46 mins - TRY CANTERBURY - Brilliant individual effort from Fergus Burke, who spots nobody home at the back for Turbos, puts a tactical kick into the 22m, and the ball bounces up perfectly for him to run through, collect and score. Converts his own try.

43 mins - Scrum penalty Turbos, they'll move to a lineout at their own 10m.

41 mins - Error by the Turbos right from the kick off and they're immediately under pressure. Canterbury knock on lets them off the hook.

Second half underway...

HALFTIME - Despite the Turbo's dominance of both possession and territory, they head into the sheds down 10 and without a point to their name.

37 mins -TRY CANTERBURY - Fihaki pounces on a sloppy Turbos kick, sprints to the outside and puts Poihipi over out wide. Burke converts from out wide.

36 mins - Knewstubb intercept at this own 22m, bursts down the right flank, beats one and they're at the Turbos 22m. Brilliant turnover at the ensuing ruck saves the Turbos.

33 mins - Booth dances through half a gap, and the Turbos are back inside the Canterbury 22m. Stray pass bounbces into Canterbury's hands but the next pass is forward. Scrum Turbos near the Canterbury 10m.

31 mins - Penalty Canterbury again, and they can't turn down a gift three points here. Finally we have some points on the board!

30 mins - Punivai with a strong carry, as Canterbury move inside the 22m. Penalty advantage cashed in. Into the corner it goes, 5m lineout.

29 mins - Canterbury penalty, lineout at the Turbos' 10m.

26 mins - Another penalty for the Turbos. We'll go to a lineout at the Canterbury 22m. Knock on at the first phase allows Canterbury to clear.

25 mins - Ball is hacked clear from Canterbury, back we go for a Turbos lineout at their own 10m.

24 mins - Penalty Turbos, Wyness finds touch 10m from the line.

22 mins - Booth intercepts, breaks down the right edge, dragged down just short of the line. Turbos hot on attack...Knewstubb strips and they clear back to halfway.

19 mins - Rohipi through a hole, Cantab 15m out now...Harmon hits a short ball with the line beckoning and spills it, try gone begging. Turbos earn a penalty and clear to the 22m.

17 mins - Solid period of possession for the Cantabs but the Turbos hold out and wn a turnover. They feed a scrum at the Cantab 10m

13 mins - Harmon with another superb break. Canterbury building now. Penalty goes their way. Burke will have a shot here, surprisingly enough. Tricky one here, 45m out on the angle but with the wind at his back...sends it wide right.

11 mins - Harmon breaks! Gets as far as the 22m but runs out of support, forces a pass but it's gone to ground. Turbos scrum.

10 mins - Penalty Canterbury. They'll throw the lineout near halfway, first real opportunity for some possession.

9 mins - Mistake at the lineout and the Turbos have another great chance to attack from a 22m scrum.

7 mins - Huge period of possession for the Turbos ends at 26 phases as the ball spills into touch. Lineout at the Canterbury 22m.

6 mins - 14 phases now for the Turbos but the Canterbury defence is holding firm.

5 mins - Turbos building nicely, edging their way to the 22m, eight phases deep now...

3 mins - Turbos earn the lineout steal and a penalty a few phases later. They'll throw the lineout near the Canterbury 22m.

2 mins - Defensive penalty for Canterbury, they'll find touch and launch from a lineout at the Manawatu 10m.

1 min - Manawatu kick off, Canterbury clear well.. all the way back to halfway.

We're underway...

7:03pm - Both teams are out on the pitch, let's get this started.

7:01pm - It's a mild night down in Palmy, ideal for some open, running rugby.


Kia ora, folks, and welcome to Newshub's live coverage of the Mitre 10 Cup clash between Manawatu and Canterbury.

Updates will begin from 7:05pm.

Central Energy Trust Arena is the venue for tonight's contest, with Manawatu looking to pick up their first win of the season after four tough losses to start their campaign. 

Canterbury are coming off the back of their nail-biting overtime 31-26 win over Wellington last week. 

Headlining the Turbos side is former All Black fullback Nehe Milner-Skudder. Manawatu have made two changes to their starting side with wings Adam Boult and Nigel Ah Wong coming into the 15. On the bench, Tom Hughes looks set for his first game of the season. 

Canterbury have made eight changes to their team, with the majority of them in the forward pack. 

Coach Ruben Thorne has named a brand-new front row, with Sam Darry at lock and Billy Harmon and Whetukamokamo Douglas also included. In the backs, Ere Enari and Andrew Knewstubb have also been added to the 15. 

Newly named All Black Cullen Grace returns to the side to take his place on the bench. 

TAB: Manawatū $8.00, Canterbury $1.06

Manawatū: 1-Chris Eves, 2-Sam Stewart, 3-Michael Alaalatoa, 4-Liam Mitchell, 5-Micaiah Torrance-Read, 6-TK Howden, 7-Shamus Hurley-Langton, 8-Tyler Laubscher, 9-Jamie Booth (c), 10-Ben Wyness, 11-Adam Boult, 12-James Tofa, 13-Josiah Maraku, 14-Nigel Ah Wong, 15-Nehe Milner-Skudder

Reserves: 16-Siua Maile, 17-Tietie Tuimauga, 18-Kyle Stewart, 19-Tom Hughes, 20-Johnny Galloway, 21-Bryn Wilson, 22-Stewart Cruden, 23-Drew Wild

Canterbury: 1-Finlay Brewis, 2-Scott Mellow, 3-Tamaiti Williams, 4-Luke Romano, 5-Sam Darry, 6-Reed Prinsep (c), 7-Billy Harmon, 8-Whetukamokamo Douglas, 9-Ere Enari, 10-Fergus Burke, 11-Isaiah Punivai, 12-Rameka Poihipi, 13-Ngatungane Punivai, 14-Chay Fihaki, 15-Andrew Knewstubb

Reserves: 16-Shilo Klein, 17-Lewis Ponini, 18-Fletcher Newell, 19-Cullen Grace, 20-Tom Christie, 21-Mitchell Drummond, 22-Brett Cameron, 23-Josh McKay.