By Myles Hume
Canterbury have shrugged off a competitive Manawatu side to run away with a 42-15 romping.
After two recent losses to Southland and Wellington in premiership matches, Canterbury put on a convincing display to put their season back on track at Christchurch’s Rugby Park.
It was all the Turbo’s in the opening 20 minutes when they bolted out to a 0-10 lead but Canterbury soon flicked the switch to run away with the match.
Canterbury opened their account through the boot of Tyler Bleyendaal who performed well in only his second ITM Cup match at first five-eighth.
A try to halfback Willi Heinz quickly followed after wing Patrick Osborne made an illusive run down the left hand flank to put him over for a converted try to even up the scores at 10-10.
Minutes after it was the other wing Telusa Veainu involved, after a slicing break by flanker Matt Todd who threw a quality pass to his wing to score on the half-time hooter.
The game lulled early in the second half but Canterbury struck in the 63rd minute when openside Brendon O’Connor latched onto a Robbie Fruean offload after a bustling run and lead 23-10.
The game opened up in the final 10 minutes and Canterbury pounced, scoring three tries.
Bleyendaal topped off a solid match by sneaking over near the posts and Fruean used his pace and power to bag a double in four minutes.
Manawatu halfback Aaorn Smith scored again in the final minutes but it was to no avail, as the red-and-blacks stamped their authority back on the competition in style.
Canterbury – 42 (tries: Willi Heinz, Telusa Veainu, Brendon O’Connor, Tyler Bleyendaal, Robbie Fruean 2; Bleyendaal 3 conv, 2 pen)
Manawatu – 15 (tries: Aaron Smith 2; Aaron Cruden 1 conv, 1 pen)