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Saturday sports wrap

Moutere centre Chris Ranstead attempts to shrug clear of a Harlequins' tackler at Awarua Park on Saturday.

Moutere claimed the favourites’ tag heading into next week’s Marlborough division one rugby semi final against Harlequins, with an emphatic 35-18 victory over the same opponents at Awarua Park, Spring Creek on Saturday.

Club sides in semifinal rehearsal

Harlequins centre Chris Tau'alupe takes on the Moutere defence during the sides' previous division one rugby match in April.

Club pride is up for grabs in Saturday's final preliminary matches in the Marlborough division one rugby competition.

St Bede's visit fuels Cragg-Love's fire

Taine Cragg-Love, pictured in action for the Marlborough Boys’ College First XV last weekend, will have plenty to prove when takes on his ex-school mates at St Bede’s College in Christchurch on Saturday.

For the NZ King Salmon Marlborough Boys’ College First XV Saturday’s match on the St Bede’s College front field in Christchurch will be an eventful one. But for Taine Cragg-Love it will have extra spice.

Crucial day looms for footballers

Football

The clash between Central Pirates and Blenheim Valley Development is likely to determine the division one championship.

Makos squad takes shape

Makos' skipper Shane Christie has made a timely return to top-level rugby and is expected to lead the team in 2015.

The 2015 edition of the Tasman Makos, the nation’s most talked about provincial rugby side, is taking shape.

Referee strike will not affect Blenheim game

George Hercus, on the ball here, returns after a week away to strengthen the Marlborough Development defence on Saturday.

It is expected to be a tough, high-quality match when Marlborough Development meet the table-topping Suburbs Seals in Blenheim on Saturday and, unlike their Nelson counterparts, they are sure to have a referee on hand to control the action.

Blenheim South to fly Marlborough flag

Indoor Bowls

Another big weekend is in store for Marlborough indoor bowlers, with fixtures at Simcox Stadium in Blenheim on both Saturday and Sunday, while the Blenheim South fours team heads to Hokitika in a bid to win the regional title and advance to the national finals.

Makos lose exciting winger for season

James Lowe in try-scoring action for the Makos.

The Tasman Makos have been struck a Lowe blow leading into their 2015 national provincial championship campaign with a key backline player ruled out for the season.

Hockey help at hand

Anita Punt

Marlborough’s hockey fraternity have a chance to receive some top level tuition when a series of coaching clinics are staged in Blenheim next week.

Megan Craig named player of the month

Megan Craig has won the PSA Women's Player of the Month for June, and has improved her world ranking.

Top performances in local tournaments helps New Zealand squash player secure accolade.

Rugby

'Wheels' gets his timing just right

Joe Wheeler, right, congratulates fellow Highlanders' lock Mark Reddish after their semifinal win over the Waratahs in Sydney last weekend.

Top level sport doesn’t offer up too many second chances, especially where injuries are concerned.

Foundation player Malneek is a true Mako man

Tasman Makos fullback Robbie Malneek has signed on for his 10th season with the province.

Robbie Malneek probably bleeds shark blood. He is Mako through-and-through.

MacDonald in Maori ABs

Quentin MacDonald: was announced on Tuesday as one of two Tasman Makos in the New Zealand Maori rugby team to play Fiji and the New Zealand Barbarians in July.

Renwick hooker Quentin MacDonald was shocked when he found out through a friend on social media that he was back in New Zealand Maori team.

Kaikoura hold onto division two lead

No 8 Max Boyce, who scored a late try for Renwick,  takes on the Waitohi defence during division two rugby at the Renwick Domain on Saturday.

Whale Watch Kaikoura retained their two point lead in the Marlborough division two rugby race with a tense 23-17 victory over Scott Construction Harlequins at Lansdowne Park on Saturday.

Club rugby semifinalists decided

Waitohi winger Bobby Motuliki tries to pierce the Harlequins' defence during Saturday's Marlborough division one match at Lansdowne Park.

Biddy Kate’s Central will meet Crafar Crouch Waitohi, while Scott Construction Harlequins will tackle Moutere in Marlborough's division one rugby semifinals.

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