Rugby

Highlanders put Crusaders away video

Highlanders centre Jason Emery scores despite David Havili's best effort to stop him in their friendly game in Oamaru.

Super Rugby champs run in six tries to two in a dominant display in Oamaru.

Final replay expected rugby highlight

It's on again. Moutere and Central, pictured during last season's Marlborough club rugby final, will battle for division ...

A replay of the 2015 Marlborough club final highlights Saturday's division one rugby action.

Nadolo and Todd for Oamaru outing

Nemani Nadolo will play for the Crusaders in Oamaru in a friendly against the Highlanders.

Matt Todd and Nemani Nadolo will headline the Crusaders' team for their friendly against the Highlanders in Oamaru.

Coaching change won't be a distraction - Blackadder

Todd Blackadder says Crusaders' assistants Tabai Matson and Dave Hewett have taken missing out on the top job as well as ...

Scott Robertson won't take over Crusaders until end of season.

Topsy-turvy competition

Central player TC Campbell of Central looks to offload during their game against Renwick.

COLUMN: Tasman Makos team manager Martyn Vercoe takes a look at the past weekend of rugby in Marlborough.

Renwick provide rugby upset

Central halfback Curtis Pedersen-Line scurries away from the Renwick defence at Lansdowne Park.

Renwick vividly underlined the unpredictable nature of the Marlborough division one rugby competition with a thrilling 25-23 win over Central at rugby headquarters on Saturday.

Christ's College too good for MBC

Marlborough Boys' College First XV fullback Josh Reece dive passes the ball from the base of a ruck during his side's ...

 A 34-18 loss to Christ's College on Saturday looks to have ended the NZ King Salmon Marlborough Boys' College First XV's hopes of reaching the University of Canterbury championship semifinals.

Rugby tussles will be tight

Renwick's Marika Kuriyalavou tries to break through the tackle of East Coast defender Beco Diez during their division ...

If last weekend's Marlborough division one rugby results showed anything, it is that none of the six teams involved can take any opposition lightly.

College rugby leaders come to town

Marlborough Boys' College First XV replacement flanker Mitchell Boyce prepares to touch down under the Lincoln High ...

The old saying, "to be the best, you have to beat the best", seems appropriate for the NZ King Salmon Marlborough Boys' College First XV on Saturday.

Rare home game for Rai Valley

The Nelson U10 white team, pictured at after a game at Neale Park, Nelson, will play at Rai Valley Area School on Saturday.

Children thrilled to host team mates for rugby game on school field

Too strong

Renwick player Ryan Jackson tries to break through the East Coast defense during their game on Saturday.

COLUMN: Tasman Makos team manager Martyn Vercoe talks about the past weekend of footy in Marlborough.

Rugby results surprise

Renwick hooker Ryan Jackson makes a determined run.

If anyone thought the final chapter of the Marlborough division one club rugby season was going to be predictable – think again.

MBC First XV grab bonus-point win

Marlborough Boys' College First XV No 8 Jaydn Holdaway makes some hard yards during his side's University of Canterbury ...

A second half onslaught, producing five tries and 31 points, enabled the King Salmon Marlborough Boys' College First XV to grab maximum points against Lincoln High School in Blenheim on Saturday.

Halfback Hall heads to Crusaders

Blues halfback Bryn Hall, playing against the Crusaders. He will be playing for them in 2017.

The two-way trade between the Blues and the Crusaders continues with halfback Bryn Hall heading south next year.

First XV on comeback trail

The Marlborough Boys' College First XV will be hoping for more of this type of support when they resume their UC ...

 The King Salmon Marlborough Boys' College First XV begin a run of three consecutive home games on Saturday, keen to turn their luck, and their season, around.

Home-town rugby rivalries resurface

Moutere outside back Chad Ternent tries to elude a group of Harlequins defenders during the sides' first round match-up ...

After a generally-disappointing Tasman Trophy campaign, it is back to business on their home turf for Marlborough's six division one rugby sides.

In charge

Young Marlborough referee William Day officiates a under 11.5 game between Central and Harlequins at Lansdowne Park.

It is not often you see a 15 year-old calling the shots but William Day is the one in charge on the rugby field.

Tasman rugby squad named

Buccaneers player Ethan Blackadder is tackled by Musseleers opponent Te Ariki Ben-Nicholas during the Makos trial match ...

The Tasman rugby selectors have named a High Performance XV squad combining experience and youth to play against their Counties counterparts in Auckland on Wednesday, June 29.

Big moment

Liam Squire is the first born and bred Mako to make the All Blacks team.

COLUMN: Tasman Makos team manager Martyn Vercoe talks about the team's latest All Black.

Butler leads rugby scorers

Mark Butler boots another three points for the Renwick division one rugby team.

Renwick first five-eighth Mark Butler leads the Marlborough scoring statistics after the first two rounds of division one club rugby, with the talented playmaker rapidly closing in on a century.

College match drawn

Marlborough Boys' College No 8 Jayden Holdaway tries to find a gap in the Nelson College defence at the school front ...

 It was not hard to tell which was the most disappointed camp after the Marlborough Boys' College and Nelson College First XV rugby teams drew 22-22 in Blenheim on Thursday.

Wanderers and Nelson into final

Nelson prop Dylan Turnbull gets tackled by Marist loosies Luke Collier, left, and Kasi Sami during their Tasman Trophy ...

Defending champions Wanderers will meet Nelson in Monday's Tasman Trophy final.

Club appeals suspension for ref abuse

Nelson second five-eighth Chris Kerslake, centre, allegedly pushed a referee to the ground during a Tasman Trophy match ...

Nelson Rugby Club is appealing Chris Kerslake's 14-week suspension for allegedly attacking a referee.

Rugby points shared around

Central hooker Jesse MacDonald was one of six players to pick up maximum points in the Marlborough Express Rugby Player ...

Maximum points in the Marlborough Express Club Rugby Player of the Year competition were shared between backs and forwards after the final crossover round of the Tasman Trophy competition on Saturday.

Old foe in town

The Marlborough Boys' College First XV perform their haka. They host Nelson College on the school front field on Thursday.

 It's early days, but the King Salmon Marlborough Boys' College First XV have already arrived at a crossroads in their season.

Growing the grassroots

Moutere under-14 prop Jason Buckingham makes a break during their game against Nelson College last month.

COLUMN: Tasman Makos team manager Martyn Vercoe talks about the importance of developing grassroots rugby.

Moutere team optimistic

Loose forward Vernon Fredericks will be a key player for Moutere as they endeavour to force their way into the Tasman ...

 If Moutere's premier rugby players need extra motivation for Wednesday's NPD Tasman Trophy rugby semifinal, someone should write "70-0" on their dressing room wall.

Squire named in All Blacks

Loose forward Liam Squire has just become the Tasman Rugby Union's first home-grown All Black.

Makos No. 8 Liam Squire becomes Tasman union's first homegrown All Black.

Moutere reach semis

Renwick's Jack Roberton is lowered in a tackle during his side's match with Waimea Old Boys on Saturday.

 A late resurgence by Marlborough sides was just enough to propel Moutere into the NPD Tasman Trophy rugby play-offs on Saturday.

MBC match drawn

Marlborough Boys' College First XV midfielder Isaac Briggs is brought down by a desperate St Andrew's tackler during ...

If the King Salmon Marlborough Boys' College were frustrated by their single point loss to Shirley midweek, they will be pulling their hair out after Saturday's 10-10 draw with St Andrew's College.

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