All of the Tasman Makos' second tier championship opponents have conspicuously tried to avoid playing them in next year's ITM Cup.
The Tasman Makos have begun consolidating their front-row resources with the signing of Bay of Plenty Steamers prop Kane Hames.
Tasman rugby boss Tony Lewis is justifiably putting an entirely positive spin on what's been another memorable campaign.
Tasman are one win away from becoming the first team to win the championship and premiership titles in consecutive seasons.
Canterbury's six-year reign as NPC champions is over after the Tasman Makos' emphatic semifinal win.