Rugby

Forwards dominate

East Coast hooker Billy Collins gained maximum points in the Express Trophy competition after his display against ...

 Forwards dominated the point scoring in the Marlborough Express Club Rugby Player of the Year competition after Saturday's NPD Tasman Trophy crossover matches.

MBC lose to Shirley

Isaac Briggs, with the ball, was the outstanding back for the Marlborough Boys' College First XV when they met Shirley ...

The Marlborough Boys' College First XV's roller coaster rugby season continued in Christchurch on Tuesday, losing 8-7 to Shirley Boys' High School.

Last chance

Central player TC Campbell dodges through the Marist defense during their game at Lansdowne Park on Saturday.

COLUMN: Tasman Makos team manager Martyn Vercoe talks about the past weekend of rugby action.

NZ derbies set to boost Super Rugby video

Appearances are deceiving: At first glance it looks like the Crusaders were playing on Loftus Versfeld but it is ...

The 13th round action did not impact significantly the New Zealand conference.

Magpies, Coasters shine

Central number eight Te Ariki Ben-Nicholas runs the ball out from under his posts during his side's match against Marist ...

Moutere kept their slim hopes of reaching the NPD Tasman Trophy rugby semi finals alive with a one-point victory in Riwaka on Saturday.

Crunch time

Braden Stewart, pictured in action for the Musseleers at Lansdowne Park on Wednesday, is expected to be a key player for ...

It may be an over-used cliche, but Saturday really is "crunch time" for Marlborough sides in the NPD Tasman Trophy race.

Musseleers win

Musseleers midfielder Alex Nankivell breaks through the Buccaneers defensive line at Lansdowne Park on Wednesday night.

Tasman Makos head coach Leon MacDonald was impressed with the standard of play in Wednesday night's Musseleers v Buccaneers rugby match at Lansdowne Park.

Zac back for duel with Dagg

Zac Guildford (L) celebrates a try for the Crusaders with Israel Dagg in 2012. Guildford will be playing for the ...

Zac Guildford returns from injury in time to line up for the Waratahs against his old team the Crusaders.

Joe Wheeler off to Japan

Joe Wheeler dots down for his beloved Tasman Makos.

Tasman Makos and Highlanders favourite Joe Wheeler has decided his immediate future lies overseas.

Top players recognised

East Coast flanker Steve Crudis picked up three points for his efforts against Kahurangi on Saturday.

 Flankers were to the fore when the latest allocation of points in the Marlborough Express Club Rugby Player of the Year competition were handed out.

Makos jerseys up for grabs

Waitohi first five-eighth Tim O'Malley will wear the number 10 jersey for the Musseleers on Wednesday night.

 Leading club rugby players from the Tasman region have a golden opportunity to press their claims for inclusion in the 2016 Makos squad at Blenheim's Lansdowne Park on Wednesday.

Marty Banks' three wishes

Tasman Makos first five-eighth Marty Banks, right, has confirmed he is heading offshore to play for Benetton Treviso.

Highlanders and Makos star reveals his three wishes for 2016 before heading off to play in Italy.

Southerners set Super standard video

Waisake Naholo at the double: The Highlanders wing, seen here evading the tackle of marker Jone Macilai, notched another ...

Highlanders, Crusaders set the standard with Super Rugby stunner.

Waitohi best of the bunch

Moutere flanker Vernon Fredericks battles to break clear of this tackle from his Nelson rival, David Egelstaff, at ...

 Waitohi underlined their liking for the NPD Tasman trophy club rugby competition by scoring a notable victory away from home on Saturday.

Marty Banks heading to Italy

Marty Banks will head overseas at the end of the season.

Highlanders and Tasman Makos pivot is joining Bennetton next season.

Osborne gives up on ABs

Highlanders wing Patrick Osborne is poised to make his test debut for Fiji in next month's Pacific Nations Cup after ...

Highlanders wing commits to play test rugby for Fiji and re-signs with franchise.

Tasman Trophy trend a concern

Moutere's bench players watch on during their match against Waitohi in Picton last month. Injuries have added to the ...

The NPD Tasman Trophy senior rugby competition is in danger of turning into a Nelson benefit.

Time to tackle

Harlequins rugby club under 8 coach Bruce Muir works on tackling techniques with Cayse Winitana, 7, at the team's ...

 Marlborough under-8 rugby players are rearing to go for their first season of tackle rugby.

Deaf fans get supportive message across

Crusaders fullback Israel Dagg practices sign language with Deaf Aotearoa members Deborah Jamieson, left, and Hanna Deal.

Deaf Crusaders fans attended training at Rugby Park on Wednesday as part of New Zealand Sign Language Week

Highlanders plan to limit Dagg video

Israel Dagg celebrates a try for Crusaders wing Jone Macilai against the Reds last Friday at AMI Stadium.

Highlanders wary of Israel Dagg's bid to regain All Black jersey

Can Ben Smith tame Israel Dagg?

Israel Dagg (L) and Ben Smith contest a high ball. The clash between the two All Blacks is one of many absorbing ...

Head-to-head duels abound in Friday's important clash between the champion Highlanders and top of the table Crusaders.

Drummond has foot in both camps

Shane Drummond admits to having a foot in both camps in Dunedin this weekend.

Shane Drummond's support for his son Mitchell has never wavered.

Naholo primed for homecoming

Centre of attention: Waisake Naholo scored twice in his Super Rugby comeback against the Chiefs in Hamilton and is now ...

The Highlanders' returning strike weapon was formidable against the Chiefs - now to complete the comeback against the Crusaders.

Number eights shine

Renwick fullback Glen Ballam picked up three points in the Marlborough Express Player of the Year competition after a ...

Three number eights were among the maximum point scorers in the Marlborough Express Rugby Player of the Year competition after Saturday's matches across the top of the south.

Commentator's curse

Harlequins winger Willie Tua'alupe tries to break through the Stoke defence at Lansdowne Park, Blenheim.

Tasman Makos team manager Martyn Vercoe gives his insight into the past weekend of rugby in the Tasman area.

Incentive for rugby referees

Mike Lash referees a UC Championship rugby match involving Nelson College last year.

Nelson company teams up with Tasman Rugby Union in a bid to attract more referees to the sport.

Chiefs, Hurricanes mull over losses video

Highlanders wing Waisake Naholo crashes through the tackle of Damian McKenzie to notch the first of his double against ...

Highlanders, Crusaders set for classic in Dunedin as defending Super Rugby champs make statement in Hamilton.

MBC maul Roncalli

MBC First XV fullback Josh Reece attempts to step out of a tackle on the college front field on Saturday.

The King Salmon Marlborough Boys' College First XV bounced back from their midweek loss to Waimea in emphatic style on Saturday, sweeping aside Timaru's Roncalli College 76-0.

Saturday sports wrap

Harlequins first five Aisea Halo bursts clear of the Stoke defence at Lansdowne Park on Saturday.

Harlequins provided the highlight for Marlborough club teams in the latest round of NPD Tasman Trophy rugby on Saturday afternoon.

Crusaders' charge down video

The Crusaders celebrate one of Jone Macilai 's three tries against the Reds.

How often do you see a goal-kick charged down in Super Rugby?

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