Slim pickings for Marlborough teams

Replacement halfback Bryce Bird scores East Coast's first try.

Moutere book semifinal place.

Moutere reach semifinals

East Coast No 8 Billy Collins, right, is tackled by Marist loosie Ryan Dafel in Seddon on Saturday.

Moutere will be the only Marlborough-based side contesting the Tasman trophy semifinals.

Christie out of Super Rugby

Shane Christie receives medical help for a cut in February 2016. He has been ruled out of the current season with ...

Shane Christie's Highlanders season is over due to "concussion-like" symptoms.

Waitohi decide not to play

Moutere goal kicker Junior Filipo, pictured in action against Kahurangi last Saturday, will be a key player if the ...

The Waitohi Rugby Club has opted not to play their final Tasman Trophy division one fixture on Saturday.

1974 Ranfurly Shield winning coach Jim Dawson dies

Former South Canterbury Ranfurly Shield coach Jim Dawson with his wife Pam.

 The innovative thinker behind South Canterbury rugby team's surprise 1974 Ranfurly Shield win has died.

Playing a safe game

Luke Pannell weaves between the opposition players when Central took on Harlequins in the junior rugby finals in 2016.

I really enjoy getting out and watching Junior Rugby as you get to see young people expressing themselves on a sporting stage.

Falcons back on track

Marlborough Boys' College No 8 Vailua Kaloni charges into the Shirley BHS defence during their University of Canterbury ...

 The Marlborough Boys' College First XV are back on track.

The battle back from brain surgery

Vernon Fredericks

The road to becoming Crusader No 213 has been far from smooth for Vernon Fredericks.

Union offers support to player in coma

Bevan Moody suffered a cardiac arrest as he ran back to halfway for a restart in a club rugby game in Nelson.

The Tasman Rugby Union have offered their full support to Marlborough rugby player Bevan Moody, who collapsed during a senior club match in Nelson on Saturday.

Rugby overshadowed by collapse

Moutere hooker Jacques Taylor fends off Kahurangi
 rival Vito Lammers on Saturday.

The latest round of Tasman Trophy division one rugby was overshadowed by the on-field collapse of Waitohi prop Bevan Moody in his side's match against Nelson at Neale Park on Saturday.

Three wins for Marlborough teams

Moutere's Aisea Halo weighs up his options during his side's Tasman Trophy game against Kahurangi.

Wins for three Marlborough-based division one rugby sides gave Tasman Trophy teams on this side of the hill hope with a week to go before the semifinals.

Eight remain in trophy hunt


Nelson players celebrate winning the Tasman Trophy after the rugby game ...

Eight teams remain in contention for the Tasman Trophy semifinals.

Super Makos travelling well

Tasman loose forward Jordan Taufua, along with several of his Makos team mates, have been stand outs for the unbeaten ...

 The Makos' coaching staff must be licking their lips with anticipation.

Christie's mystery illness lingers

Highlanders flanker Shane Christie hasn't played all season.

Shane Christie hasn't been sighted for the Highlanders all season, but Tasman are confident he'll be fit for the NPC.

Makos hopefuls shine in the rain

Musseleers No 8 Isaiah Miller was one of the stand-outs in the Tasman Makos trial match at Lansdowne Park on Wednesday ...

Two motivated trial teams underlined the growing depth at the top level of Tasman rugby on Wednesday evening.

Dagg's comeback on ice

Israel Dagg's comeback will have to wait at least another week.

Crusaders fullback Israel Dagg will not play against the Chiefs in Fiji on Friday night.

Crusaders cash in on Samu

Pete Samu moved from Sydney to play for the Waimea Old Boys club in 2014, and made his debut for Tasman later that season.

The injury to Kieran Read, and Whetu Douglas's move to Italy, could have left the Crusaders in a pickle. Pete Samu has ensured it didn't.

Playing for a Makos jersey

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Premier Rugby from Awarua Park.
Tasman Trophy match between Moutere and ...

The lure of a Tasman Makos jersey will ensure a hotly-contested trial game at Blenheim's Lansdowne Park on Wednesday.

What a game

Pete Samu put in a solid performance for the Crusaders.

COLUMN: Tasman Makos players made their mark on the epic Crusaders v Hurricanes game, writes Makos team manager Martyn Vercoe.

Renwick win prevents whitewash

Nelson's Isaiah Miller eludes several Moutere tacklers during their Tasman Trophy clash at Neale Park, in Nelson on Saturday.

Renwick spared Marlborough's blushes as Nelson-based sides won five of the six Tasman Trophy crossover rugby matches contested across the top of the south on Saturday.

Falcons lose at home

Marlborough Boys' College centre Heath Murphy, right, tries to keep the ball from the clutches of a St Andrew's defender ...

Marlborough Boys' College learned some harsh lessons from their First XV rugby clash with St Andrews College in Blenheim on Saturday.

Nelson sides hold sway

Renwick centre Regan Marshall makes a break against Marist at the Renwick Domain on Saturday.

With five wins from the six Tasman Trophy crossover matches played on Saturday, Nelson-based sides underlined their dominance of the competition.

Marist sack coach Holder

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 16: A Rugby ball is seen on the pitch during the round 17 Super Rugby match between the ...

Ant Holder sacked as Marist senior rugby coach.

Home on the range

Tim O'Malley returns for Waitohi when they host Waimea Old Boys in Picton on Saturday.

Home advantage could play a big part as Marlborough's club rugby teams attempt to balance the Tasman Trophy ledger with their Nelson rivals on Saturday.

Falcons back home

Nigel Satherley, the most experienced member of the MBC First XV, has a key role to play against St Andrew's College on ...

Marlborough Boys' College First XV head coach Gray Cornelius has a short and sharp message for his charges as they prepare to take on St Andrew's College in Blenheim on Saturday.

Hames happy to blow whistle

Tasman Makos and Chiefs prop Kane Hames refereed Wednesday's schoolgirls rugby match between Waimea College and Nayland ...

Prop Kane Hames occasionally doubles as a referee.

Dagg to play club rugby video

Israel Dagg

Like All Blacks captain Kieran Read last month, Israel Dagg will return from injury through Christchurch club rugby.

Tasman teens take on the world

Tima Faingaanuku, shown here in Tasman Makos' colours, is heading to the world under-20 champs in Georgia.

Tima Faingaanuku and Will Jordan continue Tasman's proud history at NZ Under-20 level.

Cheers for volunteers

Tasman Makos player Tima Faingaanuku was among the New Zealand under-20 team which notched up three wins in Australia.

COLUMN: Volunteers are the backbone of junior rugby, writes Tasman Makos team manager Martyn Vercoe.

Tasman Trophy honours even

Central midfielder Timoci Tavatavanawai was all class against Waimea Old Boys in Blenheim on Saturday.

The spoils were shared evenly between Marlborough and Nelson teams when Tasman Trophy division one club rugby was contested across the top of the south on Saturday.

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