Club rugby sides lose Tasman finals


Both Marlborough junior club rugby teams contesting Tasman age grade finals lost away from home on Saturday, the Marlborough Boys’ College Second XV beaten by Motueka in the under-18 decider and Renwick toppled by Waimea in the under-16 final.

Two from three for Tasman teams

Tasman Red Devils skipper Reyne Volavola dots down his side's third try against Canterbury Colts at Lansdowne Park on Saturday.

Meatloaf famously sang, “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad”, but Tasman rugby fans may not agree entirely their teams lost the one match that counted for competition points at Blenheim's Lansdowne Park on Saturday.

Fredericks relishes Makos comeback

Vernon Fredericks

Tasman Makos’ loose forward Vernon Fredericks provided the feel-good story of his side’s 41-21 win over Manawatu at Lansdowne Park in Blenheim on Thursday evening.

Two out of three for Tasman teams

Tasman under-19 midfielder Amos Pogia heads for the Wellington under-19 try line at Lansdowne Park on Saturday with plenty of support.

The Tasman Red Devils came up short against Canterbury Colts during their South Island Invitation rugby competition clash at Blenheim's Lansdowne Park on Saturday.

Second half power surge shuts down Turbos

Marty Banks is lowered in  a copybook tackle.

Tasman continued their blazing start to the National Provincial Championship rugby season, bagging their third consecutive five-pointer against Manawatu in Blenheim on Thursday.

Makos surge past the Turbos

Mitchell Scott of the Tasman Makos is stopped by the Manawatu defence.

The Tasman Makos used an 11 minute second half scoring spurt to bank another five NPC points.

Rugby reps, club finalists in action home and away

Tasman Red Devils midfielder Jake Cresswell will be looking for a big game against Canterbury Colts on Saturday.

Marlborough rugby fans have a chance to see some of Tasman's top rugby talent at Lansdowne Park on Saturday.

Fredericks makes remarkable recovery

Vernon Fredericks, who underwent brain surgery in May, was named on the Tasman Makos bench for Thursday's NPC game.

Hearing his name read out in the Tasman Makos’ playing squad on Tuesday completed a tumultuous and emotional four months for loose forward Vernon Fredericks.

Makos keen to take wind out of Turbos

Makos' veteran Robbie Malneek, pictured here against Manawatu midfielder Jason Emery in 2012, returns to the Tasman starting XV for Thursday's match at Lansdowne Park.

The Tasman Makos sit alone on top of the national provincial championship premiership table - with a very large target on their backs.

Junior rugby reps have mixed fortunes

Marlborough under-14 centre Liam Duncan struggles to break free of the Nelson Bays defence at Lansdowne Park on Sunday.

A day after 15 of the Marlborough under-13 rep rugby team played against each other in the local junior club final, they combined to beat the Nelson Bays under-65kg team 63-24 at Brightwater Domain on Sunday.

Happy hooker prepares for 'family time' at Lansdowne Park

Makos hooker Quentin MacDonald.

Rugby is definitely a family affair for Quentin MacDonald, especially when he comes “home” to Lansdowne Park.

Red Devils beaten by Metro side


The Tasman Red Devils were left to rue a slow a slow start after they went down 28-12 to Canterbury Metro in a South Island Invitational clash at Rugby Park in Christchurch on Saturday.

Pack paves way for Makos victory

Tasman flanker Pete Samu has eyes only for the tryline as he races away to score the Makos' fourth try at Trafalgar Park on Friday night.

In recent campaigns the Tasman Makos' forwards have had plenty to thank their star-studded backline for. On Friday night in Nelson the big blokes up front were able to repay the compliment.

Junior rugby players ready for final fling

Rival skippers, from left, Andre Hebberd (Moutere under-13), Ollie Lawson (Harlequins under-13), Connor Hillgrove (Waitohi under-11.5), Eric Lawson (Awatere under-11.5), Ethan Jones (Central under-14.5) and Aiden Gane (Moutere under-14.5) get a feel for the Lansdowne Park turf before their finals day on Saturday.

The battle for Marlborough junior rugby supremacy begins early on Saturday, with three finals being fought out on Lansdowne Park.

Red Devils face Metro first up

Chris Ranstead, right, tackles a West Coast opponent during the Red Devils' match against West Coast in Murchison. The versatile backline player will start at first five-eighth against Canterbury Metro on Saturday.

The Tasman Red Devils dive in at the deep end of their South Island Invitational rugby campaign when they take on a traditionally-formidable Canterbury Metro side at Christchurch’s Rugby Park on Saturday.

Makos make three changes for Steamers clash

Marco Kotze, left, will join forces with Joe Wheeler in the Tasman Makos' engine room on Friday.

The Tasman Makos have made three changes to their starting line-up for Friday’s national provincial championship match against Bay of Plenty in Nelson.

MBC 2nd XV prevail in points spree

MBC flanker Jesse Eising plunges over the Waimea Old Boys line for a second half try.

The Marlborough Boys’ College 2nd XV survived a second half scare to claim a place in the Tasman under-18 rugby semi finals on Saturday.

Old foe bring end to MBC First XV season

No 8 Isaiah Miller comes under pressure at the back of the Marlborough Boys’ College First XV scrum as his side battles with hosts Nelson College in trying conditions at the school field in Nelson on Saturday. The two sides were barely distinguishable by fulltime, such was the mud.

The final whistle blew on the NZ King Salmon Marlborough Boys’ College First XV season in Nelson on Saturday and with it their time in the blue and gold jersey for several of the team.

Devils win warm-up match against Buller

Chris Ranstead

The Tasman Red Devils came out on top of their warm-up rugby game against Buller in Murchison on Saturday, winning 33-10.

Sin bin for coaches?

The Tasman Rugby Union is considering introducing red cards for coaches.

Tasman Rugby Union mulls red cards for coaches as it looks to crack down on sideline abuse.

Tasman Makos secure bonus-point win in Hamilton

Tasman Makos winger Monty Ioane attempts to break clear of second five-eighth Jordan Payne's tackle.

A late try to halfback Jimmy Cowan helpedTasman secure a 35-20 bonus-point win over Waikato in Hamilton.

Makos open with bonus-point win

Tasman winger Monty Ioane tries to bust the attempted tackle of Waikato midfielder Jordan Payne at Waikato Stadium on Friday evening.

The Tasman Makos kicked off their 2015 national provincial championship rugby campaign with a 35-20 victory over Waikato in Hamilton on Friday evening.

Old foes to meet in late-season clash once again

Prop Ty Bampton will turn out for the Marlborough Boys' College First XV on Saturday against Nelson College in a match which could be the last in the blue and gold jersey for him several of his senior teammates.

Like last year, the NZ King Salmon Marlborough Boys’ College First XV have drawn Nelson College in a semifinal. Unlike last year, it will not be in the main draw of the UC Championship.

Red Devils to take on Buller

Rugby balls

The Tasman Red Devils have their final warm-up match on Saturday before opening their South Island rugby tournament campaign on August 22.

Fins up: Christie ready for action

Tasman Makos captain Shane Christie is looking forward to a tough NPC opener against Waikato.

Makos skipper determined to put frustration behind him as he prepares for tonight's opening match.

Sculpture a talisman for Makos

Nelson stonemason and sculptor Simon Starr is pictured with Tasman Makos  Robbie Malneek, David Havili and Alex Nankivell along with Simons rugby themed sculpture The First Try.

The Tasman Makos are hoping a stone scultpure might be a sign of good things to come as their bid for the ITM Cup looms. 

Defensive duties key if Makos want winning start

Alex Ainley, left, returns to boost the Makos pack for their first NPC match in Hamilton on Friday evening.

It seems Tasman and their first-up national provincial championship rugby rivals, Waikato, share the same headache leading into their meeting in Hamilton on Friday evening.

Rookies set to make Tasman debuts

Trael Joass earns a start on the wing for Tasman's NPC opener.

Two debutants will fill the vacant wing positions with Trael Joass and Monty Ioane both named in the Tasman Makos' starting lineup for Friday's opening ITM Cup rugby clash with Waikato in Hamilton.

Boss predicts more success for Tasman

Tasman Rugby Union CEO Tony Lewis is hoping for even better times ahead.

Tasman Rugby Union chief Tony Lewis foresees a bright future for NZ's newest union.

Win over Coast sets up shield bid

Tasman Red Devils loose forward Cody Weir shows the effect of a tough battle against West Coast in Murchison.

A Seddon Shield challenge awaits the Tasman Red Devils after they downed West Coast 24-19 in Murchison on Saturday.

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