Crusaders hail rookies' win over Reds

Codie Taylor of the Crusaders is tackled during the Super Rugby pre-season match against the Reds in Brisbane.

The Crusaders will introduce more of their All Blacks for Thursday's game against the Highlanders near Gore after a rousing first-up pre-season win over the Reds in Brisbane.

Top rugby action in Blenheim

Crusaders lock JImmy Tupou and Hurricanes lock James Broadhurst contest a lineout during their Super Rugby match at Nelson's Trafalgar Park.

"If we get a good turn out and there's lots of support, maybe it'll only be five or six years rather than 12."

New Makos coach gets to work

New Tasman head coach Leon MacDonald is already well under way with this season's planning.

New Tasman Makos head coach Leon MacDonald is already well-advanced in his planning for the season ahead.

Tasman off the pace at nationals

Tasman's Andrew Knewstubb attempts to bring down Canterbury's Jesse Houston at the National Sevens in Rotorua International Stadium.

Rotorua has been no sevens heaven for Tasman but at least the women's team get to take home some silverware.

Valley climb to top of table

Renwick opener Rikki Bovey slams the ball through the off side during Wednesday's Twenty20 match at Horton Park. The Wairau Valley keeper is Matthew Stretch.

Criterion Hotel Wairau Valley moved to the top of the Marlborough senior Twenty20 table with a comprehensive victory over Guthrie Bowron Renwick at Horton Park on Wednesday evening.

Primary cricketers win

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Marlborough's primary school cricketers made it two wins from three matches at the South Island tournament in Dunedin on Wednesday.

Tasman ready to roll in Rotorua

Tasman's Viliami Lolohea is back to full fitness for this weekend's national sevens tournament in Rotorua.

Tasman will be taking their fittest ever sevens squads north when they contest this weekend's national sevens tournament.

New premier rugby team confirmed

Awatere’s top players, pictured here before the 2014 premier semifinal, will get another chance in the top echelon in 2016.

There will be a new kid on the block when Marlborough premier club rugby recommences in early 2016.

Tasman happy for Hammett to coach Sunwolves

New Sunwolves head coach Mark Hammett will still fulfil his assistant coaching duties with the Tasman Makos next year.

Tasman Rugby Union gave Mark Hammett its blessing to coach Japanese Super Rugby side.

Manning kicks in with Fijians

The victorious Fijian men’s sevens side celebrate their success in Dubai. Jeremy Manning is at front left.

If the Fijian men’s sevens team kick on to win back-to-back world series, it’s a fair bet that Jeremy Manning will have had a hand in their success.

Christie honoured to lead Highlanders

Flanker Shane Christie will co-captain the Highlanders alongside Ben Smith during next year's Super Rugby competition

Tasman flanker Shane Christie has been named Highlanders co-captain alongside All Black Ben Smith.

Sevens sides gather in Picton

Marlborough's Johnny Ika is part of the Tasman sevens squad which will play Canterbury and Wellington in Picton on Saturday.

Top class rugby sevens comes to Picton on Saturday.

Cresswell to try luck in Scotland

Jake Cresswell in action for Marlborough.

Red Devils’ centre Jake Cresswell’s rugby career headed in a whole new direction this week when he set out for Scotland.

Final play anguish for Tasman

Jesse Pitman was a standout for Tasman during the Southern regional sevens tournament in Timaru on Saturday.

Tasman lose Southern regional sevens final after conceding a try after the hooter.

Makos' stint highlight of coach Keane's career ... so far

Tasman head coach Kieran Keane joins up with the Chiefs after completing a successful seven years with the Makos.

Kieran Keane, the Tasman Makos' most successful coach, chats about his time in the top of the south.

Super Rugby return creates interest

Youthful Crusaders and Hurricanes fans enjoy pre-season action at Trafalgar Park in Nelson last year.

It has been a long time between drinks, but Marlborough rugby fans appear to be buying into the chance to catch some Super Rugby action early next year.

Loyalty pays rich dividend

Steve Hansen salutes the All Blacks supporters after the RWC final at Twickenham.

Steve Hansen has many admirable qualities. He's an astute coach, a clever planner, a fine motivator; on occasion lately, a stand-up comedian.

Makos' 2016 opponents revealed

Premiership side Tasman and North Harbour, from the championship division, will meet again in 2016.

The Tasman Makos’ opponents in the round robin section of next season’s national provincial rugby championship have been decided.

Wheeler rues semi final loss

Joe Wheeler has been a tower of strength in the Tasman Makos' lineout this season.

The Tasman Makos’ 44-24 loss to Auckland in Friday’s national provincial championship rugby semi final meant there was no icing on Joe Wheeler’s cake.

Jones: Season ends in defeat

The look on Makos' lock Alex Ainley's face sums up his side's disappointment after Friday's NPC semifinal defeat in Auckland.

OPINION: Well, at least there won’t be prolonged debate over this one.

Auckland too slick for Makos

Akira Ioane of Auckland celebrates after scoring a try at Eden Park.

Auckland have brought Tasman Makos' NPC rugby season to an end.

Heem to face former side

Auckland player Bryce Heem in action during their national provincial rugby game against Tasman at Lansdowne Park in Blenheim earlier this season.

Auckland flyer Bryce Heem will line up against his former team in Friday night's NPC rugby semifinal.

Tasman set to turn tables on big city rivals

The elusive Mitchell Scott has a big role to play for the Tasman Makos on Friday night.

Auckland effectively ambushed Tasman when the sides last met. On Friday night, with considerably higher stakes on the table, the Makos hope to do the same.

Back to rugby post-surgery

Vernon Fredericks, in blue headgear, is pictured during his return to action against Manawatu in August.

Tasman NPC player Vernon Fredericks returns to rugby just six months after having brain surgery.

No Blenheim semi for Makos

Auckland winger Bryce Heem tries to run around Makos' lock Alex Ainley at Lansdowne Park in September. The two sides will meet in Auckland on Friday to contest the NPC premiership semi final.

Tasman will travel to Auckland to play the home side in the first national provincial rugby championship semi final on Friday.

Keane awarded life membership of Tasman

Kieran Keane, now a life member.

It has been a pretty special couple of days for Tasman rugby coach Kieran Keane.

Win for Makos

Makos' halfback Jimmy Cowan gives Taranaki fullback Kurt Baker a reminder of who won the battle of Yarrow Stadium.

Tasman put themselves firmly back in the national provincial championship rugby race with a superb victory against Taranaki

Mount Taranaki to climb for Makos

Taranaki midfielder Charlie Ngatai charges away with the ball during last year's NPC final in New Plymouth. He will be a major player in Thursday's re-match with the Makos.

The Tasman Makos have a Taranaki mountain to climb on Thursday if they are to get their 2015 national provincial championship campaign back on track.

Makos understudies edged by Wellington opponents


In an up-tempo match played at Endeavour Park in Picton, Tasman Development were beaten 36-33 by Wellington Development on Sunday afternoon.

Back to drawing board for Tasman

Makos flanker Shane Christie charges at the Canterbury defence during their NPC match at Trafalgar Park in Nelson.

The Tasman Makos have lost their edge.

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