Central, Moutere fly flag in Tasman Trophy

Central prop Jake Stafford-Wood surges towards the Stoke tryline for his side’s second try at Blenheim's Lansdowne Park on Saturday.

Only two Marlborough sides scored victories as the Tasman Trophy club rugby competition entered its cross-over phase on Saturday.

MBC First XV kicks off the season with six-try haul

Marlborough Boys' College First XV prop and try scorer Ty Bampton carries the ball powerfully during his side's 48-16 win over Roncalli College in Timaru, to open their UC Championship season.

Despite fielding a raft of debutantes, and a long bus ride to Timaru, the NZ King Salmon Marlborough Boys’ College First XV kicked off their University of Canterbury Championship season in winning style on Saturday, accounting for Roncalli College 48-16.

Saturday sport wrap

Central prop Jake Stafford-Wood surges towards the Stoke tryline for his side’s second try in their Tasman Trophy match at Lansdowne Park on Saturday.

Several high-profile Marlborough sports teams were in action on Saturday. Five premier rugby sides were involved in the first cross-over round of the Tasman Trophy club rugby competition, the Marlborough Boys’ College First XV was in action in Timaru and the Marlborough Development football side competed in Nelson.

MBC First XV to tackle new season

Mitch Smith, who will captain the Marlborough Boys' College First XV in 2015, takes the ball to the line against Scots College during a preseason match at Lansdowne Park while being supported by Ma'ara Ave. MBC kick off their UC Championship season in Timaru against Roncalli College on Saturday afternoon.

A new-look team enters a newly-named tournament on Saturday when the Marlborough Boys' College First XV kicks off their UC Championship season.

Tasman Trophy teams broaden horizons

Hooker Jesse MacDonald will be at the core of Central's bid for a place in the Tasman Trophy club rugby final.

Two unbeaten teams lead the way into the second stage of the Tasman Trophy club rugby competition, with cross-over matches beginning on Saturday.

Flankers scoop maximum points

Marlborough Express club rugby player of the year.

Dynamic performances from two flankers gained them top points in the Marlborough Express Club Rugby Player of the Year competition.

Tough contest coming up

Tasman Makos assistant coach Leon MacDonald.

Tasman Makos assistant coach Leon MacDonald talks about the weekend's rugby.

Nelson teams will be a challenge

Former Marlborough Boys' College star first XV player TC Campbell will be one to watch when he takes to the field for Nelson Club in the Tasman Trophy competition.

It’s business time in the Tasman Trophy this weekend when Marlborough teams lock horns with their mates from over the Whangamoas.

The art of deciding under pressure

Decision time follows for Marist as halfback Shaun Begg tackles Nelson #3 Inoke Latu during Saturday's match at Trafalgar Park.

OPINION: Decision making is one of those terms that coaches and commentators like to throw around so I thought it would be worthwhile to focus on what it actually means.

Magpies maintain momentum

Family boasting rights went on the line in the Harlequins v Waitohi division two rugby match at Lansdowne Park on Saturday. Euygene Taylor, right, who played first five for Waitohi, and younger brother Jordy Taylor embrace after a tightly-fought, high-scoring encounter, which Waitohi took out 33-22. The siblings’ proud mother, Andrea Watchman, said she was always going to be a winner, no matter what the score, as “my son’s team had won”.

Moutere continued on their winning way in Marlborough Wadsco division two rugby on Saturday

Harlequins stage second half revival

Harlequins prop Fetu Ieremia tries to fend off a determined-looking Stu Campbell in the division one match.

Harlequins may have taken 45 minutes to find their feet, but when they did they ran Moutere off theirs at Lansdowne Park on Saturday.

Harlequins, Moutere face crunch battle

Moutere number eight Baxter Wilson is expected to be a key figure in Saturday's big game at Lansdowne Park.

Harlequins and Moutere, rivals in the main game at Lansdowne Park on Saturday, are well aware of the significance of the fixture.

Mini Makos camp a hit with kids

Moutere player Finn Neal, left, and Lewis Renner from Harlequins, enjoy themselves at the Mini Makos rugby camp at Lansdowne Park on Monday.

Over 50 primary school-aged youngsters were put through their paces at the Farmlands Mini Makos rugby camp.

Kaikoura make rugby statement

Kaikoura left winger Jeremy Taylor scored three tries against Pelorus at Takahanga Domain on Saturday.

Whale Watch Kaikoura convincingly defeated the previously-unbeaten Pelorus side 50-7 at Takahanga Domain on Saturday.

TRU back in black

Makos and Chiefs back Tom Marhsall.

The Tasman Rugby Union announced a surplus of almost half a million dollars at their AGM on Monday.

Harlequins make statement in Picton

Central flanker Quentin MacDonald bursts clear of the Renwick defence at Lansdowne Park on Saturday.

Scott Construction Harlequins showed they will be a force in this year's  premier rugby competitions with a well-deserved 28-11 win over Crafar Crouch Waitohi at Endeavour Park in Picton on Saturday.

Harlequins reap rewards

Harlequins winger Willie Tau'alupe, pictued here against Awatere last year, scored two tries for Harlequins in Picton.

Scott Construction Harlequins underlined their credentials with a hard-fought 28-11 win over Crafar Crouch Waitohi in Picton on Saturday.

Waitohi desperate for first victory

Flanker Kefu Ikamanu, seen here scoring for Waitohi against Moutere, will be a key player on Saturday.

If Crafar Crouch Waitohi want to defend their Tasman Trophy rugby crown this season, they desperately need a win on Saturday.

Waitohi rugby club enlists new RDO

Kayde Fisher - Waitohi rugby development officer.

Kayde Fisher admits he is "following his dream", after leaving South Africa to take up a role as the Waitohi Rugby Club's development officer.

Club rugby player of the year points

Moutere fullback Johnny Ika.

Two backline players have picked up maximum points in the race for the Marlborough Express Club Rugby Player of the Year Trophy, from Thursday's double-header round at Lansdowne Park.

Game on for new Lansdowne

Lansdowne Park

A proposed $4.8m revamp will transform Marlborough's home of rugby into a multi-sports venue 

Bryce Heem quits Super Rugby

Chiefs wing Bryce Heem is set to take up a contract with English club Worcester after after just one season in Super Rugby.

Tasman Makos and Chiefs wing Bryce Heem is leaving New Zealand to chase his future overseas.

Last-gasp try gives Central spoils

Harlequins No 8 Seymour Lambert kicks ahead under pressure from Central loosie Braden Stewart.

Biddy Kate's Central scored a dramatic, last-minute victory over Scott Construction Harlequins at Lansdowne Park on Thursday.

Central made to work for win

Central winger Alan Dinan tries to halt the progress of livewire Moutere fullback Johnny Ika during the Wadsco division one match at Lansdowne Park on Saturday.

If Marlborough's premier rugby teams harbour hopes of dethroning champions Biddy Kate's Central, they had better come prepared to play for the full 80 minutes.

Harris sets sights on target areas

Rich Harris is the Tasman Rugby Union’s development officer on this side of the hill.

Rich Harris may be the new face at Tasman rugby headquarters, but he's a familiar face on the sporting scene.

Assistant in line if KK gets Blues

Former All Black Leon MacDonald, left,
will take over the role as Tasman Makos
head coach if Kieran Keane is offered a
Super Rugby coaching position before
next season.

Tasman Rugby Union will not stand in the way of Makos coach Kieran Keane if he is offered a Super Rugby coaching role.

Union on track for surplus

The mood at the Marlborough Rugby Sub-Union annual general meeting on Wednesday night was described as "extremely positive".

Super franchises snap up Tasman Makos talent

Chiefs’ recruit
MacDonald is one
of many Tasman
Makos players
involved in Super
Rugby this season

Tasman players will have a greater presence than ever when the 20th edition of Super Rugby kicks off on Friday.

Facing 20 dishonesty charges

Blake Pelham, 17, leaving Blenheim District Court.

Teen accused of stealing former All Black's rugby jerseys appears in court on 20 more charges.

Battling diet challenges 'like KFC'

Atunaisa Moli training ahead of another rugby season.

Rising rugby star 125kg Atunaisa Moli is focused on training and healthy eating.

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