If it's respect they're after then Waimea Combined Schools are certainly earning that.
The Tasman Rugby Union says it won't bow to the public backlash against the new Makos logo.
Although the seventh round of NPD Tasman Trophy play saw Nelson sides dominate on the scoreboard, there were some outstanding performances by Marlborough-based players.
Over the years Marlborough Boys' College has struggled for quality outside backs, but this season they will be hoping their new crop step up and solidify that area.
Power, panache, pragmatism and perseverance on display in perfect round for Kiwi teams.
Marlborough-based sides were totally dominated by Nelson opposition as the second round of NPD Tasman Trophy rugby crossover matches played out across the top of the south on Saturday.
The King Salmon Marlborough Boys' College First XV kicked off their University of Canterbury championship season in superb style on Saturday, beating Christchurch Boys' High School 22-18 in Christchurch.
OPINION: The Tasman Rugby Union should have consulted with the fans before changing the logo.
The King Salmon Marlborough Boy's College First XV rugby team face a long, demanding season, but their captain and coach are confident they are up for the challenge.
The second round of NPD Tasman Trophy crossover rugby games includes several key encounters on both sides of the hill.
Crossover matches in the NPD Tasman Trophy began on Friday and Saturday, meaning twice as many points were up for grabs in the annual Marlborough Express Club Rugby Player of the Year competition.
Tasman Makos team manager Martyn Vercoe talks about the past weekend of Tasman Trophy rugby action.
Giant winger Nemani Nadolo stars as the the Crusaders run over the Brumbies.
Marlborough teams generally struggled to go the distance as the first round of NPD Tasman Trophy rugby crossover matches was played out across the top of the south on Friday and Saturday.
The first round of Tasman Trophy rugby crossover matches produced some tight scorelines and plenty of try-scoring action across the top of the south.
If the first match in the Tasman Trophy crossover series is anything to go by, club rugby fans in the top of the south are in for a thrilling few weeks.
They're not good enough for the Tasman Makos. They should be shipped off to children in Africa, fans say.
Jamie Joseph demands improvements after loss in Brisbane leaves Super Rugby champions red-faced.
Former Wallaby Richard Kingi relaunches rugby career in Marlborough after health issues.
The feature match in the first round of NPD Tasman Trophy crossover matches will take place at Brightwater, near Nelson, on Saturday.
The Tasman Makos selectors are casting their net wide this season, in a bid to find players from the club scene capable of playing for the region's flagship rugby team.
Moutere fullback Johnny Ika, whose ability to spark try-scoring opportunities out of nothing made the difference in his side's win over Waitohi in Picton on Saturday, picked up three points in the Marlborough Express senior club rugby Player of the Year competition.
Highlanders wing behind schedule in recovery from leg injury, but Ben Smith could be back to face Sharks.
Tasman Makos team manager Martyn Vercoe gives his take on the Waitohi v Moutere NPD Tasman Trophy game from the weekend.
Expansion teams struggle as Sunwolves, Kings and Jaguares endure tough initiation
The Crusaders will have a total of nine days to prepare for their match against the Brumbies in Canberra next Sunday.
Moutere came out on top of a try-fest in Picton on Saturday, drawing level with Central at the top of the Marlborough division one rugby standings heading into Tasman Trophy play.
The Crusaders scored five tries in beating the Jaguares 32-15.
Waitohi have put a slow start behind them to become the form team in Marlborough division one rugby.