Competitive rivalry between Tasman and Canterbury

Midfielder Tom Marshall was among Tasman's  try-scorers in their first ever win over Canterbury in 2010.

 Tasman and Canterbury will square off in the latest edition of their intense rivalry in Saturday's premiership rugby final.

Makos on the brink of rugby history

The Makos celebrate their thrilling win over Taranaki that puts them into the national rugby premiership final against ...

The Tasman Makos are headed for next week's NPC grand final after a thrilling semifinal win over Taranaki.

Tasman headed for final

Tasman's Marty Banks tries to avoid the clutches of Taranaki midfielder Johnny Fa'auli.

The Tasman Makos have beaten Taranaki to qualify for this year's premiership rugby final.

Makos deserve their final fling

Tasman's Marty Banks celebrates after scoring the final try during the Mitre 10 Cup semifinal against Taranaki in New ...

It's been building all season.

Buller upsets South Canterbury

Buller's  Penijamini Nabainivalu celebrates scoring a try with teammate Daniel Hytongue.

Defending champions Wanganui will take on the country's smallest union, Buller, in the final.

South Canty favoured in semi

South Canterbury halfback Nick Annear is back in form.

South Canterbury should sneak past Buller on Saturday to make the Meads Cup final.

Makos circling for semifinal challenge

Prop Tim Perry, carrying the ball at Tasman training, will play his 50th game for the Makos on Sunday.

 There is a rising tide of excitement in the Tasman Makos camp as they prepare for their biggest test of their season.

Buller's experience will take some beating

Matt Fetu is the most capped South Canterbury from the 2016 Heartland side. The front rower answered an SOS to return to ...

If caps count South Canterbury has no chance against Buller in their Meads Cup semi-final.

Fonotia wants to delay finale

Kieron Fonotia will make his 64th appearance for the Tasman Makos. But will it be his last?

Kieron Fonotia is fully aware that Sunday's clash with Taranaki could be his last in the Tasman No 13 jersey.

Christie ready for semifinal showdown

Shane Christie will be attempting to lead his Tasman side to a semifinal win over Taranaki on Sunday.

Shane Christie is excited about leading the Tasman Makos into Sunday's NPC semifnal against Taranaki.

Havili extends Crusaders deal

Staying put: David Havili is sticking with the Crusaders.

David Havili happy to continue his professional development at the Crusaders

Rapid rise

Tasman Makos flanker Pete Samu.

This week in our series profiling Tasman Makos players we chat to Pete Samu.

Tasman not getting ahead of themselves

Lock Pari Pari Parkinson is among a host of bright new stars on Tasman's horizon.

The Tasman Rugby Union hasn't entirely given up on the prospect of hosting the Mitre 10 Cup premiership rugby final in two week's time.

Tasman complete semifinal draw

Hooker Andrew Makalio lunges across for Tasman's second try during their Mitre 10 Cup match against Southland at ...

 Tasman will meet Taranaki in next weekend's premiership semifinals after a big win over Southland.

Lowe back on deck

Tasman winger James Lowe looked sharp against North Harbour after returning from a lengthy injury break.

James Lowe has made an impressive return to the Tasman lineup after a lengthy injury break.

Familiar faces stand in Makos' way

Former Tasman favourite Jimmy Cowan, pictured scoring against Southland in 2014, will be playing for the other side in ...

 Makos' head coach Leon MacDonald will come up against a couple of very familiar faces as he endeavours to get the better of Southland at Trafalgar Park in Nelson on Sunday.

Tasman, Harbour battle to draw

Tasman winger James Lowe looked sharp in his first game back from a thumb injury.

Tasman and North Harbour share the points at Albany.

Makos can't shake hoodoo

Tasman fullback Mitchell Hunt is tackled by North Harbour winger Matt Duffie during their match at Albany on Wednesday.

Just when it all seemed to be falling into place for the Makos, along comes North Harbour - again.

'Banana skin' awaits Makos

Makos' winger Viliami Lolohea, pictured in action against North Harbour in 2015, will start on the right wing on ...

When they kick off the final round of Mitre 10 Cup matches on Wednesday, the Tasman Makos have their destiny in their own hands.

Faingaanuku headed for bright rugby future

Leicester Faingaanuku breaks a tackle during New Zealand Schools win against Australia Schools at Auckland Grammar ...

Leicester Faingaanuku has a bright rugby future ahead of him.

Skills are key

Tasman Makos back David Havili on the charge during their game against Counties Manukau in Blenheim.

This week in our series profiling Tasman Makos players we chat to David Havili.

Makalio big hit for Tasman

Makos hooker Andrew Makalio in action against Counties Manukau during their Mitre 10 Cup rugby clash in Blenheim.

Andrew Makalio is making the most of his new lease on life.

Tasman B end season on winning note

Tim O'Malley contributed 21 points to Tasman B's season-ending win over Wellington B in Porirua.

 Tasman B ended their season on a winning note with a 46-34 win over Wellington B.

Bateman back for more

Tim Bateman, pictured scurrying into a gap while in action for the Hurricanes against the Highlanders in 2014, moved to ...

Tim Bateman left for Japan in 2014, because his wife was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Now he's keen to play Super Rugby again.

Havili kicks monster 60m penalty video

David Havili, pictured in action against Auckland last year, kicked a 60m penalty in Thursdays 49-31 win.

David Havili kicks penalty from 60m out as Tasman Makos beat Auckland at Eden Park for the first time.

Makos claim best win of season

Makos' fullback Mitchell Hunt is caught in a double tackle at Eden Park.

A burning desire to make history ignited Tasman's best performance of the season at Eden Park on Thursday night.

Tasman take historic win

Auckland's Steven Luatua offloads in the tackle of Tasman's Shane Christie during their Mitre 10 Cup rugby clash at Eden ...

Tasman remain well in the premiership playoff hunt after a historic NPC rugby win over Auckland.

Bateman to play for Tasman B

Tim Bateman, shown here playing for the Hurricanes two seasons ago, will get some game time for Tasman B on Saturday.

Former Crusaders and Hurricanes midfielder Tim Bateman will play for Tasman B on Saturday.

Season over for Nelson Bays primary schools rugby teams

03102016. NEWS PHOTO. RICHARD SPRANGER.  Counties Manukau Heat's centre Sharnita Woodman in full flight against the ...

 The Nelson Bays under-65kg and under-48kg primary schools rugby teams ended their campaigns in Kaiapoi at the weekend.

Guyton thriving on the competition

Tasman halfback Billy Guyton is confident the Makos can make this year's premiership semifinals.

Tasman halfback Billy Guyton is used to fighting for the No 9 jersey - and it's bringing out the best in him.

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