'Wheels' gets his timing just right

Joe Wheeler, right, congratulates fellow Highlanders' lock Mark Reddish after their semifinal win over the Waratahs in Sydney last weekend.

Top level sport doesn’t offer up too many second chances, especially where injuries are concerned.

Foundation player Malneek is a true Mako man

Tasman Makos fullback Robbie Malneek has signed on for his 10th season with the province.

Robbie Malneek probably bleeds shark blood. He is Mako through-and-through.

MacDonald in Maori ABs

Quentin MacDonald: was announced on Tuesday as one of two Tasman Makos in the New Zealand Maori rugby team to play Fiji and the New Zealand Barbarians in July.

Renwick hooker Quentin MacDonald was shocked when he found out through a friend on social media that he was back in New Zealand Maori team.

Waimea College suffer last-gasp defeat

Waimea College First XV wing Sam Pestell in action against Ashburton College First XV at Waimea College

Waimea College might have been celebrating just their second win of this year's UC Championship secondary schools rugby competition on Saturday.

Dagg gets weekend off, Piutau to club rugby video

Israel Dagg's sixth game of rugby this year could be in the All Blacks' historic test against Samoa in Apia.

Assistant All Blacks coach Ian Foster says Crusaders fullback came through camp this week with flying colours.

Moran recalls historic first match

Tasman and Marlborough team mates Mark Stewart and Cory Holdaway congratulate Tristan Moran after his last-minute try in the province's inaugural match against North Harbour in 2006.

Sunday, July 30, 2006 is a day Tristan Moran will never forget.

Nelson College back on track

Leicester Faingaanuku scores in the last minute to win the game for Nelson College First XV.

A last gasp Leicester Faingaanuku try sealed a remarkable 21-19 for Nelson College in their UC Championship secondary schools rugby match against Shirley Boys' High School.

Keep that whistle in your pocket ref

Marist fullback Jackson Harvey tackled by Stoke defenders during a first division club rugby game at Greenmeadows.

What a big weekend of rugby with club games, Super Rugby playoffs, the Baby Blacks winning the World Cup and the naming of the All Blacks squad.

Baby Blacks just one win away from title

Mitchell Hunt of New Zealand is tackled during the World Rugby U20 Championship  match against Scotland.

It may have been Mitchell Hunt’s birthday on Friday but it’s on Sunday morning when he hopes to be celebrating.

Riwaka rugby teams repay the fans at club day

Halfback Andy Tasker rolls over to bang down Riwaka's opening try of their division two 55-22 demolition of Marist at Cooks Reserve, Riwaka, on Saturday.

The crowds showed up for Riwaka's club day on Saturday and the division two rugby team repaid the supporters with a thumping 55-22 win over Marist.

Tasman's rollercoaster decade

A young Makos fan checks out the mascot's teeth at Lansdowne Park.

The Tasman Rugby Union had to fight ruin, relegation and dissolution to get to where it is today, celebrating the first 10 years of their existence.

Tasman Trophy final throws up a surprise

Waimea Old Boys fullback Iliesa Ravudra is swarmed by Wanderers defenders during the Waimea Old Boys vs Wanderers Tasman Trophy final rugby game held at Jubilee Park, Richmond, on Saturday.

Before I talk about the Tasman Trophy final that I watched on Saturday, I need to address the story last week that I am leaving the Makos next year for an assistant coach job at the Chiefs.

'Sledgehammer' tackle career-ending

Marlborough club rugby player Jordy Taylor was left with life-threatening injuries after a tackle during a match in early May.

Jordy Taylor was left in 'horrible pain' after brutal tackle that has ended his rugby career, put him off work and left him struggling to carry his son.

Keane leaves with Tasman's blessing

Kieran Keane, right, is heading to the Chiefs in 2016, with Leon MacDonald, left, set to assume the head coaching role with the Tasman Makos.

The Makos are losing their most successful ever coach, with CEO Tony Lewis confirming that Kieran Keane is heading to the Chiefs next year.

MacDonald to coach Makos in 2016

Coach Kieran Keane and assistant coach Leon MacDonald look on during the ITM Cup Premiership Final match between Taranaki and Tasman at Yarrow Stadium.

Leon MacDonald will replace long-time mentor Kieran Keane as the Tasman Makos head coach next year.

Lock Alex Ainley loving his stint with Highlanders

Alex Ainley of the Highlanders is tackled during the round 17 Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Highlanders.

Highlanders lock Alex Ainley is making the most of his belated shot at Super Rugby at 33.

Baby Blacks seen as real deal

Mitchell Hunt of New Zealand is tackled during the World Rugby U-20 Championship match between New Zealand and Scotland at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi in Parma.

Mitchell Hunt knows first hand the expectation that comes with wearing the black jersey, even at junior level.

Time to cut the weak teams

Kahurangi #12 Michael Wells, seen here on a break against Nelson #7 Inoke Lotui and #6 Isaac Misinale at Neale Park on Saturday, is one of the young  players who has made it into the Makos from club rugby.

Makos coach Kieran Keane argues it is time to cull the weak clubs from top grade rugby to keep the standard high,

Waimea Old Boys pushed at Trafalgar Park

Waimea Old Boys halfback Billy Guyton carries a Marist tackler for extra metres.

If Waimea Old Boys were looking for a tough workout ahead of next week's Tasman Trophy final then Marist duly obliged on Saturday.

College win in the mud

Nelson College First XV number eight Sosefo Vaka in action against Christ's College at Nelson College front field.

Nelson College found some solace in the mud after easing to an important 32-10 UC Championship win over Christs College on Saturday.

National rugby referees visit Nelson

Referee Brett Johnson during the Nelson versus Waitohi rugby game held at Neale Park, Nelson.

Some of the country's most promising referees visited Nelson for a national training camp last weekend.

Club rugby returns to local roots

Waimea Old Boys take on Marist this weekend in a rematch of last season's semi-final.

Nelson Bays and Marlborough club rugby teams revert to the familiarity of their sub-union competitions this weekend.

Crusaders return to Nelson 'impossible'

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

It took four years for a Super Rugby match to return to Nelson and the wait for the next one could be just as long.

Nelson turns up for a Crusaders win

Crusaders players David Havili (ex Motueka High School and Nelson College) and Mitchell Drummond (ex Nelson College) after their 38-15 win over the Hurricanes at Nelson's Trafalgar Park.

Wasn't the Crusaders game at Trafalgar Park last Friday a wonderful night?

Nelson win as Waimea suffer another loss

Nelson College first-five William Havili.

Shirley BHS ran in 36 second half points, including six tries, to eventually overwhelm Waimea College 50-8 in Richmond.

Tasman Trophy finalists decided

Waimea Old Boys forward Jeff Lepa makes a break during the Tasman Trophy match against Central at Trafalgar Park.

Waimea Old Boys and Wanderers must now wait another two weeks until this year's Tasman Trophy club rugby title is decided.

From Nelson College to the Crusaders

Crusaders players David Havili and Mitchell Drummond after their 35-18 win over the Hurricanes at Nelson's Trafalgar Park.

Mitchell Drummond and David Havili, two former Nelson College team-mates, both started for the Crusaders in their 35-18 win over the Hurricanes on Friday night.

Win gives Blackadder a glimmer of hope

Dan Carter slots a penalty against the Hurricanes at Trafalgar Park on Friday.

The will is back but are the Crusaders?

Waimea too good for Central

Waimea fullback Ili Ravudra dives over for a try in the attempted tackle of Central winger Alan Dinan.

Waimea Old Boys underlined their superiority, and maintained their unbeaten run in the Tasman Trophy division one rugby competition, with a comprehensive 60-23 victory over Central at Trafalgar Park on Friday.

Crusaders arrive for big game

The Crusaders were welcomed by fans wanting selfies and signatures at Nelson Airport on Thursday.

The Crusaders have arrived at the battlefield for their clash with the Hurricanes in Nelson.

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