Thirty-four lucky youngsters spent yesterday afternoon rubbing shoulders with one of the best rugby teams in New Zealand at present, the Tasman Makos.
The SBS Makos Kids Day at Trafalgar Park gave the children the chance to play touch rugby and soccer with the Makos, battle them in a tug-of-war, as well as get players' autographs and have a bite to eat.
Ryan Gerrish, 12, said he enjoyed the tug-of-war and tossing a ball around. "It's pretty cool that we can practise and get some good skills."
Helena Odinot, 9, agreed. "The tug-of-war, that's probably my favourite.
"I didn't like the touch, it's not my favourite sport exactly, it's all rough and tumble."
Blair Roach, 10, spent time practising his drop-goals.
Makos hooker Dan Perrin said the day was a good way to thank the youngsters for their support during the season.
"The kids are a big part of the crowd we had at the weekend [in the win against Auckland] and are big supporters."
He thought there could be some potential Makos running around the park.
"There's a couple of good wee goal kickers and some skilful touch players."
- The Nelson Mail