Rugby

Makos profit from making huge strides

Tasman Makos

Tasman rugby boss Tony Lewis is justifiably putting an entirely positive spin on what's been another memorable campaign.

'Magnificent' Tasman Makos come up just short

Tasman

High-octane approach from Makos not quite enough to see them outclass Taranaki in NPC premiership final.

Revenge motivating Makos

Makos graphic

Winning the championship against any opposition would be sweet, but the opportunity to do it against Taranaki would be even sweeter.

Makos look for fairytale ending to rugby revival

Shane Christie

Six years after being saved from extinction, Tasman are bidding to become the best provincial side in the country.

Big week for mighty Makos

Joe Wheeler

PATRICK DAWKINS - Marlborough

What was a big week for Tasman Makos' players Shane Christie, Joe Wheeler, Liam Squire and James Lowe got even bigger yesterday.

Fans vow to get to Taranaki

Marlborough fans pull out all the stops to make the trip to Taranaki for NPC cup final.

Makos end Canterbury's long run as champions

Marty Banks

Tasman are one win away from becoming the first team to win the championship and premiership titles in consecutive seasons.

Tasman end Canterbury's NPC title streak

James Lowe

Canterbury's six-year reign as NPC champions is over after the Tasman Makos' emphatic semifinal win.

Nothing risky about the Makos

Great Taste Trail.

The Tasman Makos are nearing the end of a ground-breaking season. Wayne Martin speaks to head coach Kieran Keane about the team's success.

Tasman up for biggest game in short history

Sophie Mackenzie

Expect both teams to be firing on all cylinders when the Tasman and Canterbury square off in their ITM Cup premiership semifinal at Trafalgar Park.

Bird out to pay the Makos back

Nathan Fa’avae

All Blacks lock Dominic Bird has warned Tasman that Canterbury "are up for some revenge" when they clash in Saturday's NPC semifinal.

Canterbury will be tough, but we're ready

Joe Wheeler

Makos lock Joe Wheeler hopes Tasman attract their biggest crowd of the season when they take on Canterbury in the semifinals on Saturday night in Nelson.

Former big guns no longer dominant

The National Provincial Championship's old guard are getting a shakeup.

Blenheim to host final if Makos make it

David Havili

The Tasman Makos' 38-10 win over Canterbury on Saturday night confirmed they will host one of the two semifinals in the premiership division.

Makos show they mean business

Marty Banks

It's official: Tasman are genuine contenders for the NPC premiership title and only a fool would bet against them.

Christie to celebrate 50th game

Omar Guardiola

Tasman Makos flanker and captain Shane Christie will become the eighth player to achieve 50 games for the province in Christchurch tomorrow night.

Makos prop heads to deep south

Omar Guardiola

It's a strange combination, a South African Highlander in the deep south of New Zealand but Tasman Makos prop Ross Geldenhuys can't wait for it to become reality.

Geldenhuys set to be a Highlander

Jesse Walker

The Tasman Makos' contribution to Super Rugby's player ranks continues to grow after prop Ross Geldenhuys was confirmed as a new Highlander.

Tasman go to script, saunter in

Tasman now appreciate the value of sticking to the script following yesterday's impressive 35-8 win over Counties-Manukau at the national under-19 rugby tournament.

Sonny's set to shine

Sonny Bill Williams

Excitement grows as the biggest drawcard in New Zealand sport returns to face the Tasman Makos.

Nice to have bragging rights over Otago

Blenheim Rowing club

Tasman Makos lock Joe Wheeler is pleased to have 'won ugly' to secure bragging rights over Otago at Trafalgar Park.

Bruised Makos lift for home semi bid

James Lowe

Having lost just one game so far in this season's ITM Cup, and with only three weeks remaining until the knockout round, the Tasman Makos are within reach of a home semifinal.

Ainley defies his job description

Tim Wright

Even for a team as enterprising as the Tasman Makos, someone has to do the donkey work. That's Alex Ainley's domain.

Makos buck attendance trend

fans

The Tasman Makos' continuing success is paying positive dividends at the turnstiles as fans flock to be a part of a winning season.

Union snaps up teen league star on apprentice deal

Tamaira Raurimu-Carew's talents on the local rugby league scene have captured the attention of the Tasman Rugby Union who have signed the young midfield star on a two-year deal.

It's satisfying to finally tame the Wellington Lions

Alex Ainley

Makos lock Joe Wheeler tells of his excitement to be part of the first Tasman team to topple Wellington and hopes for a home semifinal.

Makos quite magnificent

Tim Wright

The Makos were in history-making mode yesterday with a comprehensive 42-20 ITM Cup rugby win over a miserable Wellington side.

How good are these Makos?

Alex Ainley

Were Tasman really good in their historic 42-20 win over Wellington yesterday, or were the capital side really bad?

Makos need to be wary of wounded Lions

After seeing off one dangerous NPC rugby opponent in Invercargill on Wednesday, Tasman face another at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Sunday.

Classy Makos bag the Stags

Jimmy Cowan

If you thought Tasman might curb their attacking instincts after last week's gut-wrenching loss to Taranaki, think again.

Jimmy Cowan signs with Blues for Super Rugby

Jimmy Cowan

Sir John Kirwan has high expectations of former All Blacks halfback coming to fill hole left by Piri Weepu.

Hore on bench for Stags against Tasman

john key

Andrew Hore is in line to make his Stags debut from the bench against Tasman in Invercargill tonight.

Marshall injury forces reshuffle of midfield

Bryce Heem

Key midfielder Tom Marshall will miss tomorrow's ITM Cup rugby clash against Southland through injury.

Tasman U19s hammered

The Tasman under-19 rugby team appears resigned to second-tier status after its heavy 55-13 loss to Canterbury Metro at Trafalgar Park on Saturday.

Makos rue catastrophic confusion over final hooter

Liam Squire

What the hell happened at the end of the Makos' disastrous game against Taranaki? Tasman lock Joe Wheeler gives the players' side of the story.

Clash against Stags will test Makos' mettle

 Donny Clark

Following a last-minute meltdown against Taranaki, a chastened Tasman Makos team heads south today to meet Southland.

Red Devils seek season-ending win

 Anna Archie

The Tasman Red Devils complete their South Island Invitational tournament campaign in Kaiapoi tomorrow when they meet Canterbury Maori.

Clash of the Marshalls sets up intriguing battle

Sam Fu-Allen

The brothers Marshall will be staring each other down when Tasman face off against Taranaki at Trafalgar Park tonight.

Tasman's blitzkrieg too much for NZDF

Pepsi ICC EAP U19 Trophy

A burst of second-half scoring pushed the Tasman Red Devils to a 60-21 victory over New Zealand Defence Force at Lansdowne Park last night.

Time to strike a blow while we're on a roll

Ross Richards

Tasman Makos lock Joe Wheeler looks forward to tomorrow's crucial clash against Taranaki.

Taranaki to provide the sternest test yet for Makos

Tevita Koloamatangi

PETER JONES - The Marlborough Express

 

Red Devils get chance against Defence Force

Malia Manoa

The Tasman Red Devils, fresh from a thrilling 45-41 win over Tasman Griffins on Saturday, will play the New Zealand Defence Force rugby side at Lansdowne Park tomorrow.

First game of season for Tasman Makos

tasman makos mascot

Tasman Makos are hoping for big crowd support in their first Nelson game of the season tonight.

Makos eye steak dinner

Home advantage gives extra edge

makos

The Tasman Makos will relish a return to home turf tomorrow evening , when they tackle an unpredictable Waikato side at Nelson's Trafalgar Park.

Attitude shift pays dividends for Makos

Ross Richards

Tasman Makos lock forward Joe Wheeler explains why eventful draw with NPC heavyweights Auckland felt like 'kissing my brothers'.

Tasman U19s on right track

The Tasman under-19 rugby team are steadily gathering momentum ahead of next week's first seeding game after beating the Canterbury Maori Development team 50-12 in Murchison.

Canterbury again bedevil Tasman

Brandyn Laursen

The Tasman Red Devils could be forgiven if they felt a lingering sense of deja vu as they wound their way home from Kaikoura's Takahanga Domain on Saturday evening.

Makos make it even at Eden

Brandyn Laursen

Tasman still haven't tasted NPC rugby success at Auckland rugby's stronghold, Eden Park, but they came up with the next best thing yesterday.

Victory over Colts critical for Tasman Red Devils

RUGBY PETER JONES - The Marlborough Express

If the Tasman Red Devils harbour thoughts of appearing in the final of the South Island Invitational, a win over Canterbury Colts tomorrow is critical.

Free-flowing Makos get serious

Marlborough’s Eightball Super League

The Tasman Makos have dealt with their first two National Provincial Championship opponents convincingly, picking up maximum points. Now it gets serious.
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