A remarkable late fightback wasn't enough for the Tasman White Pointers.
Tasman Makos renowned for their attacking attitude but it was defence that got them home at Trafalgar Park.
Tasman miss out on reaching South Island under-20 rugby final, despite demolishing Otago
LEAGUE WAYNE MARTIN - © Fairfax NZ NewsTasman Titans miss their last chance at defending their South Island premier rugby league title.
Tasman Makos' hooker set to join Half-Ton club - and he doesn't want the occasion ruined.
There's an upside to what once would have been considered a potential disaster.
PETER JONES - © Fairfax NZ NewsMarlborough's most capped All Black and one of the province's most famous sportsmen.
Tim Perry doesn't need reminding about last season's North Harbour encounter.
Don McLean is confident his side can notch up their first win in the South Island competition.
What's in a name? Well, if you are the Canterbury Rugby League, obviously quite a lot.
Last week was tough. Tomorrow will be even tougher.
He's the new chief executive of back-to-back Super Rugby champions the Chiefs.
No word yet but it appears lengthy rugby coaching career could be at an end.
Heart-stopping 29-28 win means Tasman's season is now officially back on track.
Team not too far off the pace following Saturday's 19-10 loss at Trafalgar Park.
Competition within the Tasman Makos ITM Cup rugby squad has forced the selectors' hands.
Tasman White Pointers will have four Tasman Makos players when they meet the Canterbury Colts.
League hits town tomorrow with a triple-header headlined by the opening game in Titans' title defence.
It could almost be the ideal rugby experience for Tasman Makos midfielder Andy Symons.
Lifting financial burden off provincial unions major focus of new player collective agreement.
Mitchell Hunt launching the next phase of his promising young playing career.
Two foreigners dumped as coaches of Aussie international sports teams within the space of just a few weeks.
Wanderers face arguably their toughest assignment of the season in tomorrow's semifinals.
The Tasman Makos' brief is now perfectly clear: beat North Harbour and win a home semi final.
Undefeated Nelson Bay's under-18 side confident ahead of South Island rugby tournament finals.
Andrew Goodman would love nothing better than to celebrate his 50th game for Tasman with a win.
Otago 32 - Tasman 13
Video: Otago backed up Tuesday's romp against North Harbour with another crucial ITM Cup rugby win over Tasman in Dunedin.
WAYNE MARTIN - © Fairfax NZ NewsBryce Heem returns from injury as the only change to the Tasman Makos starting lineup to play Northland in tomorrow's ITM Cup clash in Blenheim.
Tasman 13 - Southland 10
Tasman have finally beaten their Southland bogey after a hard-fought 13-10 ITM Cup rugby win over the Stags at Blenheim's Lansdowne Park last night.
The Tasman Makos produced the perfect tonic for last week's disappointments with a spirited 27-3 ITM Cup rugby win over Manawatu in Palmerston North yesterday.
Tasman Makos coach Kieran Keane and his assistant Leon MacDonald have named an unchanged team to challenge Taranaki for the Ranfurly Shield at New Plymouth on Saturday night.
Rivalry is building between Tasman and Taranaki fans ahead of Saturday's Ranfurly Shield clash.
Andrew Flexman could be excused for sporting one of the broadest grins at Tasman Rugby Union headquarters.
The Tasman Makos wrapped up their pre-season match buildup for the ITM Cup with a massacre at Murchison on Saturday, a 102-0 thrashing of West Coast in what amounted to little more than an opposed training run – and even the opposed bit was questionable on occasions.
Retiring rugby coach Tony Cadigan acknowledged the perfect sendoff after his Waimea College First XV handed him some well-deserved silverware.
Mitchell Drummond is this year's winner of the most outstanding individual player of the Press Cup award.
Marlborough and Nelson Bays at Lansdowne Park turned into a one-sided 47-7 romp for the visitors.
JONATHAN MCKEOWN - © Fairfax NZ NewsWhen Stoke women's sevens team run out on Jubilee Park in Richmond this afternoon they will call on the experience of Moana Forbes.
A new temporary uncovered stand will be completed in time for the Tasman Makos' ITM Cup match against Canterbury.
Rugby referee Dean Bruning is not phased by the idea of being put under pressure by 50,000 fans questioning one of his calls.
The Tasman Makos stretched their legs towards their ITM Cup rugby campaign with a convincing 29-5 win over the Cantabrians at Takahanga Domain in Kaikoura yesterday.
Galbraith Group Nelson has rounded off a dream season with a 30-10 finals win over Accessman Stoke.
Nelson College will take winning momentum into today's quadrangular rugby tournament after a handy 36-5 Press Cup success.
WAYNE MARTIN - © Fairfax NZ NewsThe Nelson College first XV face a gruelling week-long schedule as they prepare to head to next week's annual quadrangular rugby tournament in Christchurch.
A timely piece of opportunism by left wing Connor Trathen helped Marist secure second place and a date with Stoke in next weekend's Car Company Nelson Bays division one rugby playoffs.
It was hard work for sure, but Waimea Old Boys' 20-15 victory over Stoke in Saturday's rain-drenched Jubilee Park final has confirmed their standing as the dominant force in Tasman women's club rugby.
WAYNE MARTIN - © Fairfax NZ NewsFour teams will tomorrow vie for just two places in the semi-finals of the Nelson Bays division one rugby competition.
WAYNE MARTIN - © Fairfax NZ NewsWaimea Old Boys were thankful for every centimetre of lock Tevita Cavubati's lanky 1.98m frame on Saturday.
Golden Bay-Motueka remain on course to defend their under-52kg rugby title after a comprehensive win over West Coast.
It's safe to talk under-20s rugby with James Lowe now.