Key midfielder Tom Marshall will miss tomorrow's ITM Cup rugby clash against Southland through injury.
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.
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.
Following a last-minute meltdown against Taranaki, a chastened Tasman Makos team heads south today to meet Southland.
The Tasman Red Devils complete their South Island Invitational tournament campaign in Kaiapoi tomorrow when they meet Canterbury Maori.
The brothers Marshall will be staring each other down when Tasman face off against Taranaki at Trafalgar Park tonight.
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.
Tasman Makos lock Joe Wheeler looks forward to tomorrow's crucial clash against Taranaki.
PETER JONES - The Marlborough Express
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.
Tasman Makos are hoping for big crowd support in their first Nelson game of the season tonight.
Home advantage gives extra edge
The Tasman Makos will relish a return to home turf tomorrow evening , when they tackle an unpredictable Waikato side at Nelson's Trafalgar Park.
Tasman Makos lock forward Joe Wheeler explains why eventful draw with NPC heavyweights Auckland felt like 'kissing my brothers'.
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.
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.
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.
RUGBY PETER JONES - The Marlborough ExpressIf the Tasman Red Devils harbour thoughts of appearing in the final of the South Island Invitational, a win over Canterbury Colts tomorrow is critical.
The Tasman Makos have dealt with their first two National Provincial Championship opponents convincingly, picking up maximum points. Now it gets serious.
It's just two games into the new ITM Cup rugby season and Joe Wheeler's already avoided the nude run.
Te Hauora Campbell, better known as T C, has some big decisions to make on his future. But right now one thing's certain - he wants to be a rugby player.
Being one of the big boys up front for the free-running Tasman Makos side in the National Provincial Championship rugby competition can be a double-edged sword.
OPINION: This year's Makos are all about creating history and we have a great chance to do just that in Auckland on Sunday.
WAYNE MARTIN - The Nelson MailEven another record-breaking ITM Cup rugby win wasn't enough to satisfy all the protagonists after the Tasman Makos took Bay of Plenty apart.
Nelson feels the familiar pang of defeat in Press Cup final for second year running.
Marlborough's Red Devils will not be able to get their hands on the Seddon Shield this season, despite Nelson Bays reclaiming the trophy.
Ben Tyler has emerged as something of the mystery man in this season's Tasman Makos lineup.
JOE WHEELER - The Marlborough ExpressMakos star Joe Wheeler gives his view on Tasman's winning start to their 2014 ITM Cup campaign.
Nelson will take on Christchurch BHS in Press Cup final after a 25-23 victory over Marlborough Boys College.
Nelson College beat Marlborough Boys' College by a solitary point earlier in the Press Cup season.
Once again, Marlborough Boys' College first XV will meet Nelson College with their season on the line.
Tasman set to kick off ITM Cup campaign
When the Makos and the Magpies run out on Sunday to begin their 2014 ITM Cup campaigns, the pressure will be firmly on Tasman.
After an injury-disrupted Super Rugby campaign, Makos prop Tim Perry can't wait to front up against Hawke's Bay at Blenheim's Lansdowne Park on Sunday.
Tasman players gave a new meaning to 'team building' as they worked to construct a grandstand yesterday.
Jimmy Cowan's been busy reacquainting himself with the stark realities of New Zealand domestic rugby.
Tasman's Kieran Keane says his team was 'flat and pretty inaccurate' in a rain-stifled match.
On paper it's looks like one of the biggest mismatches of the Press Cup. But where Nelson College and Waimea College are involved, nothing's ever a given.
Another piece of the Tasman Makos' pre-season puzzle falls into place tomorrow when they play the Manawatu Turbos in their final warmup match at Trafalgar Park, in Nelson.
The Tasman Rugby Union has come up with an innovative concept designed to keep its top young talent within the region.
WAYNE MARTIN - The Nelson MailProp Reuben Northover and threequarter Ben Tyler are the two additions among the seven new faces confirmed yesterday in the Tasman Makos 2014 squad.
Appalling conditions and a spirited opposition combined to turn Nelson College's 21-5 Press Cup victory into an unsightly dogfight.
Nelson College can confirm a home semifinal with victory over St Thomas of Canterbury College in tomorrow's penultimate round of the Press Cup.
Jimmy Cowan will make his first appearance for the Tasman Makos when he starts off the bench in tomorrow's pre-season match against Otago.
Tasman Makos coach Kieran Keane hoped that some of his younger charges would heed important lessons in the wake of yesterday's 24-22 loss to Canterbury.
Marty Banks is expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks after a knee injury ruled him out of the Tasman Makos' southern tour.
Nelson College have consolidated their prospects of hosting a home semifinal after Saturday's 13-7 Press Cup secondary schools rugby win over Timaru.
Waimea College have only two more opportunities to improve their current Press Cup bottom ranking.
Several potential Tasman Makos could still be lurking in the 22-man Car Company Tasman Griffins rugby squad.
Nelson College backs seized an opportunity to shine as the home team demolished St Andrews College 50-0 in their Press Cup secondary schools rugby match at Trafalgar Park
Waimea came through in the clutch to comfortably beat Wanderers 41-12 in Saturday's Car Company Nelson Bays club rugby championship final.
Nelson's David Havili and Waimea Old Boys' Jeff Lepa have signed two-year deals with the Tasman Rugby Union.