Key game looms for Nelson College

Nelson College can confirm a home semifinal with victory over St Thomas of Canterbury College in tomorrow's penultimate round of the Press Cup.

Cowan set for Makos debut

Jimmy Cowan

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.

New blood 'sound' in Makos loss

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.

Banks blow for Makos' trip south

Marty Banks

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 control muddy match

Nelson College have consolidated their prospects of hosting a home semifinal after Saturday's 13-7 Press Cup secondary schools rugby win over Timaru.

Time running out for Waimea

Mackenzie Haugh

Waimea College have only two more opportunities to improve their current Press Cup bottom ranking.

Griffins players chase higher honours

Ben Coman

Several potential Tasman Makos could still be lurking in the 22-man Car Company Tasman Griffins rugby squad.

College fullback, centre on attack

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 win in a canter

Waimea Old Boys

Waimea came through in the clutch to comfortably beat Wanderers 41-12 in Saturday's Car Company Nelson Bays club rugby championship final.

Tasman confirm two more signings

 Justin Wehner

Nelson's David Havili and Waimea Old Boys' Jeff Lepa have signed two-year deals with the Tasman Rugby Union.

D-Day looms for Begg as Makos' chances recede

Dave Edwards

With Jimmy Cowan signing up for the Tasman Makos' Marist halfback Shawn Begg acknowledges that his prospects of playing for the Makos have been reduced.

Former Mako makes England team

Crystal Clear

Former Tasman Makos No 8 Mark Bright was this week confirmed in the England sevens team to compete at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Wanderers, WOB vie for title again

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Waimea Old Boys and Wanderers will lock horns for a second year when they meet in next Saturday's final.

Cowan joins old mates at Makos


Former All Black Jimmy Cowan is set to rekindle his New Zealand playing career with the Tasman Makos.

Ex AB Jimmy Cowan signs with Tasman Makos

Jimmy Cowan

Former All Black Jimmy Cowan is set to rekindle his New Zealand playing career with the Tasman Makos.

Scoreline doesn't tell the tale

St Bede's College only partially delivered on their expected dominance despite the obvious disparity of their 44-5 Press Cup secondary schools rugby win over Waimea College.

Waimea end Tohi's unbeaten season


Waimea Old Boys produced some blue collar graft to finally end Waitohi's unbeaten run on Saturday.

Waimea could tarnish Waitohi's crown

Waitohi have already won the war, but there is one final skirmish for them to negotiate tomorrow at Jubilee Park, where an in-form Waimea Old Boys lie in wait.

Waitohi still have work to do

With the Bayleys Tasman Trophy safely stored away in their trophy cabinet for the summer, Crafar Crouch Waitohi could perhaps be forgiven for taking their eye off the ball.

Sights trained on Seddon Shield

Nelson Marlborough Falcons

New Zealand's longest-running rugby tournament comes to Blenheim on Monday, when the Seddon Shield District Primary Schools tournament kicks off.

Hicks has sights set on ITM Cup

 Tom Hicks

Marist's 22-year-old English lock Tom Hicks has his eyes on the prize: Selection in the Tasman Makos' ITM Cup squad.

Waimea College clinically beaten by Timaru BHS

Mackenzie Haugh

WAYNE MARTIN - The Nelson Mail

Waimea College conceded a halftime lead then five second half tries to eventually lose 38-10 to Timaru Boys High School in Saturday's Press Cup match.

Upset Stoke win much deserved

Mackenzie Haugh

Stoke pulled off a stunning 22-20 upset Tasman Trophy rugby win over Wakatu Hotel Marist at Greenmeadows on Saturday.

Waitohi breaks run by Nelson to take trophy

Bayleys Tasman Trophy champions Crafar Crouch Waitohi broke a seven-year drought when they proudly lifted the symbol of Tasman club rugby supremacy aloft at Picton's Endeavour Park on Saturday.

Clubland Rugby Picks

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Young guns on a roll

The Tapawera Rugby Football Club held its club day on Saturday, with the morning's junior matches held in fine weather before the rain set in for the Tapawera senior B team's 22-10 win over Rangers.

Press Cup rivals slug it out in the storm

Jake Wetere

It wasn't a day for flowing rugby but Nelson College emerged with a 17-3 Press Cup win over Shirley Boys' High School in muddy conditions.

Draw ends Suburbs' winning streak

The winning run is over for Suburbs after a 2-2 away draw with Halswell United, their first tie of the season.

College return to winning ways

Nelson College made a positive start to a demanding two week programme with a comfortable 31-10 Press Cup win over Burnside High.

Waitohi one step from title

Unbeaten Waitohi only need a win against Harlequins in Picton next Saturday to secure this year's Bayley's Tasman Trophy club rugby title.

Stoke unlikely to dent Waitohi's title bid

There seems little prospect of Stoke derailing Waitohi's Bayley's Tasman Trophy club rugby title bid when the two teams meet tomorrow at Greenmeadows.

Moutere must win for semis shot

The scenario is simple: If Moutere want to clinch a semifinal playoff spot they must beat Biddy Kates Central at Awarua Park tomorrow.

Young, gifted and going places

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WAYNE MARTIN - The Nelson Mail

There's a raw aspect to new Tasman Makos loose forward Pete Samu that's been creating plenty of interest among the local rugby ranks.

Makos show their teeth for 2014 NPC season

Tim Perry

Ten Super Rugby players make up almost half the contracted group named by the Tasman Rugby Union for the 2014 ITM Cup.

Last-gasp try denies Nelson College win

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Nelson College will be battling feelings of injustice following Saturday's last-minute 23-22 Press Cup secondary schools rugby loss to Christchurch Boys' High School.

Waitohi hold off late challenge

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Crafar Crouch Waitohi continued on their winning way during an abbreviated round of Bayleys Tasman Trophy premier rugby on Saturday.

Trophy almost Waitohi's

Waitohi already appear to have one hand on the Bayleys Tasman Trophy with just four rounds of the club rugby competition remaining.

Concussion cards a wake-up call

After playing while concussed David Havili may never have made the New Zealand under-20s.

Back to business after some DIY and golf

This time of year is a little strange. You are on the rugby treadmill one minute, then all of a sudden you have to stop for three weeks while the All Blacks play.

Nelson fails to field a team

Tasman Trophy match between Biddy Kate's Central and Nelson tomorrow won't be played after the Nelson club were forced to default.

Havili called up for NZ squad

David Havili

Tasman's David Havili has been called into the New Zealand under-20 rugby team after their skipper was ruled out.

Newly confident England a tougher challenge

The All Blacks' first test syndrome struck, right on cue.

Stephens scores four in Nelson slaughter

Turoa Stephens produced another scene-stealing performance despite a muddling 48-15 Press Cup rugby win over Lincoln High School.

Mass brawl halts game at Riwaka

Akeem Wright

Kahurangi are expected to keep their five championship points despite a controversial conclusion to their Tasman Trophy clash with Awatere at Riwaka on Saturday.

Moutere pose critical test for Waitohi

After dealing with Nelson-based opponents over the past two weeks, Crafar Crouch Waitohi face a more familiar challenge at Awarua Park tomorrow.

Only unbeaten sides are to shoot it out

Jesse Pitman

Wanderers and Waitohi face a critical showdown at Brightwater tomorrow.

Top players a part of shield clash

The heat's been turned up on this year's Queen's Birthday weekend Cecil Shield representative rugby clash.

Heat building in race for trophy

Ryan Stewart

Unbeaten teams Wanderers and Waitohi are headed for a classic showdown at Brightwater in next Saturday's fifth round of the Bayleys Tasman Trophy competition.

Quins fight back to win thriller

Matt McCormick

Harlequins edged closer to confirming a semifinal berth in the Marlborough premier club competition with a thrilling 25-23 victory over Moutere.

New faces for Red Devils

Warrick de Waal

There are plenty of new faces in the Tasman Red Devils rugby squad named this week to take on the Tasman Griffins in the annual Cecil Shield match in Nelson.
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