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.

Building a Makos legacy

Ross Richards

It's just two games into the new ITM Cup rugby season and Joe Wheeler's already avoided the nude run.

Campbell wants to be a Mako

Ross Geldenhuys

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.

South African prop fits right in

Ross Geldenhuys

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.

Makos' big moment to make history at Eden Park

OPINION: This year's Makos are all about creating history and we have a great chance to do just that in Auckland on Sunday.

Defensive lapses take edge off win

Tima Faingaanuku

WAYNE MARTIN - The Nelson Mail

Even 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 College fall at last fence

Tima Faingaanuku

Nelson feels the familiar pang of defeat in Press Cup final for second year running.

'Ugly' takes home shield

Marlborough's Red Devils will not be able to get their hands on the Seddon Shield this season, despite Nelson Bays reclaiming the trophy.

Tyler's confidence growing

Ben Tyler

Ben Tyler has emerged as something of the mystery man in this season's Tasman Makos lineup.

Makos put the bite on Magpies

Kelsi Fitzpatrick

JOE WHEELER - The Marlborough Express

Makos star Joe Wheeler gives his view on Tasman's winning start to their 2014 ITM Cup campaign.

Nelson digs deep to secure finals berth

Nelson College

Nelson will take on Christchurch BHS in Press Cup final after a 25-23 victory over Marlborough Boys College.

College aim to make hay on firm surface


Nelson College beat Marlborough Boys' College by a solitary point earlier in the Press Cup season.

Staunch rivals fire up for clash

Marlborough men in the Makos

Once again, Marlborough Boys' College first XV will meet Nelson College with their season on the line.

Finalists face off in season opener

Tasman set to kick off ITM Cup campaign

Marlborough men in the Makos

When the Makos and the Magpies run out on Sunday to begin their 2014 ITM Cup campaigns, the pressure will be firmly on Tasman.

Makos prop keen to get started

Tim Perry

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.

Makos make a stand

Jeff Lepa

Tasman players gave a new meaning to 'team building' as they worked to construct a grandstand yesterday.

Jimmy Cowan primed, ready to go for Tasman

Jimmy Cowan

Jimmy Cowan's been busy reacquainting himself with the stark realities of New Zealand domestic rugby.

'Flat' Makos snatch late draw

Kieran Keane

Tasman's Kieran Keane says his team was 'flat and pretty inaccurate' in a rain-stifled match.

College a mountain for Waimea

Martin Reading

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.

New lineup as Makos face Turbos

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.

Tasman's new scheme to retain talent

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The Tasman Rugby Union has come up with an innovative concept designed to keep its top young talent within the region.

Coach Keane picks a squad to 'step up'

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WAYNE MARTIN - The Nelson Mail

Prop Reuben Northover and threequarter Ben Tyler are the two additions among the seven new faces confirmed yesterday in the Tasman Makos 2014 squad.

Nelson wane in war of attrition

Denvour Kiel

Appalling conditions and a spirited opposition combined to turn Nelson College's 21-5 Press Cup victory into an unsightly dogfight.

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

waimea old boys

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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Clubland Rugby Picks - Who will take out the semi-finals this weekend?

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.
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