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Makos put 50 on Southland

Tasman 50 (Viliami Lolohea 2, Ethan Blackadder, Pete Samu, Jordan Taufua, James Lowe, Alex Nankivell tries, Mitch Hunt try, con, Tim O’Malley 4 con) v Southland 17 (Elliot Dixon, Aleki Morris, Mike Molly tries, Scott Eade con)

Makos named to play Stags on Sunday

Will Jordan, Viliami Lolohea, Trael Joass, Alex Nankivell, James Lowe, Tim O'Malley, Finlay Christie; Jordan Taufua (vice captain), Pete Samu, Ethan Blackadder, Quinten Strange, Shannon Frizell, Tyrel Lomax, Andrew Makalio, Tim Perry (captain). Reserves: Ti'i Paulo, Tom Hill, Siua Halanukonuka, Vernon Fredericks, Pari Pari Parkinson, Billy Guyton, Mitch Hunt, Robbie Malneek.

Ethan Blackadder ticking all the boxes

Ethan Blackadder has pulled on the Makos' jersey 13 times now but it's only this season that he's earned a starting role as blindside flanker.

Meet the coaches

Leon MacDonald is in his second year as Head Coach of the Tasman Makos, having been assistant coach from 2011-2015. Leon brings huge experience to our set up on the back of a storied playing career and coaching gigs with NZ Under 20’s and the Crusaders.

Depleted Tasman hold on to beat Otago

Tasman 29 (Penalty try, Levi Aumua, James Lowe, Will Jordan tries; Mitch Hunt 2 con, pen) v Otago 27 (Sione Teu, Sio Tomkinson, Teihorangi Walden tries; Fletcher Smith 3 con, 2 pen). HT: 22 - 13.

Fredericks reaches 50 in team to play Otago

Tasman Makos: Will Jordan, Tima Faingaanuku, Levi Aumua, Alex Nankivell, James Lowe, Mitch Hunt, Billy Guyton; Jordan Taufua, Vernon Fredericks, Ethan Blackadder, Quinten Strange, Alex Ainley (captain), Isaac Salmon, Andrew Makalio, Tim Perry. Reserves: Ti'i Paulo, Tom Hill, Drew Petelo, Shannon Frizell, Pete Samu, Finlay Christie, Tim O'Malley, Trael Joass.

Tasman end Wellington's unbeaten run

Tasman 37 (Tim Perry, Will Jordan, James Lowe, Mitch Hunt tries, Hunt 4 con, 3 pen) v Wellington 35 (Alex Fidow, Ben Lam, Sam Lousi, James Blackwell, Losi Filipo tries, Jackson Garden-Bachop 5 con) HT: 13-21.

Old Dog' Billy Guyton keen to teach youngsters new tricks

Billy Guyton can see the amusing side of his newly-acquired 'old man' tag. It's not that the 27-year-old Tasman Makos halfback feels old necessarily, it's just that the rest of the Tasman backline is so young.

Makos named to tackle red-hot Wellington Lions

Tasman Makos: Will Jordan, Tima Faingaanuku, Levi Aumua, Alex Nankivell, James Lowe, Mitchell Hunt, Billy Guyton; Jordan Taufua, Vernon Fredericks, Ethan Blackadder, Shannon Frizell, Alex Ainley (c), Isaac Salmon, Andrew Makalio, Tim Perry. Reserves: Ti'i Paulo, Tom Hill, Ryan Coxon, Quinten Strange, Pete Samu, Finlay Christie, Tim O'Malley, Trael Joass

Tyrel Lomax signs to be a Mako

The Tasman Rugby Union are pleased to announce the signing of Melbourne Rebels prop, Tyrel Lomax. A 192-centimetre and 127-kilogram front rower, Tyrel has committed to the Makos for 2019 and 2020. While his contract still has a year to run, Tyrel has committed his future to NZ.