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2006 AIR NEW ZEALAND CUP

Coach:

Dennis Brown

Asst. Coach:

Bevan Cadwallader

Technical Director:

Todd Blackadder

Manager:

Terry Williamson

Asst. Manager:

Brett Thornalley


Tasman Union was formed from the amalgation of Nelson Bays and Malborough unions with the specific intention of meeting the criteria for the new premier division of New Zealand rugby. It is planned to host games at both Blenheim and Nelson, but until Nelson’s Trafalgar Park is developped to meet NZRU standards, home games are being played at Blenheim.

 There would be stern challengers for fledging Tasman, both on and off the field. How these were met would determine much of the future of domestic rugby in New Zealand. Over the years Nelson Bays and Marlnorouh has not demonstrated synergy on the rare occasions they had come together for an international match. The first challenge was in fact to be an international match where a comprehensive victory over Canada A gave cause for optimism. Further encouraging signs were to appear during the season: the highest score (56) by a team in an Air New Zealand Cup match; scoring third most points and third most tries in Pool A; the most tries by a player in a match; the ability to score more points in the second half of a match indicative of a team with a strong will.

The signs are encouraging. True, a lot of tries were conceded, but this was a by product of high risk adventurous rugby.

Fullback Robbie Malneek proved his ability at this level with speed and an elusive step on the way to scoring the first hat-trick of tries in the Air New Zealand Cup competition. Peter Playford from Sydney twice scored four tries in a match, not so much from pace, as for a keen eye, instinctive anticipation and continual involvement. There weren’t so many tries for Lucky Mulipola this year, but his devastating tackles made him no less valuable. Strong Aaron Kimura had a large physical presence in the backline and damaged average defence, but was sometimes exploited by more experienced combinations. English Sevens’ star Ben Collings showed glimpses of his slick running and passing skills early in the season. Hamstring problems dogged the latter part of his season. At halfback the defence of Kahn Fortuali’i gave him the edge over former Taranaki player James King.

In the forwards, number eight Corey Holdaway, who had been out of provincial rugby since 2002, had an outstanding season. A similar level of aggression was displayed by George Naoupu initially at lock but finishing the season at number eight. Openside flanker Jonathon Poff never tired of tackling. A surprise packet on the orther side of the scrum was Alex Ainley who led many advances. Former All Back Greg Feek was to be captain but early season injuries prevented a start with Tasman until the sixth match – by which time Ti’I Paulo had led the team so well, he just had to continue in that role. Ben May was a strong prop.

Little was seen of Tasman’s first All Blacks Rico Gear and Chris Jack.

Tasman Makos 2006 Air New Zealand Cup draw.

  Home Game 
 
1 Makos VS Canada A
Trafalgar Park, Nelson 26 April, 2006 W 48 - 8
 
(Tries: Peter Playford (4), Ben May, Tim Taylor, James King, Sam Johnstone; Con (4): Tim Taylor)
2
Makos VS North Harbour
Blenheim
30 July, 2006 L 27 - 33  
(Tries: Peter Playford, Tristan Moran, Kahn Fotuali’i; Con (3) & Pen (2): Ben Collings)
3
Makos VS Auckland Auckland
06 Aug, 2006 L 6 - 46
 
(Tries: Peter Betham, Robbie Malneek, James Low, Jordan Taufua; Pen & Con (2): Andrew Goodman)
4
Makos VS Manawatu
Blenheim 12 Aug, 2006 W 43 - 0  
(Tries: Robbie Malneek (3), Johnathon Poff, Ben Collings, Ti’i Paulo; Con (5) & Pen: Ben Collings)
5
Makos VS Taranaki
Blenheim 27 Aug, 2006 L 15 - 22
 
(Tries: Kahn Fotuali’i, Mark Bright; Con & Pen: Tim Taylor)
6
Makos VS Bay of Plenty
Blenheim 2 Sep, 2006 L 17 - 23
 
(Tries: Ben Collings, Aaron Kimura; Con: Aeron Kimura, Ben Collings; Pen: Tim Taylor) 
7
Makos VS Wellington Wellington
10 Sep, 2006 L 25 - 39
 
(Tries: Cory Holdaway, James King, Peter Playford; Con (2) & Pen (2): Tim Taylor)
8
Makos VS Southland
Invercargill 16 Sep, 2006 L 14 - 23
 
(Try: Robbie Malneek; Pen (3): Ben Collings)
9
Makos VS Northland
Blenheim
23 Sep, 2006 W 56 - 15
 
(Tries: Peter Playford (4), Lucky Mulipola, Rico Gear, Johnathon Poff; Con (6) & Pen (3): Aaron Kimura)
10 Makos VS Taranaki
New Plymouth 30 Sep, 2006 L 17 - 42
 
(Try: Hayden Cripps; Pen & Con: Tom Marshall)
 

Played 10 I Won 3 I Drew 0 I Lost 7 I Points for 268 I Points Against 251


2006 PLAYER RESULTS

 

T

C

P

DG

TOTAL

Ben Collings

2

9

8

 

52

Peter Playford

10

 

 

 

50

Aaron Kimura

1

9

4

 

35

Tim Taylor

1

7

4

 

31

Robbie Malneek

4

 

 

 

20

Kahn Fortuali’i

2

 

 

 

10

Rico Gear

2

 

 

 

10

James King

2

 

 

 

10

Lucky Mulipola

2

 

 

 

10

Johnathon Poff

2

 

 

 

10

Mark Bright

1

 

 

 

5

Cory Holdaway

1

 

 

 

5

Sam Johnstone

1

 

 

 

5

Ben May

1

 

 

 

5

Tristan Moran

1

 

 

 

5

Ti’i Paulo

1

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

36

25

16

0

268

The History

2017 Mitre 10 Cup

For the third time in the last four years Tasman went all the way to the Premiership Final to indicate a successful season, but it was one of mixed effort.

2016 Mitre 10 Cup

For the second time in three years the Tasman Makos went all the way to the Premiership Final, losing to Canterbury in a gallant effort. There were two defeats in the opening four matches, but after that the side hit form, remaining unbeaten until the Final.

2015 ITM Cup

Hopes of going 1 better than "Cup runners-up" were high. Things started well with 6 wins, but this was followed up by 3 defeats - the last round win over the Naki meant a semi-finals trip to Auckland & they were the "in form" team. All up another good year for the MIGHTY Makos.

2014 ITM CUP

Your Mighty Makos have had a stellar first season in the ITM Cup Premiership. We are proud to host a Semi-Final in our first year playing the Big City Unions. Make home ground advantage count tonight .. let’s have LOTS OF NOISE in support of your MIGHTY TASMAN MAKOS!

2013 ITM CUP

Culminating with winning the ITM Cup Championship Final, 2013 was the most remarkable season in the Tasman Makos eight years since inception. Team and personal bests have been broken at every turn.

2012 ITM CUP

Beginning the season with a victory over their Crusaders stable mate Canterbury, recording one of the highest scores in an unsuccessful Ranfurly Shield challenge, then another couple of quick wins and here was the making of a good season.

2011 ITM CUP

Two wins might seem poor return for the season – but it depends on you point of view. Those two wins were against the eventual Championship winner Hawke’s Bay and Auckland. No other team scored as many as the five tries that Tasman did against eventual Premiership winner Canterbury.

2010 ITM CUP

Until the last game of the season Tasman had provided staunch competition to all opponents. Gone to greener pastures were some of last year’s better performers including captain Andrew Goodman.

2009 AIR NEW ZEALAND CUP

Six victories from the first ten matches was a promising start, but results fell away over the last three matches of the competition. Sadly there was always the suspicion that no matter how well Tasman played there was always the threat of relegation at season’s end.

2007 AIR NEW ZEALAND CUP

That Tasman scored less and conceded more in the latter part of the season was not an indication of lack of progress but rather it was how the draw had treated them. Name players had come and gone, but in truth the strength of Tasman was in its local players.

2008 AIR NEW ZEALAND CUP

The on field performance of Tasman were in contrast to the off field turbulence surrounding them. The characteristics Todd Blackadder showed as a player and captain – that of calm controlled management – were evident in his performance as Tasman’s coach.