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Posts From September, 2019

Mako tame Bulls in New Plymouth

Tasman 28 (Tima Faingaanuku 2, Andrew Makalio, Finlay Christie tries, Mitch Hunt 1 cons, 2 pens) defeated Taranaki 18 (Lachlan Boshier, Waisake Naholo tries, Waite 2 pens, 1 con)

OPINION: Taranaki’s ‘bully boy’ tactics unable to intimidate Mako

At halftime in Sunday’s Tasman v Taranaki match-up at the Bullring in New Plymouth one of the ‘Naki coaching staff let slip that the home side had talked before the game of “being the bully”.

What's On at Mako home games in Nelson

Friday 27 September – a Double Header
5.05pm – Farah Palmer Cup – Tasman Mako v Hawke’s Bay Tui
7.35pm – Mitre 10 Cup – Tasman Mako v Auckland
- Friday Fashion at the Footy

Sunday 6 October, 2.05pm v Northland
- Family Day with Pic’s Peanut Butter.

Mako crush Steelers 36 - 0 in Pukekohe

Tasman 36 (Will Jordan 2, Levi Aumua, Sam Moli, Leicester Faingaanuku tries, Mitch Hunt 3 cons, Tim O'Malley 1 con 1 pen) defeated Counties-Manukau 0.

Mako women make promising start at Lansdowne

FPC: North Harbour 22 defeated Tasman Mako 10 (Wairakau Greig, Jess Drummond tries). HT: 5-5.

Former Tasman mentor keen to slow Mako momentum

Former Mako coach Kieran Keane, a life member of the union who guided Tasman’s fortunes from 2009-16, will bring his North Harbour team to Trafalgar Park, intent on ending the home side’s flying start to the season.

Mako women too strong for Taranaki Whio

Tasman Mako 36 (Rebecca Kersten 2, Stephani Mitchell, Tamara Silcock, Wairakau Greig tries, Hayley Hutana 4 con, pen) Taranaki Whio 22 (Iritana Hohaia 2, Lavenia Nauga-Grey, Alesha Williams tries, Chelsea Fowler con). HT: Tasman 26-0.

Late penalty-try powers Tasman to win against North Harbour

Tasman 21 (Finlay Christie, Sione Havili tries, penalty try; Tim O'Malley 2 con) North Harbour 17 (James Parsons try, penalty try; Matt McGahan con, pen). HT: 7-17

Opinion: Tasman get timely reminder

Sunday’s battling 21-17 victory over North Harbour at Trafalgar Park was more of a timely reminder that, if you are even slightly off your game in the Mitre 10 premiership, you will pay for it.

A new era for local rugby: Kicking sugar to touch

In a first for NZ rugby, Nelson Marlborough Health (NMH) has sponsored Tasman Rugby Union (TRU) teams, replacing the TRU’s former agreement with Coca Cola/Powerade, to become the union’s official health and wellbeing partner.

Tasman Mako to undertake Summer American tour

The current Mitre 10 Cup premiership leaders will play two games, against American Major League Rugby champions the Seattle Seawolves and the Houston SaberCats, in January next year. The Tasman team to travel to the States will be selected in October and will be made up of contracted Tasman players who do not have Super contracts - as well as Tasman B and U19 players.

Quin Strange relishes Mako momentum

Despite Tasman reeling off six straight wins to open their 2019 Mitre 10 Cup season, Mako vice-captain Quinten Strange says there is no problem keeping the players’ feet firmly on the ground. The Nelson College product, a Mako since 2016 and a Crusader since 2017, said while expectation and hype surrounding the team had increased as the wins stacked up, the feeling in camp was no different.

Tasman women well beaten by Otago

A final quarter meltdown dented a strong performance from the Tasman women’s rugby team who were beaten 58-15 by Otago Spirit in their Farah Palmer Cup match in Oamaru on Saturday.

Mako remain unbeaten after holding off a gallant Waikato.

Tasman 35 (Hugh Roach, David Havili, Ethan Blackadder, Wyatt Crockett tries, Tim O’Malley 1 cons, 1 pen; D. Havili 2 cons, 1 pen) defeated Waikato 26 (Sullivan 2, O’Donnell tries; Sweeney cons, Smith 3 pens). HT: 23-15

Opinion: Tasman’s ‘sparkies’ ignite second half revival

They call them the “Sparkies”. These are the Tasman bench players whose role it is to come onto the paddock, usually around the 60-minute mark, and add spark to the Mako’s game.

Tui too strong for Tasman Mako women

Hawke’s Bay Tui 55 defeated Tasman Mako 5 (Sydnee Wilkins). HT: 27-5.

Tasman make it eight from eight

Tasman 40 (Andrew Makalio, Ethan Blackadder 2, Leicester Fainga'anuku, Finlay Christie, Hugh Roach tries, Mitch Hunt 5 con) defeated Auckland 0. HT: 19-0

Opinion: Defensive effort has Mako bound for Blenheim

After struggling over the past fortnight to recapture the attacking rhythm and defensive energy they brought to their first five games it was refreshing to see a resurgence in both areas, but particularly without the ball in hand. The in-your-face, energised defensive attitude that set the likes of Canterbury, Wellington, Taranaki and Counties Manukau on their heels was back last night … with a vengeance.