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Mako finally get job done against Taniwha

Tasman 52 (Te Ahiwaru Crikidaveta, Will Jordan 2, Sione Havili, Jamie Spowart, Wyatt Crockett, Tim O'Malley tries, Mitch Hunt 6 cons) defeated Northland 6 (Jack Debreczeni 2 pens). HT: 19-6

Tasman women move to quarterfinals

Northland 35 defeated Tasman 29 (Rebecca Kersten 2, Hayley Hutana 2, Wai Greig tries, Hutana 2 con). HT: 13-5.

Mitch Hunt and Will Jordan shine in big win over Northland

Tasman have continued their superb season with a 52-6 demolition of Northland at Trafalgar Park. After a slow start the Mako exploded to life in the 26th minute when Will Jordan finished off a classy break by Highlanders-bound Mitch Hunt – and it wasn't the last time those two names were mentioned.

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.

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

Tui too strong for Tasman Mako women

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

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.

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

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.

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.