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Forwards step up in Porirua in 2019 Final replay [Peter Jones]

After being dominated up front during the side’s only losses this season, to North Harbour and Auckland, doubts began to surface over the potency of the Mako forwards. However, after paving the way for a comfortable win over Southland last weekend they stepped up to another level today, totally outplaying one of the leading premiership side’s packs.

Mako maul Lions in Porirua

Tasman 19 (Sione Havili, Te Ahiwaru Crikidaveta tries, Mitch Hunt 2 pens) def Wellington 3 (Jackson Garden-Bachop pen).

Tasman forwards give Wellington a wet weather rugby clinic in capital

Tasman 19 (Sione Havili, Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta tries; Mitch Hunt 3 pen) defeated Wellington 3 (Jackson Garden-Bachop pen). HT: 11-0.

Tasman's second half surge too much for Stags [Peter Jones]

On Sunday, the Mako needed to get their campaign back on track after being dominated by Auckland the previous week, but found the early going tough against a Stags side intent on mounting punishing defence and breakdown pressure. Consequently the home side, who had the wind at their backs in the first half, led only 7-3 at the break, before romping away after oranges to win 47-10.

Tasman captain Havili shines as Mako thrash Southland 47-10

Tasman 47 (Taina Fox-Matamua, David Havili 2, Fetuli Paea 2, Mitch Hunt, Sione Havili tries; Mitch Hunt 4 con, Tim O’Malley 2 con) def Southland 10 (Tony Lamborn try; Greg Dyer pen, con). HT: 7-3

Nelson to host Black Ferns v Barbarians game

An afternoon match on Saturday November 21 has been scheduled between the Black Ferns and a NZ Barbarians side at Trafalgar Park– the final fixture in a series that has ensured some game time for the defending world champions ahead of their title defence next year.

Auckland is a bridge too far for Mako [Peter Jones]

"It’s not just the fact they have lost a couple of games up north, it’s the fashion in which they have been beaten that will have the team’s brains trust scratching their collective heads." - Peter Jones

Mako suffer second loss of the season against a rampant Auckland

Auckland 31 (Adrian Chote, Marcel Renata, AJ Lam, Tumua Manu, Salesi Rayasi tries, Harry Plummer 2 cons) defeated Tasman 10 (Alex Nankivell, Quentin MacDonald tries)

Auckland crush Tasman to surge to top of Premiership table

Auckland 31 (Adrian Choat, Marcel Renata, AJ Lam, Tumua Manu, Salesi Rayasi tries; Harry Plummer 3 con) defeated Tasman 10 (Alex Nankivell, Quentin MacDonald tries.). HT: 24-0.

Mako quickly return to winner’s circle [Peter Jones]

Seven days are a long time in sport, especially in a weekly rugby competition. Going from an error-ridden, ill-disciplined performance against Harbour last Sunday to a clinical effort against Bay of Plenty a week later, Tasman underlined how quickly fortunes in our national provincial rugby showpiece can change.