The Crusaders could be on to the right mix in Ryan Crotty and Kieron Fonotia, a new combination at this level but one which has its roots in Christchurch's New Brighton club.
The pair have been good mates since playing together since the age of 6 and have quickly clicked back into the well-worn groove started at the working class environs of Rawhiti Domain.
Designed to give small businesses throughout Marlborough and Nelson an opportunity to support the region's flagship team, the Makos 500 Club is one of two major undertakings from the TRU to help fund the Makos and ensure that they remain competitive as they step up to the premiership division of this year's national provincial championship.
Christie (28), who has impressed on the openside flank for the Highlanders so far this season, was a latecomer into top level rugby.
Having his Tasman team-mates Tom Marshall, Liam Squire and Tevita Koloamatangi with him at the Chiefs has helped Lowe's acclimatisation.
"It just shows that you can play rugby in Tasman and go on to play bigger and better things. It's a big step up [from ITM Cup] but in Hamilton, there are so many systems put in place to help with that transition - and none of the boys have looked out of place."
"It was great to get Tom Marshall on the field and he was very strong at 12, while James Lowe was very strong on the wing, Tevita [Koloamatangi] gave us good impact off the bench and Liam Squire had a big game till he started cramping up," Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie said of the Tasman signings.
In their first starts, rookie No.8 Liam Squire and wing James Lowe were the latest to seem immediately comfortable at this level. That's not true of all inexperienced players, but it's sure a growing trend under the guidance of the coaching staff at the Chiefs.
Squire's physical presence, work-rate and offloading abilities were prominent while Lowe made the most of frequent space down the left-hand edge, scoring the opening try after Tasman team-mate Tom Marshall re-gathered a grubber from the back of his boot. It was freakish stuff.
It goes to show how distant Super Rugby has become from provincial boundaries, when two blokes from Nelson run rampant for a Hamilton-based franchise. But also further highlights the nous behind the Chiefs recruitment.