Taranaki 36 (Charlie Ngatai 2, Rhys Marshall tries; Codey Rei 5 pens, 3 cons) v Tasman 32 (Billy Guyton 2, Pete Samu, Kieran Fonotia tries; Marty Banks 2 pens, 3 cons). HT: 16-10
1. Siua Hulanukunuka, 2. Quentin MacDonald, 3. Ross Geldenhuys, 4. Alex Ainley, 5. Joe Wheeler, 6. Pete Samu, 7. Shane Christie, 8. Liam Squire, 9. Jimmy Cowan, 10. Marty Banks, 11. James Lowe, 12. Tom Marshall, 13. Kieron Fonotia, 14. Bryce Heem, 15. Robbie Malneek. Subs: 16. Jesse MacDonald, 17. Reuben Northover, 18. Tevita Cavubati, 19. Vernon Fredricks, 20. Billy Guyton, 21. David Havili, 22. Mitchell Scott
In 2008 the Tasman Rugby Union was saved from extinction. Now six years on, the Tasman Makos are bidding to become the best provincial rugby team in the country when they take on Taranaki in Saturday's ITM Cup premiership final in New Plymouth.
What was a big week for Tasman Makos' players Shane Christie, Joe Wheeler, Liam Squire and James Lowe got even bigger yesterday when they were named in the New Zealand Maori squad to play two matches against Japan in November.
The Tasman Rugby Unions has chartered a 50-seat plane and by this morning all but four seats were taken.
Inspirational Tasman Makos captain Shane Christie has taken his leadership credibility to another level after he required painkilling injections to see out Saturday's epic ITM Cup semifinal win over Canterbury.