It was Tasman's first ever win over Wellington after five previous defeats, with the Makos' five tries to two victory yesterday clinically highlighting the two sides' contrasting fortunes.
Tasman 42 (James Lowe 2, Robbie Malneek, Alex Ainley, Pete Samu tries; Marty Banks 4 con, 3 pen) v Wellington 20 (Tolu Fahamokioa, Erix Sione tries; Willie Ripia 2 pen, 2 con). HT: 21-6.
Tasman 38 (James Lowe 2, Pete Samu, Jimmy Cowan, Marty Banks tries; Banks 5 con, 1 pen) v Southland 14 (Dillan Halaholo, Billy Fukofuka tries; Lima Sopoaga 1 con, Scott Eade 1 con). HT: 24-7.
A shoulder injury to Tom Marshall has meant a reshuffle in tomorrow's midfield with Kieron Fonotia moving in a place from centre and Bryce Heem switching from wing to the No 13 jersey.
Tomorrow night's Invercargill encounter will likely indicate the mental strength of this Tasman squad. The manner of their demise on Thursday will still be gnawing at them and their growing band of supporters.
"Despite the ending, we made great strides in that game against Taranaki and now we have to take that performance and grow it every week. That's the new standard and to go backwards would be unacceptable." - Joe Wheeler