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Posts From September, 2016

Makos given chance at redemption v Taranaki

Tasman Makos: Mitchell Hunt, Tima Faingaanuku, Kieron Fonotia, Alex Nankivell, Jesse Pitman-Joass, Marty Banks, Finlay Christie; Vernon Fredericks, Shane Christie (captain), Pete Samu, Quinten Strange, Shannon Frizell, Ross Geldenhuys, Andrew Makalio, Tim Perry. Reserves: Jesse MacDonald, Kane Hames, Blair Prinsep, Jeff Lepa, Tevita Koloamatangi, Billy Guyton, Trael Joass, David Havili.

Lightning strikes again for Makos winger James Lowe

The Tasman Makos may have to do without James Lowe for the second consecutive national provincial rugby championship season after the brilliant winger revealed he had broken his thumb.

Tasman Makos keep fans on edge of their seats

Many of the crowd had been at the same ground, two years earlier, when Tasman lost to Taranaki after failing to close out the game while leading as the full time hooter sounded. And it nearly happened again.

Makos score gritty home win over Taranaki Bulls

Tasman 25 (Kieron Fonotia try, Marty Banks 6 pen, con) v Taranaki 20 (Seta Tamanivalu, Beaudein Waaka tries, Marty McKenzie 2 pen, 2 con) HT: 13-6.

Makos v Bulls

This match was definitely a game of two halves.

Meet Mitchell Hunt

21 years of age, Mitchell played Super Rugby for the first time in 2016 at either fullback or first five-eighth for the Crusaders. He made the Nelson College First XV in year 11 and notched up 51 appearances.

Hammett looking to build on satisfying start for Makos

Hammett's satisfied with Tasman's two-win, one-loss start to the season and despite the absence of some key tight forwards and the inevitable flow-on effect to the forwards' sometimes scratchy set phase execution, he's confident that everybody's working overtime to address any early season rust.

No southern respite in Dunedin for Makos

Tasman Makos: Mitchell Hunt, Tima Faingaanuku, Kieron Fonotia, David Havili, Alex Nankivell, Marty Banks, Billy Guyton; Pete Samu, Shane Christie (captain), Tevita Koloamatangi, Quinten Strange, Shannon Frizell, Ross Geldenhuys, Andrew Makalio, Tim Perry. Reserves: Jesse MacDonald, Kane Hames, Blair Prinsep, Jeff Lepa, Ethan Blackadder, Finlay Christie, Trael Joass, Caleb Makene.

Otago remain unbeaten with crucial win over Tasman

Otago 30 (Paul Grant, Craig Millar, Naulia Dawai tries, Fletcher Smith 3 pen, 3 con) v Tasman 27 (Alex Nankivell, David Havili, Shane Christie tries, Marty Banks 2 pen, 3 con). HT: 21-27.

Ethan Blackadder hoping for a successful rugby career on his own terms

He's the son of former All Blacks captain and more recently Crusaders' Super Rugby team coach, Todd Blackadder, who's now plying his coaching trade with Bath in the English Premiership. And while 21-year-old Ethan's clearly proud of his father's achievements, he's determined to make his way in the rugby world under his own steam and on his own terms.

Makos v Taniwha this Friday

Tickets can be bought at Nelson i-Site, Richmond Mall, Mitre 10 MEGA, NBS branches, online here OR at the Gates from 4.30pm Friday.

Vale Charles Cowman

Charles T Cowman (aka Charlie) dedicated over 60 years of his life to rugby in our region, culminating with his appointment as a foundation co-Patron of the Tasman Rugby Union in 2005. Sadly Charlie passed away last week in Queensland. The TRU sends our condolences to wife Josie, his family and friends.

Meet Andrew Makalio

Our new hooker, Andrew Makalio, is used to success having been an integral member of the Grammar TEC team that won the Auckland club premier trophy, the Gallaher Shield, last season and being named man of the match.

Makos named to play Northland as they arrive at an early crossroads

15. Mitchell Hunt, 14. Tima Faingaanuku, 13. Kieron Fonotia, 12. David Havili, 11. Caleb Makene, 10. Marty Banks, 9. Billy Guyton; 8. Pete Samu, 7. Shane Christie (captain), 6. Tevita Koloamatangi, 5. Shannon Frizell, 4. Quinten Strange, 3. Blair Princep, 2. Andrew Makalio, 1. Tim Perry. Reserves: 16. Jesse MacDonald, 17. Kane Hames, 18. Ross Geldenhuys, 19. Jeff Lepa, 20. Ethan Blackadder, 21. Finlay Christie, 22. Tim O'Malley, 23. Trael Joass.

Tasman hold off tenacious Northland

Tasman 33 (Tevita Koloamatangi, Quinten Strange, Shannon Frizell tries, Marty Banks 4 pen, 3 con) v Northland 23 (Matt Matich, Kara Pryor tries, Dan Hawkins 3 pen, 2 con) HT: 20-7.

Makos defeat Taniwha

What was expected to be a straight forward outing against win-less Northland became much more difficult as wet and windy conditions forced our Makos to fight hard for a 33 – 23 victory against a dogged, committed Taniwha team.

Meet Quinten Strange

Hailing from Collingwood, Quinten is a 2014 Nelson College 1st XV captain who made this year's NZ Under 20's team that contested the Junior World Cup in Wales. Age 20, he has been fast tracked into the Makos starting line-up at lock and his general forward play and lineout leadership makes him a standout to keep an eye on.

Rookie winger Caleb Makene hoping to take his chances

Born in Napier, 20-year-old Makene arrived in Nelson last week via Canterbury's Lincoln University where he's been studying environmental planning and management for the past two years. He was signed by the Crusaders Academy following his last season with the Napier Boys High School First XV, which he captained, in 2014 but is now on loan to Tasman for the rest of the season.

Makos face tricky assignment in Napier

Mitchell Hunt, Tima Faingaanuku, Kieron Fonotia, David Havili, Caleb Makene, Marty Banks, Billy Guyton; Pete Samu, Shane Christie (captain), Tevita Koloamatangi, Quinten Strange, Alex Ainley, Ross Geldenhuys, Andrew Makalio, Kane Hames. Reserves: Jesse MacDonald, , Tim Perry, Siua Halanukonuka, Ethan Blackadder, Finlay Christie, Alex Nankivell, Trael Joass.

Tasman get breathing space over Hawke's Bay

Hawke's Bay 29 (Trent Boswell Wakefield, Tony Lamborn, Jason Long, Jonah Lowe tries; Ihaia West 2 con, pen; Lowe con) v Tasman 36 (Tima Faingaanuku, Kieron Fonotia, Peter Samu, Marty Banks, Caleb Makene tries; Banks 4 con, pen). HT: 8-24

Makos v Counties this Thursday

Tomorrow evening the Tasman Makos play Counties-Manukau in an important round 7 clash at Lansdowne Park, Blenheim. Tickets are available at Blenheim & Picton i-Sites, Mitre 10 MEGA Blenheim and online.

Meet Blair Prinsep

A Canterbury man, a product of Christchurch Boys High 1st XV and a part of the Canterbury extended squad, it was a call from Tasman that gave Blair his opportunity to play Mitre 10 Cup rugby.

Makos steel themselves for Counties Manukau

Mitchell Hunt, Tima Faingaanuku, Kieron Fonotia, David Havili, Caleb Makene, Marty Banks, Billy Guyton; Pete Samu, Shannon Frizell, Tevita Koloamatangi, Alex Ainley (captain), Quinten Strange, Ross Geldenhuys, Andrew Makalio, Kane Hames. Reserves: Jesse MacDonald, Tim Perry, Siua Halanukonuka, Jeff Lepa, Ethan Blackadder, Finlay Christie, Alex Nankivell, Trael Joass.

Marty Banks' boot gets Makos home over Counties 15 - 10

Tasman 15 (Marty Banks 5 pen) v Counties Manukau 10 (Jimmy Tupou try, Piers Francis pen, con) HT Tasman 12-10.