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Victories to the Marlborough's leading three clubs - Moutere, Renwick and Waitohi - saw them extend their healthy points advantage at the head of the Wadsco Motorworld Division 1 standings. Moutere accounted for Wast Coast 54 -12, Renwick sneaked in 13 – 10 over Central, while Waitohi ran away from Harlequins 59 – 10.

CEO Chat with Tony Lewis

There is nothing worse than hearing someone say “back in my day”! Well, I am heading down that line to explain the 2017 coaching structure. I can remember like it was yesterday being named in the Otago NPC team to play Southland in the big local derby. The part I remember most was the quality of the coaching. We had two ex All Blacks in Laurie Mains and Lyn Jaffray. They really knew their rugby.

1st XV Rugby

A late penalty goal to Marlborough Boys College edged them to a 23-22 win over regional rivals Waimea Combined Schools in Blenheim on Saturday. In Nelson, with the Moascar Cup again on the line, Nelson College prevailed 22-10 over Rangiora High School.

SENIOR COMPETITION REVIEWS

Both Waimea Old Boys and Nelson fell victim to Monday's exhausting NPD Tasman Trophy final after both suffered losses in The Car Company Nelson Bays senior competition to Marist and Stoke respectively. Wanderers scored a last minute try to beat Kahurangi.

CEO Chat with Tony Lewis

It is at this time of the year I am constantly asked by fans, journalists, sponsors, staff and even the board, how many places are available in this year’s Makos squad? It becomes a very pertinent question after the coaches have watched the NPD Tasman Trophy series and the mid-season trial.

CEO Chat with Tony Lewis

A large crowd at Trafalgar Park witnessed an epic NPD Tasman Trophy Final on Monday afternoon. All even at 21-all after 80 minutes, the match went into 20 minutes extra time, before Waimea Old Boys clinched victory over Nelson with the final play of the game, 31 - 28.

CEO Chat with Tony Lewis

It is my belief that over the last three years the cross-regional NPD Tasman Trophy has produced skillful and passionate grassroots rugby of the highest order. It has become the pinnacle competition for the coaches to eye players when selecting the Tasman Makos squad and last year this competition produced 14 Makos players.

NPD Tasman Trophy Final on Monday

One semi-final was decided by half-time and the other was as good a game of senior club rugby you could wish to see. Nelson played a dominant 35 - 0 first half to go on and went on to defeat Moutere 43 - 10, with prop Isaac Salmon scoring 3 tries.

1st XV Rugby

Waimea Combined Schools have caused a local derby boil over with their comprehensive defeat of Nelson College 1st XV on Saturday.

CEO Chat with Tony Lewis

The month of May is the most exciting time for Tasman rugby having spent the last two months preparing for the first week of JAB and Age group rugby. On Saturday’s I can hear the sounds of early morning rugby (referee whistles and parental support) from my house near Neale Park. I watch some games with my daughter as a number of our staff have young children playing.