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Tasman Union offers excitement [Marl Express op-ed]

If Thursday's Press Cup rugby clash between Marlborough Boys' College and Nelson College was any indication, the talent pool of young rugby players in the Tasman Union is very exciting. Broadcast live around New Zealand on Sky's rugby channel, what a fantastic advertisement for the game here and congratulations to all those involved in organising the match ... What a breath of fresh air the Tasman Trophy competition is. I've thoroughly enjoyed watching the Nelson teams in action.

Mid-week 3rd round Bayleys Tasman Trophy results

WOB 22 (Josh Rutledge, Kaide Whiting, James Lowe tries, Rutledge 2 cons, pen) Stoke 15 (Jarrod Aberhart, Chad Lowrie tries, Lowrie pen, con) Ht 15-10. Nelson 31 (Jake Cooley, James Foster, Robbie Malneek, Andrew Goodman, Mitchell Scott tries, Goodman 2 cons, James Lash con) Huia 0. Ht 15-0. Waitohi 22 (Tim Goodyer try, Daniel Hawkins con, 5 pen) Moutere 13 (Tom Halse try, con, 2 pen). Ht Waitohi 12-10.

Tasman RU favours salmon plan

The Tasman Rugby Union said King Salmon plans fitted its goal of keeping young rugby talent in the district and in jobs.