Tasman kicked off their ITM Cup season with an excellent win as they thrashed Hawke's Bay 35-15 in Blenheim.
Tasman kicked off their ITM Cup season with an excellent win as they thrashed Hawke's Bay 35-15 in a rematch of last year's championship final in Blenheim.
The Makos outscored the Magpies four tries to two, with Tasman fly-half Marty Banks contributing 15 points from the kicking tee.
Banks was the star of the show as he also helped create two of his side's tries. His much-vaunted opposite number, Ihaia West, will rue a number of missed shots at goal
Tasman ran freely all game. Liam Squire broke clear before ofloading to Joe Wheeler for the first try.
Makos full-back James Lowe and Banks combined to set up wing Bryce Heem to score in the corner as Tasman raced to a 23-3 halftime lead.
Tom Marshall also touched down after the break and the bonus-point try was a gem as New Zealand U20 David Havili finished in style.
Hawke's Bay centre Robbie Fruean, still hunting a Super Rugby contract, scored an intercept try in a promising performance despite his lack of fitness while Magpies captain Brendon O'Connor tried his heart out and was rewarded with a try too.
Tries: Wheeler, Heem, Marshall, Havili
Cons: Banks 3
Pens: Banks 3
For Hawke's Bay:
Tries: Fruean, O'Connor
Tasman: 15 James Lowe, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Tom Marshall, 11 Mitchell Scott, 10 Marty Banks, 9 Billy Guyton, 8 Liam Squire, 7 Shane Christie (c), 6 Tevita Koloamatangi, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Quentin MacDonald, 1 Tim Perry.
Replacements: 16 Jesse MacDonald, 17 Siosuia Halanukonuka, 18 Tevita Cavubati, 19 Vernon Fredericks, 20 Jimmy Cowan, 21 David Havili, 22 Ben Tyler.
Hawke's Bay: 15 Ryan Tongia, 14 Richard Buckman, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Andrew Horrell, 11 Mikey Vuicakau, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Chris Eaton, 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Brendon O'Connor (c), 6 Trent Boswell-Wakefield, 5 Mark Abbott, 4 Mike Allardice, 3 Jason Marshall, 2 Ash Dixon, 1 Brendon Edmonds.
Replacements: 16 Ged Robinson, 17 Adrian Barone, 18 Tom Parsons, 19 Tony Lamborn, 20 Ellery Wilson, 21 Jason Shoemark, 22 Matt Berquist.
Venue: Lansdowne Park, Blenheim
Referee: Glen Jackson