Tasman returned to the victory trail when they claimed a hard-fought 33-23 victory over Northland in Nelson on Friday.
The home side were full value for their win, outscoring Northland by three tries to two and Marty Banks finished with an 18-point haul courtesy of four penalties and three conversions.
Tasman raced into a 20-0 lead by the 35th minute after converted tries by Tevita Koloamatangi and Quinten Strange as well as two Banks penalties.
Northland replied via a Matt Matich try which Daniel Hawkins converted, shortly before half-time, and Hawkins reduced the deficit to four points when he landed three penalties early in the second half.
The hosts struck back via a Shannon Frizell try midway through the half but Northland didn't surrender and shortly afterwards Kara Pryor crossed for their second try which meant Tasman held a slender 27-23 lead, but Banks would seal their victory with two late penalties.
Tries: Koloamatangi, Strange, Frizzell
Cons: Banks 3
Pens: Banks 4
Tries: Matich, Pryor
Cons: Hawkins 2
Pens: Hawkins 3
Yellow Card: Sililoto
Tasman: 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 (c), 6 Tevita Koloamatangi, 5 Shannon Frizell, 4 Quinten Strange, 3 Blair Princep, 2 Andrew Makalio, 1 Tim Perry
Replacements: 16 Jesse MacDonald, 17 Ross Geldenhuys, 18 Kane Hames, 19 Jeff Lepa, 20 Ethan Blackadder, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Tim O'Malley, 23 Trael Joass
Northland: 15 Guy Wood, 14 Solomon Alaimalo, 13 Warren Dunn, 12 Tamati Tua, 11 Jordan Hyland, 10 Dan Hawkins, 9 Sam Nock, 8 Matt Matich, 7 Kara Pryor, 6 Tom Robinson, 5 Shane Neville, 4 Josh Goodhue, 3 Phil Kite, 2 Matt Moulds, 1 Namatahi Waa
Replacements: 16 Ross Wright, 17 Howard Sililoto, 18 Matt Talaese, 19 Michael Faleafa, 20 Jack Ram, 21 Malcolm MacLeod, 22 Solomona Paraki, 23 Waisea Lawebuka
Referee: Brendon Pickerill