Taranaki bounced back from their opening ITM Cup loss to put five tries past Tasman in a convincing 33-11 win at Yarrow Stadium on Friday.
The bonus-point victory was crucial to Taranaki's campaign after disappointing their home fans in Round One, while Tasman remain point-less after losing in Wellington a week ago.
The Makos took a six-point lead early on thanks to two long-range penalty goals by scrum-half Steve Alfeld, the first from half-way.
Taranaki made the most of their opportunity inside Tasman's danger zone though and were in for the first try of the match after Kurt Baker found space when he ran on to a short pass from Jayden Hayward.
The full-back scored by the posts and Willie Ripia converted to make it 7-6.
Taranaki weren't done there and extended their lead to 14-6 after 24 minutes when Ripia hoisted a high up-and-under that was dropped by Tasman pivot James Marshall. Tyson Keats toed the ball ahead for 40 metres and the halfback gathered to score under the poles.
The third try didn't take long to follow when Taranaki flanker Jarrad Hoeata crashed over after the forwards drove down the blindside from a line-out to give his team a 21-6 half-time advantage.
Tasman began the second spell with more purpose but Taranaki banked their bonus point soon after half-time when a slick back-line move gave winger David Smith space to dash over in the left corner to make it 26-6.
Tasman needed to strike back quickly but were let down by basic handling and passing errors with the slippery ball. A try-scoring opportunity was lost when Kade Poki was unable to regather Marshall's chip ahead with the try-line within reach.
Tasman's luck began to change when Taranaki were reduced to fourteen men 13 minutes from the end after former All Black Scot Waldrom, returning from injury, was sin-binned for a professional foul.
The visitors finally crossed the whitewash in the 70th minute when replacement hooker Vernon Fredericks burst down the short-side and crashed over in the corner to reduce the deficit to 11-26.
But Taranaki had the last laugh when centre George Pisi sealed the deal with the home side's fifth and final try. Game, set and match.
Tries: Baker, Keats, Hoeata, Smith, Pisi.
Cons: Ripia 3, Barrett.
Pens: Alfeld 2
Taranaki: 15 Kurt Baker, 14 Andre Taylor, 13 George Pisi, 12 Jayden Hayward, 11 David Smith, 10 Willie Ripia, 9 Tyson Keats, 8 Ben Souness, 7 Chris Walker, 6 Jarrad Hoeata, 5 Craig Clarke (c), 4 James Broadhurst, 3 Michael Bent, 2 Laurence Corlett, 1 Shane Cleaver.
Replacements: 16 Timo Tutavaha, 17 Carl Carmichael, 18 Scott Waldrom, 19 Samuela Vunisa, 20 Brett Goodin, 21 Isaia Tuifua, 22 Beauden Barrett.
Tasman: 15 Robbie Malneek, 14 Blair Cook, 13 Kade Poki, 12 Tom Marshall, 11 James Kamana, 10 James Marshall, 9 Steve Alfeld, 8 Poutasi Luafutu, 7 Jonathan Poff, 6 Glen Gregory/Tevita Kolomatangi, 5 Chris Jack (c), 4 Jarrod Aberhart, 3 Fai Mika, 2 Francis Smith, 1 Sam Prattley.
Replacements: 16 Vernon Fredericks, 17 Hamish Cochrane, 18 Kolomatangi/Anthony Elisala, 19 Shane Christie, 20 Kaide Whiting, 21 Daniel Hawkins, 22 Sione Holani.
Referee: Shane McDermott