The Tasman Makos will look to go one better than their finals appearance two years ago but will have to defy history to do it, tonight at Christchurch’s AMI Stadium.
The Leon MacDonald coached team will play Canterbury in the Mitre 10 Cup premiership decider tonight looking to avenge their loss in the decider to Taranaki in 2014.
The Makos are comfortable underdogs for the match and deservedly so.
Canterbury beat Tasman 45-14 in Christchurch in round two and the red and blacks are looking for their eighth title in nine years.
However, Tasman will have a level of confidence, having dispatched Taranaki in New Plymouth last week to make the decider.
Expectations appeared lower for the combined Nelson-Marlborough franchise in 2016 but will big match players like Shane Christie and Marty Banks in key positions and the emergence of youngsters like Mitch Hunt and Shannon Frizell, the Makos have become genuine title contenders.
The Makos are expected to have many supporters travelling to the game as they search to create a little history while defying Canterbury’s winning tenure in finals.
The match kicks off at 7.35pm tonight.