Friday, March 16, 2018
Following the excitement of the Bay of Plenty Steamers 2017 Mitre 10 Cup season, this year’s draw will provide Bay of Plenty Rugby fans plenty to look forward to; including traditional rivalries and hosting 2017 Mitre 10 Cup Champions Canterbury.
The Steamers will kick their 2018 Mitre 10 Cup campaign off at Rotorua International Stadium on Saturday 18 August at 7.35pm hosting Taranaki. They will then hit the road north to meet another Chiefs opponent Counties Manukau in a Thursday evening battle on 23 August at 7.35pm.
The side will then return home in week three to host Mitre 10 Cup Premier Champions Canterbury, in the Steamers first afternoon fixture at the Tauranga Domain on Saturday 1 September at 2.35pm.
In weeks four and five the Steamers will play two consecutive games away, firstly hosted by Hawke’s Bay for the iconic Battle of the Bays, where the side will be looking to defend the Macrae-Shelford Bay Cup on Saturday 8 September at 4.35pm. The team will venture north to face North Harbour on Sunday 16 September at 2.05pm.
Week six will see the Steamers return home to Rotorua International Stadium to host traditional rival Waikato on Friday 21 September at 7.35pm. Remaining in Rotorua for week seven the side will face Manawatu in another evening fixture on Thursday 27 September at 7.35pm.
The team will complete their double header on the road, with their midweek fixture against Otago on Wednesday 3 October at 7.35pm, followed by an afternoon match up against Southland on Sunday 7 October at 2.05pm.
The final scheduled home game for 2018 will be held on Saturday 13th October where the Steamers will host the mighty Taniwha from Northland at the Tauranga Domain at 2.35pm.
Bay of Plenty Rugby Union CEO Mike Rogers said the Union is excited for the upcoming season to kick-off in August.
“We have some great home games this year that we think will provide the opportunity for our community to get along and support their team. The Saturday and Friday night games against Taranaki and Waikato in Rotorua should be great nights and having Saturday afternoon games at the Tauranga Domain versus Canterbury and Northland are sure to be very popular based on last years experience.”
The top four teams, in each of the Premiership and Championship, at the end of week nine will proceed to semi-finals over the weekend of the 19 – 20 October. The winners of those then head to the finals the following weekend to determine the Mitre 10 Cup Premiership winner, and the team who will be promoted from the Championship.
Tickets will be available to purchase from July.
Bay of Plenty’s draw for the 2018 Mitre 10 Cup:
Week 1: vs Taranaki at Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua – Saturday 18 August, 7.35pm
Week 2: vs Counties Manukau at ECO Light Stadium, Pukekohe – Thursday 23 August, 7.35pm
Week 3: vs Canterbury at Tauranga Domain, Tauranga – Saturday 1 September, 2.35pm
Week 4: vs Hawke’s Bay at McLean Park, Napier – Saturday 8 September, 4.35pm
Week 5: vs North Harbour at QBE Stadium, Albany – Sunday 16 September, 2.05pm
Week 6: vs Waikato at Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua – Friday 21 September, 7.35pm
Week 7: vs Manawatu at Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua – Thursday 27 September, 7.35pm
Week 8: vs Otago at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin – Wednesday 3 October, 7.35pm
Week 8: vs Southland at Rugby Park Stadium, Invercargill – Sunday 7 October, 2.05pm
Week 9: vs Northland at Tauranga Domain, Tauranga – Saturday 13 October, 2.35pm
Semi-finals: Friday 19 October and Saturday 20 October
Finals: Friday 26 October and Saturday 27 October
Home games for 2018: Taranaki, Canterbury, Waikato, Manawatu and Northland
Away games for 2018: Counties Manukau, Hawke’s Bay, North Harbour, Otago and Southland