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Bay of Plenty Steamers named for final pre-season

Thursday, August 9, 2018
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The Katikati community will be treated to a festival of rugby this Friday when the Bay of Plenty Steamers take to the field for their final pre-season game proudly sponsored by Seeka against Auckland at Moore Park in Katikati.

Following three consecutive pre-season wins over Manawatu and Wanganui in the Game of Three Halves in Taihape prior to last weekend’s victory against North Harbour in Ngaruawahia, the Steamers team will again field a strong starting fifteen.

Head Coach Clayton McMillan has been forced to make two last minute changes due to sickness and injury in the locks with late call ups Aaron Carrol and Lars Morrice respectively securing a starting position and spot on the bench. Other notable starters is Te Puna’s Jeff Thwaites returning to the fold and Kaleb Trask moving into the starting first five eight position.

An experienced bench will see the return of fullback Chase Tiatia following his super rugby duties, the introduction of prop Ross Geldenhyus, hooker Valentine Meachen and All Blacks Sevens representative Trael Joass on the wing.

Bay of Plenty Steamers:
1. James Lay
2. Liam Polwart
3. Jeff Thwaites
4. Aaron Carrol
5. Tyler Ardron
6. Hugh Blake
7. Mitch Karpik
8. Hoani Matenga
9. Luke Campbell
10. Kaleb Trask
11. Matt Garland
12. Terrence Hepetema
13. Liam Steel
14. Fa’asiu Fuatai
15. Bailey Simonsson

Reserves:
16. Valentine Meachen
17. Solomona Sakalia
18. Ross Geldenhyus
19. Lars Morrice
20. Ajay Mua
21. Richard Judd
22. Trael Joass
23. Chase Tiatia
24. Tevita Mafileo

The Katikati Township will proudly welcome the presence of the Bay of Plenty Steamers, with selected players’ joining Seeka to deliver kiwi fruit to local schools including Katikati Primary School and Omokoroa Point in the morning.

The afternoon of rugby at Katikati Rugby Club, Moore Park will kick off with Katikati College 1st XV taking on Opotiki College 1st XV in the Toi Ohomai Baywide Secondary Schools Division Two semi-final at 12.30pm. This will be followed by a Bay of Plenty Invitational Sevens side taking on Japanese Select Women’s Sevens team at 2.10pm. The Steamers will kick off their final pre-season against Auckland at 2.45pm.

A selection of local food trucks and a cluster of sponsors’ tents will line the fields in what is expected to be an exciting afternoon for the local community.

Seeka Pre-Season Bay of Plenty Steamers v Auckland:
Fixture: Katikati College 1st XV v Opotiki College 1st XV
Time: Kick off 12.30pm
Venue: Moore Park, Katikati
Cost: Free Entry

Fixture: Bay of Plenty Invitational Sevens v Japanese Invitational Sevens
Time: Kick off 2.10pm
Venue: Moore Park, Katikati
Cost: Free Entry

Fixture: Bay of Plenty Steamers v Auckland
Time: Kick off 2.45pm
Venue: Moore Park, Katikati
Cost: Free Entry

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