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Bay of Plenty Steamers named to face Northland

Friday, August 18, 2017
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Head Coach Clayton McMillan has named an experienced starting fifteen with the inclusion of five Bay of Plenty debutants to face Northland in their Mitre 10 Cup opener this Sunday afternoon at Toll Stadium in Whangarei.
In his blazer game loose head prop Aidan Ross will be joined by Chiefs team mate Siegfried Fisi’ihoi and hooker James O’Reilly to pack down the front of the scrum. An experienced locking duo of Captain Keepa Mewett and Bay of Plenty debutant Tom Franklin will complete the tight five. Blindside flanker Hugh Blake will be joined by debutants Mitchell Karpik and Tyler Ardron to round out the forward pack.
Debuting Half back Richard Judd will combine with the experienced Mike Delany at first five eight. The midfield will see Te Puna’s Terrence Hepetema at second five eight and Rangataua’s Lalakai Foketi at centre.  All Black Seven’s Joe Webber will debut on the left wing with Monty Ioane on the right. Chase Tiatia, in his blazer game will complete the explosive back line taking his place at fullback.
Whakarewarewa Prop Jordan Lay will be hoping to earn his first cap off the bench wearing the number 17 jersey.
The team is as follows:
1. Aidan Ross (14)
2. James O’Reilly (9)
3. Siegfried Fisi’ihoi (28)
4. Tom Franklin*
5. Keepa Mewett (24) – Captain
6. Hugh Blake (8)
7. Mitchell Karpik*
8. Tyler Ardron*
9. Richard Judd*
10. Mike Delany (61) – Vice Captain
11. Joe Webber*
12. Terrence Hepetema (7)
13. Lalakai Foketi (18)
14. Monty Ioane (11)
15. Chase Tiatia (14)

16. Sabastian Siataga (9)
17. Jordan Lay*
18. Jeff Thwaites (11)
19. Troy Callander (12)
20. Henry Stowers (10)
21. Luke Campbell (4)
22. Elijah Nicholas (7)
23. Isaac Te Aute (11)
() Denotes number of games
* Denotes Bay of Plenty Steamers debut
Denotes Blazer game

Mitre 10 Cup Fixture Details:**
Northland v Bay of Plenty
Toll Stadium, Whangarei 
Kick-off: 2.35pm

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  1. norm norm Disappointing loss first up. Had to listen on radio thanks radio sport as working. Once again have to question imports. Heard the new 8 mentioned maybe 3 times. Apologies if he was doing a lot of work off the ball and just not mentioned on radio. Great to see Delaney back. Hope we turn it round next week. Sunday, August 20, 2017

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