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Bay of Plenty Steamers named to face Taranaki

Thursday, September 14, 2017
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The Bay of Plenty Steamers will face another stern challenge this weekend against Taranaki. Bay of Plenty Steamers head coach Clayton McMillan is meeting the challenge head on, naming a physical and experienced line-up to execute their game plan this Friday night in New Plymouth.

Captain and centurion Culum Retallick, will feature in a total of eight changes to the starting fifteen whom edged out Manawatu last Friday night. Aidan Ross moves from the bench to combine with Sabastian Siataga and tighthead prop Jeff Thwaites. Retallick moves into the starting locking duo with Troy Callander. Jesse Parete will return from injury to start at six, with Henry Stowers earning a start in the number seven jersey and Tyler Ardron starting again at eight.

In the backs Luke Campbell and Kelly Haimona will combine in a new nine ten combination. Lalakai Foketi moves from centre to second five eight with Liam Steel donning the number thirteen jersey. Chase Tiatia will move from fullback to the left wing making way for Isaac Te Aute at fullback. Monty Ioane will remain as the starting right winger.

The Lay brothers will take their position on the bench alongside James O’Reilly and lock Tom Franklin. Mitchell Karpik and Mike Delany will return from injury wearing the number 21 and 22 jerseys. Utility back Elijah Nicholas will complete the reserves.

The Bay of Plenty Steamers team is as follows:
1. Aidan Ross (17)
2. Sabastian Siataga (10)
3. Jeff Thwaites (13)
4. Troy Callander (15)
5. Culum Retallick (106) – Captain
6. Jesse Parete (12)
7. Henry Stowers (13)
8. Tyler Ardron (3)
9. Luke Campbell (8)
10. Kelly Haimona (26)
11. Chase Tiatia (18)
12. Lalakai Foketi (22)
13. Liam Steel (3)
14. Monty Ioane (15)
15. Isaac Te Aute (13)
16. James O’Reilly (12)
17. Jordan Lay (2)
18. James Lay (2)
19. Tom Franklin (3)
20. Hugh Blake (injury replacement)
21. Mike Delany (64)
22. Terrence Hepetema (11) 
23. Elijah Nicholas (9)
() Denotes number of games
* Denotes Bay of Plenty Steamers debut
** Denotes Blazer game

Game Details:
Friday 15 September
Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth
Taranaki Bulls vs. Bay of Plenty Steamers
Kick off 7.45pm

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