Friday, October 13, 2017
Off the back of a strong performance against Otago, the Bay of Plenty Steamers will take on Waikato in the Bayleys Battle of the Kaimai’s on tomorrow afternoon.
In a highly contested final Mitre 10 Cup round robin match at the Tauranga Domain, the Barrett Homes charity match day in support of Trillian Trek will be a tantalising watch for spectators.
Head Coach Clayton McMillan has named an experienced starting fifteen with the only change being the return of the experienced Culum Retallick in the number five jersey combining with Captain Keepa Mewett to complete the locking duo. The explosive backline will remain unchanged spearheaded by the illusive Monty Ioane.
McMillan has a talented bench to call upon with the inclusion of All Black hooker Nathan Harris and the welcomed return of loose forwards Tyler Ardron in jersey number 19 and Mitchell Karpik in jersey 20.
The Bay of Plenty Steamers is as follows:
1. Aidan Ross (21)
2. Liam Polwart (11)
3. Jeff Thwaites (18)
4. Keepa Mewett (32) – Captain
5. Culum Retallick (109)
6. Tom Franklin (9)
7. Hugh Blake (17)
8. Jesse Parete (17)
9. Richard Judd (8)
10. Mike Delany (69) – Vice Captain
11. Joe Webber (23)
12. Terrence Hepetema (16)
13. Lalakai Foketi (26)
14. Monty Ioane (27)
15. Chase Tiatia (23)
16. Nathan Harris (28)
17. Jordan Lay (6)
18. James Lay (7)
19. Tyler Ardron (4)/Troy Callander (20)
20. Mitchell Karpik (3)
21. Ajay Mua (1)
22. Luke Campbell (13)
23. Elijah Nicholas (14)
() Denotes number of games
* Denotes Bay of Plenty Steamers debut
Denotes Blazer game
Unavailable for selection due to injury:
Solomona Sakalia, Isaac Te Aute and Liam Steel
To kick off the afternoon, Bay of Plenty’s upcoming rugby talent will be on display when the Bay of Plenty Under 15’s take on Waikato Under 15’s at 12.30pm.
Not only will Saturday be an afternoon out for the rugby enthusiasts with two quality games to set their eyes on, but it will be a great day out for Whanau, friends and supporters.
Spectators can grab a tasty bite to eat from the Little Big Markets; a beverage from Mount Brewing Co. and the kids can be entertained in the Mount Maunganui New World Whanau zone with face painting, skills and drills, free giveaways and pre-game autographs with the Steamers.
“Kids Eat Free” returns to the Tauranga Domain with a free kids BBQ meal. The first 250 kids at the Mount Maunganui New World Whanau Zone will get to snap up this offer with their kids’ ticket.
Don’t get stuck in traffic and take a free bus ride with Western Bay of Plenty Regional Councils free bus transport to the game. Simply present your game day ticket to redeem on all allocated bus routes.
Tickets are available online for all Steamers Mitre 10 Cup home games click here or www.ticketmaster.co.nz. Alternatively tickets can be purchased from the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union offices, at any Ticketmaster outlet or at the gate on game day. Adults $20* Students $10* Children Under 14 $5*and Children Under 5 Free.
Saturday 14 October
Bay of Plenty Steamers vs. Waikato
Kick off 2.35pm
Bay of Plenty Under 15 v Waikato Under 15
Kick off 12.30pm
Children Under 14: $5*
Children Under 5: Free
*additional ticketing fees will apply