Thursday, August 24, 2017
Head Coach Clayton McMillan has named an unchanged starting fifteen to take on Hawke’s Bay in the BNZ Battle of the Bays at Rotorua International Stadium 5.45pm tomorrow.
The Bay of Plenty Steamers bench has had a reshuffle seeing five changes in the bid to claim the Macrae-Shelford Bay Cup. Whakarewarewa’s James Lay wearing the number 18 jersey and Mount Maunganui Sports Liam Steel in the number 22 jersey will be hoping to earn their first cap off the bench.
Joining Lay and Steel will be Sabastian Siataga who remains as the reserve hooker, loose head prop Solomona Sakalia, centurion Culum Retallick and Jesse Parete replaces Henry Stowers to complete the forwards on the reserve bench. Half back Luke Campbell and utility back Elijah Nicholas retain their spot in the 23 and will be looking to make an impact off the bench.
The Bay of Plenty Steamers is as follows:
1. Aidan Ross (15) – Te Puke Sports
2. James O’Reilly (10) – Te Puke Sports
3. Siegfried Fisi’ihoi (29) – Rotoiti
4. Tom Franklin (1) – Opotiki
5. Keepa Mewett (25) – Tauranga Sports – Captain
6. Hugh Blake (9) – Te Puke Sports
7. Mitchell Karpik (1) – Rangataua
8. Tyler Ardron (1) – Papamoa Rugby Club
9. Richard Judd (1) – Mount Maunganui Sports
10. Mike Delany (62) – Mount Maunganui Sports – Vice Captain
11. Joe Webber (1) – Te Puke Sports
12. Terrence Hepetema (8) – Te Puna
13. Lalakai Foketi (19) – Rangataua
14. Monty Ioane (12) – Greerton Marist
15. Chase Tiatia (15) – Rangataua
16. Sabastian Siataga (9) – Mount Maunganui Sports
17. Solomona Sakalia (28) – Mount Maunganui Sports
18. James Lay* – Whakarewarewa
19. Culum Retallick (103) – Tauranga Sports
20. Jesse Parete (10) – Rangataua
21. Luke Campbell (5) – Te Puke Sports
22. Liam Steel* – Mount Maunganui Sports
23. Elijah Nicholas (8) – Te Puna
() Denotes number of games
* Denotes Bay of Plenty Steamers debut
** Denotes Blazer game
Following the curtain raiser between Bay of Plenty Under 16’s and Thames Valley Under 16’s at 3.30pm, the celebration of club rugby will ignite. Over 1,000 junior club rugby players will be in attendance from across the Bay of Plenty and par take in a junior club rugby march past around the field. To add to the celebrations the Steamers team will run out in their respective club rugby socks to show their appreciation for their respective Bay of Plenty rugby clubs.
The fun for the kids continues with the return of the Whanau zone with face painting, skills and drills, free giveaways and pre-game autographs with the Steamers.
Tomorrow night’s game will also see the inclusion of the Edge Zone a joint initiative between the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union and Whakatāne District Council to support the wider community who have been affected by the April floods.
At the conclusion of the BNZ Battle of the Bays the winning team will not only hold the rights of being the rightful Bay but will also be the first to be engraved in the new Macrae-Shelford Bay Cup.
Friday 25 August
Rotorua International Stadium
Bay of Plenty Under 16’s v Thames Valley Under 16’s
Kick off 3.30pm
Steamers vs. Hawke’s Bay
Kick off 5.45pm
Children Under 14: $5*
Children Under 5: Free
*additional ticketing fees will apply
Tickets are available online for all Steamers Mitre 10 Cup home games at www.boprugby.co.nz 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.