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Bay of Plenty Steamers named to play Manawatu

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
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The Bay of Plenty Steamers will host Manawatu at Rotorua International Stadium on Thursday 27 September at 7.35pm in their final scheduled round robin home game at Rotorua International Stadium for the Mitre 10 Cup season.

Head Coach Clayton McMillan will welcome the return of number eight Hoani Matenga and full back Chase Tiatia.

The Bay of Plenty Steamers front row will once again retain their starting positions. Rotoiti’s Baden Wardlaw will start alongside Kane Le’aupepe in the second row. With the return of Matenga at number eight, Captain Tyler Ardron will move to the blindside and Mitch Karprik will start in the number seven jersey to complete the changes in the forward pack.

The only remaining change in the starting fifteen will be a new midfield combination of Liam Steel and Fa’asiu Fuatai. Steel will don the number twelve jersey with Fuatai moving into centre.

To complete the twenty three, again the replacement front row remain unchanged alongside number eight AJ Mua and half back Luke Campbell. Te Puna’s Zane Kapeli moves into jersey number 20 with the return of Matenga and Karpik starting once more. Kapeli will be joined by replacement lock Aaron Carroll and full back Tiatia returns from injury to round out the reserves.

Bay of Plenty Steamers:

1. Solomona Sakalia (39)
2. Tom Crozier (4)
3. Ross Geldenhuys (6)
4. Baden Wardlaw (4)
5. Kane Le’aupepe (4)
6. Tyler Ardron (11) ©
7. Mitch Karpik (12)
8. Hoani Matenga (5)
9. Richard Judd (15)
10. Jason Robertson (4)
11. Matthew Garland (7)
12. Liam Steel (10)
13. Fa’asiu Fuatai (6)
14. Bailey Simonsson (3)
15. Kaleb Trask (3)


16. Angus MacDonald (5)
17. James Lay (16)
18. Jeff Thwaites (27)
19. Aaron Carroll (5)
20. Zane Kapeli (3)
21. AJ Lafaele-Mua (4)
22. Luke Campbell (22)
23. Chase Tiatia (31)

* Denotes debut
** Denotes blazer game – 15 games
() Denotes number of games

In support of Blue September Thursday evening’s game is dedicated to generating awareness for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand. On behalf of the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union CEO Mike Rogers will be making a formal donation to Prostate Cancer Foundation New Zealand CEO Graeme Woodside. Donations will be collected at the gate, alongside a donation received from the sales of a number of playing jerseys. Rotorua’s Pukeroa Holdings Group will donate $500 per converted try scored by the home team, with a maximum of $2,000 they are hoping to donate.

Adding to the entertainment of the evening the whanau zone will be open with skills and drills, free giveaways and pre-game autographs with the Steamers.

Game Details:
Thursday 27 September
Rotorua International Stadium

Mitre 10 Cup:
Bay of Plenty Steamers vs. Manawatu
Kick-off 7.35pm

Ticket Prices on-line:
Adult: $20.00*
Students: $10.00*
Children Under 14: $5.00*
Children Under 5: Free
*additional ticketing fees will apply

Ticket Prices at the gate:
Adult: $25.00*
Students: $15.00*
Children Under 14: $7.50*
Children Under 5: Free
Family pass: $65.00
*additional ticketing fees will apply

Tickets are available online for all Bay of Plenty Steamers Mitre 10 Cup home games held at Rotorua International Stadium at www.ticketmaster.co.nz or alternatively tickets can be purchased from the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union offices, at any Ticketmaster outlet or at the gate on game day.

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  1. Louie Louie Aaron Carroll,Kapeli and Tiatia must start team bs taranaki should be emulated more often Thursday, September 27, 2018

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