Friday, September 22, 2017
Following the Bay of Plenty Steamers impressive defeat of the Southland Stags at Rotorua International Stadium on Wednesday night, the Steamers will run out in a special edition heritage jersey to face Counties Manukau at the Tauranga Domain on Sunday at 2.35pm.
The Steamers will be expecting a vocal crowd to support them this Sunday following the Mitre 10 Farah Palmer Cup match between the Bay of Plenty Volcanix and Tasman Makos.
The Bay of Plenty Steamers side is largely unchanged with only the introduction of Elijah Nicholas into the starting 15. James O’Reilly, Aidan Ross and Matthew Axtens will start off the bench, with Matthew Garland looking to make his debut for the Steamers this weekend.
The Bay of Plenty Steamers is as follows:
1. Solomona Sakalia (32)
2. Liam Polwart (9)
3. Jeff Thwaites (15)
4. Culum Retallick (108)
5. Keepa Mewett (28) – Captain
6. Tom Franklin (6)
7. Hugh Blake (14)**
8. Jesse Parete (14)**
9. Richard Judd (5)
10. Mike Delany (67) – Vice Captain
11. Joe Webber (5)
12. Terrence Hepetema (13)
13. Lalakai Foketi (24)
14. Elijah Nicholas (11)
15. Chase Tiatia (20)
16. James O’Reilly (13)
17. Aidan Ross (15)
18. James Lay (4)
19. Troy Callander (17)
20. Matthew Axtens (5)
21. Luke Campbell (10)
22. Matthew Garland* (0)
23. Isaac Te Aute (15)
() Denotes number of games
* Denotes Bay of Plenty Steamers debut
** Denotes Blazer game
The Bay of Plenty Rugby Union will be proudly hosting a special Heritage function this Sunday. The Heritage function proudly supported by Seeka will have the expected attendance of 47 former Bay of Plenty representatives who represented Bay of Plenty sides in 1959, 1966, 1971, 1977, 1983 and 2005 being years where Bay of Plenty, or a combined team involving players from Bay of Plenty, played against the touring British and Irish Lions.
Bay of Plenty Rugby Union CEO Mike Rogers commented on the overwhelming response to attend the Heritage function and reminisce the ‘good old days’.
“We have had an overwhelmingly strong response from our former players and we’re confident that the day will be a huge success. The function will be a wonderful occasion for former players from these teams to catch up and reminisce about the ‘good old days’, as well as hopefully take in a Steamers victory over Counties Manukau.
“The Steamers will be wearing a special Heritage jersey for the match against Counties Manukau. The jersey is a replica of what was worn by Bay of Plenty teams in the 1970’s and 1980’s, although will have this year’s required sponsors and branding,” said Rogers.
To add to the celebrations the Steamers team will run out in a special edition Heritage jersey. The design has been modelled off the 1983 Steamers Jersey and is a cotton texture but still maintains a stream line look to be durable for the game the Steamers play today.
Not only with Sunday be an afternoon out for the rugby enthusiasts with two quality games to set their eyes on but a fantastic day out for Whanau and friends. Spectators can grab a tasty bite to east from the Little Big Markets, a beverage from Mount Brewing Co. and the kids can be entertained in the Whanau zone with face painting, skills and drills, free giveaways and pre-game autographs with the Steamers.
Western Bay of Plenty Regional Council is providing free bus transport to the game. Simply present your game day ticket to redeem on all allocated bus routes.
Sunday 24 September
Tauranga Domain, Tauranga
Bay of Plenty Volcanix vs. Tasman Makos
Kick off 12.05pm
Bay of Plenty Steamers vs. Counties Manukau
Kick off 2.35pm
Children Under 14: $5*
Children Under 5’s: 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.