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Bay of Plenty Steamers set for final match against Northland

Thursday, October 11, 2018
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The Bay of Plenty Steamers has been named to face Northland in their final Mitre 10 Cup match of the season at the Tauranga Domain at 2.35pm.

Head Coach Clayton McMillan has made only two changes to his starting fifteen for Saturday’s match, including debutant Emoni Narawa.

Jeff Thwaites will start at tight head prop shifting Ross Geldenhyus to the bench. Loosehead prop James Lay and hooker Tom Crozier remain unchanged in the front row. Locking duo of Baden Wardlaw and Kane Le’aupepe will complete the tight five. Flanker Tyler Ardron will captain the side from six in his blazer game for the Steamers. Mitch Karpik will remain on the openside and Hoani Matenga at number eight.

In the backs, the only change will see Bay of Plenty Under 19 winger Emoni Narawa debut on the right wing after Bailey Simonsson sustained a knee injury against Southland.

Geldenhuys is the only change for the replacement forwards on the bench from last weekend’s win over Southland. The reserve replacements for the backs will see Trael Joass cover the midfield and hopeful Bay of Plenty Under 19 first five eight Cole Forbes make is debut donning jersey number twenty three. Yet to be confirmed is replacement half back cover with Richard Judd bracketed with Isaac Te Aute.

Bay of Plenty Steamers:

1. James Lay (19)
2. Tom Crozier (7)
3. Jeff Thwaites (30)
4. Baden Wardlaw (7)
5. Kane Le’aupepe (7)
6. Tyler Ardron (14)** ©
7. Mitch Karpik (15)
8. Hoani Matenga (8)
9. Luke Campbell (25)
10. Kaleb Trask (6)
11. Fa’asiu Fuatai (9)
12. Terrence Hepetema (27)
13. Liam Steel (13)
14. Bailey Simonsson (6)
15. Chase Tiatia (34)

Reserves:
16. Valentine Meachen (2)
17. Josh Davey (2)
18. Ross Geldenhuys (9)
19. Aaron Carroll (8)
20. Zane Kapeli (6)
21. Richard Judd (17)/Isaac Te Aute (19)
22. Trael Joass (5)
23. Cole Forbes*

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

Saturday’s double header will be focused around raising awareness for mental health and well-being.

Prior to kick off a number of non-playing Bay of Plenty Steamers will be involved in getting 50 kids active as a part of the Mainfreight Steamers day encouraging the importance of being active to stimulate positive well-being.

The Bay of Plenty Steamers will continue to generate awareness for mental health by pulling on purple socks.

Saturday afternoon will not only be a great day 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 kombucha from Good Buzz or an assortment of beverage options from Mount Brewing Co.

The kids can be entertained in the Whanau zone with free face painting thanks to More FM, skills and drills, free giveaways and pre-game autographs with the Steamers.

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.

Game Details:
Saturday 13 October
Tauranga Domain, Tauranga

Mitre 10 Cup:
Bay of Plenty Steamers vs. Northland
Kick-off 2.35pm

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 at www.dashtickets.co.nz or click here to be directed from our website. Alternatively tickets can be purchased from the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union offices or at the gate on game day, extra charges will apply on game day.

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