Thursday, January 11, 2018
The Bay of Plenty Provincial Sevens teams are set for action at this weekend’s Bayleys National Sevens at Rotorua International Stadium.
Bay of Plenty Men’s Sevens’ Head Coach Paul Tietjens has named an experienced side with plenty of x-factor. Captained by Te Puna’s Te Aihe Toma, will include All Black Sevens representatives Teddy Stanaway and Bailey Simonsson and the return of Luke Masirewa to the fold.
Tietjens highlighted the team will be taking a game by game focus to provide them with the best platform to progressing into the later stages of the tournament.
“We won’t be looking any further ahead than our first game against Mid-Canterbury, that’s our main focus at this stage. However we know we are going to have to play six finals to allow us to have good crack at our first National Sevens title at home.
“Our two main focuses following last weekend’s tournament heading into this weekend will be our kick offs and defence. We need to ensure we maintain possession from when we are kicking off and receiving. Defensively a couple of times in the weekend we got exposed in different positions last weekend so we will be looking to get these two areas right before this weekend,” said Tietjens.
The experience of All Black Sevens players Bailey Simonsson and Teddy Stanaway will bring added x-factor to Tietjens side but all twelve players’ will need to perform as a team to deliver a successful campaign.
“Teddy has loads of experience at the international level and he brings that x-factor to the side as well as a lot of knowledge and experience. He is a great communicator and that lifts the confidence of the boys around him. With Bailey coming in to, he also brings a huge dose of x-factor. He is very quick, very good on his feet and dangerous with ball in hand.
“There will need to be twelve guys that stand up and do their core roles really well to be successful on the weekend,” said Tietjens.
Bay of Plenty Men’s Sevens Side:
Te Aihe Toma – Captain
Head Coach: Paul Tietjens
Assistant Coach: Euan Mackintosh
Manager: Courtney Barrow-Fraser
Trainer: Aidan Butterworth
Physio: Nicola Shanks
The Bay of Plenty Women’s Head Coach Victoria Grant has named an exciting young team strengthened with the experience of Black Ferns Sevens Players’ Michaela Blyde and Kelly Brazier.
Following a progressive three month campaign Grant is confident the momentum will continue into this weekend.
“We have been building to this weekend over the past three months. Over that time the girls’ have pushed one another to gain their spot in our final twelve. Now that we are here, the girls’ have stepped up a level both in confidence and intensity,” said Grant.
The team will benefit with the inclusion of their Black Fern Sevens players’ however it is the exciting young talent that Grant will be hoping to stand out this weekend.
“It is great to have Michaela and Kelly with us again this weekend, their experience has lifted the confidence of our younger girls. We have a relatively younger side, but these girls are talented and exciting to watch, when their confidence is high they can definitely hold their own and produce something special,” said Grant.
Grant finished she will be calling for patience on attack and for her side to work hard on defence.
Bay of Plenty Women’s Sevens Team:
Rebecca Kersten – Captain
Head Coach: Victoria Grant
Assistant Coach: Tom Morrison
Manager: Michaela Tahere
Trainer: Keith Roberts
Physio: Alana Lloyd
Pool A: Counties Manukau, Taranaki, Waikato, Wanganui
Pool B: Bay of Plenty, Auckland, Canterbury, Mid Canterbury
Pool C: Wellington, Tasman, Northland, Southland
Pool D: Manawatu, North Harbour, Hawke’s Bay, Otago
Pool A: Waikato, Canterbury, Otago, Poverty Bay
Pool B: Manawatu, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, North Harbour
Pool C: Auckland, Counties Manukau, Hawke’s Bay, Southland
Draw: Click here
When: 13-14 January 2018
Where: Rotorua International Stadium
Watch: Live on SKY Sport