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Bay of Plenty Steamers named for Macrae-Shelford Bay Cup defence

Thursday, September 6, 2018
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Head Coach Clayton McMillan has named a strong line up to take on Hawke’s Bay for their first defence of the Macrae-Shelford Bay Cup at McLean Park in Napier on Saturday afternoon at 4.35pm.

The Bay of Plenty Steamers suffered their first loss of the season against premiership side Canterbury at the Tauranga Domain, however will be eager to return to their winning form this weekend for the Battle of the Bays.

McMillan has made only one change to the starting forward pack with Kane Le’aupepe returning to start for lock Tyler Ardron whom is on leave.

The backline sees a reshuffle with Liam Steel back to start at centre with Trael Joass moving to the bench. Mathew Garland returns to the left wing combining with Fa’asiu Fuatai on the right and Chase Tiatia slotting into fullback once more.

The remaining changes to the 23 will see Hugh Blake return from injury to pull on jersey number 20 and Jason Robertson secures his spot in jersey number 22.

Bay of Plenty Steamers:
1. Solomona Sakalia (36)
2. Tom Crozier (1)
3. Ross Geldenhuys (3)
4. Kane Le’aupepe (2)
5. Baden Wardlaw (2)
6. Tanerau Latimer (81) ©
7. Mitch Karpik (9)
8. Hoani Matenga (3)
9. Richard Judd (13)
10. Mike Delany (75) ©
11. Mathew Garland (5)
12. Terrence Hepetema (22)
13. Liam Steel (7)
14. Fa’asiu Fuatai (3)
15. Chase Tiatia (29)

Reserves:
16. Angus MacDonald (3)
17. James Lay (13)
18. Jeff Thwaites (24)
19. Aaron Carroll (3)
20. Hugh Blake (21)
21. Luke Campbell (19)
22. Jason Robertson (1)
23. Trael Joass (3)

The Macrae-Shelford Bay Cup fittingly honours two stalwarts of the game Ian Macrae and Frank Shelford, who have both represented the All Blacks and both provinces.

Second five-eight and centre Ian Macrae played seven matches for the Bay of Plenty in 1962 before heading to Hawke’s Bay to see out his rugby career playing a further 85 matches between 1963 to 1971.

Bay of Plenty centurion, flanker Frank Shelford pulled on the Bay of Plenty jersey 121 times between 1977 to 1987, however wore the Hawke’s Bay black and white hoops in 1983 for 12 games before returning to the Bay of Plenty to finish his playing career.

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

Game Details:
Saturday 8 September
McLean Park, Napier
Kick-off: 4.35pm

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