Friday, October 4, 2019
Seamers coach Clayton McMillan says his side isn’t getting ahead of themselves as they prepare for their clash with Manawatu.
Currently, the Steamers (31) sit second on the Mitre 10 Cup Championship Table, three points behind Hawke’s Bay (34). The side has the potential to take the top spot if they beat Manawatu and Hawke’s Bay lose to Tasman.
But McMillan says the side is purely focused on their game against Manawatu at Tauranga Domain on Saturday at 2.35pm.
“I’m not too focus on where we finish on the points table. We know we can take the lead. But ultimately, we must keep performing to make that a reality.
“So, we can’t worry about what’s happening with Hawke’s Bay. We just have to respect the opposition teams we have over the next couple of weeks and not become complacent.”
McMillan says it was important not to get too far ahead of themselves.
“Our experience in the past has seen us start the season well and then we’ve dropped the ball, or we have not started so well and come home with a wet sail.
“We want to avoid both those situations and get consistency with our performance and take one game at a time. That has been our focus this season.”
Stan van den Hoven, Chris Eves and Joe Johnson will make their Steamers’ debut from the bench and McMillan says, the trio has shown great commitment to the team, biding their time for an opportunity to get a chance to play.
“They are naturally excited. But they have prepared this week, the same way they have every week. It’s not easy to be involved with a team and not being named week in and week out.
“But they have shown great commitment to training and community engagement. Their teammates are excited for them because they know how hard they have worked to earn their spot.”
McMillan says, he is expecting a tough encounter against Manawatu.
“They are the most improved side in the competition over the last couple of weeks. They had a slow start to the season. But they have started to find some form, they had a good victory over Canterbury, down there, which isn’t an easy feat.
“They are a much-improved side and have a smart coach and a really good roster. If they can keep all their players out on the field, they will be a threat.”
Bay of Plenty Volcanix will open the double-header on Saturday taking on Manawatu at 12.35pm. Gates open at 12pm.
Bay of Plenty Steamers
1. Aidan Ross (C) (32)
2. Kurt Eklund (8)
3. Ross Geldenhuys (16)
4. Baden Wardlaw (16)
5. Alex Ainley (6)
6. Aaron Carroll (17)
7. Hugh Blake (32)
8. Hoani Matenga (16)
9. Richard Judd (25)
10. Kaleb Trask (12)
11. Joe Ravouvou (6)
12. Chase Tiatia (43)
13. Mathew Skipwith-Garland (15)
14. Emoni Narawa (9)
15. Pryor Collier (3)
16. Nathan Vella (5)
17. Tevita Mafileo (7)
18. Chris Eves* (0)
19. Stan van den Hoven* (0)
20. Abraham Papali’i (4)
21. Joe Johnson* (0)
22. Leroy Carter (7)
23. Jason Robertson (11)
* Denotes debut
** Denotes blazer game – 15 games
() Denotes games played
Team subject to change
Bay of Plenty Double Header
Saturday October 5
Gates open at 12pm
Farah Palmer Cup:
Bay of Plenty Volcanix v Manawatu
Mitre 10 Cup:
Bay of Plenty Steamers v Manawatu