Bay of Plenty v Waikato Live

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Bay of Plenty                          Waikato
Saturday 5th October 01:35 GMT

 

If Bay of Plenty are going to make a late challenge to stay in the ITM Cup Premiership for another season, then they are going to have to start with a victory over Waikato, though they couldn't be facing the opponents at a better time, with them coming into the game off of the back of a record-breaking defeat against a Championship side.

The Steamers welcome back Tanerau Latimer, who will give their pack some much needed power, while Nick Evemy will take a place on the bench, to make way for Sam Beard. Josh Hall will make a rare start at halfback, and Johan Bardoul comes in for Joe Tupe.

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Waikato are relieved to announce captain Jackson Willison in the side at fly half, with Prop Ben Tameifuna, Wharenui Hawera, Adam Burn, Rory Grice and Brayden Mitchell all returning for the visitors, with Niko Malo making a debut on the left wing.

Bay of Plenty haven't won a match since round 2, when they defeated Hawke's Bay by 24-20, though Waikato's season hasn't been much better, reaching its lowest point last week, when they were humiliated 28-64 by Championship side Tasman. Never before, had a Waikato provincial side conceded 64 points.


Tags: Bay of Plenty, ITM Cup, Tanerau Latimer, Johan Bardoul, Ben Tameifuna, Wharenui Hawera, Rory Grice, Niko Malo, Waikato
Posted: 5th October 2013


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