Bay of Plenty v Wellington Live

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Sunday 4th October 03:35 GMT


The Bay of Plenty Steamers play host to Wellington Lions on Sunday, at the Baypark Stadium in Mount Maunganui. The Steamers occupy fourth place, but have a six point advantage over Southland with two games remaining. As the Stags have to play top of the table Hawke’s Bay Magpies on Sunday, it may be that Bay will qualify for the play-offs, whatever the outcome of their game against the Lions.

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The Lions drew a thrilling top of the table encounter with the Magpies at the beginning of Week 8 22-22, which left them still three points adrift of their rivals. In the final week of the season, the Lions and the Magpies play the two bottom teams in the Premiership table, which should make for some huge and tense clashed, with so much at stake for all four sides.

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The Lions have played with such an intent to return to the top flight of the ITM Cup in 2016, after their disastrous campaign in 2014, which saw them unceremoniously relegated to the Championship, that it is impossible to see the Steamers putting a spoke in the works this week. With the best defence, as well as one of the most potent attacks, it would be a surprise if Wellington didn't bounce straight back into the Premiership, although the Magpies are certainly bound to have plenty to say on that matter.

Tags: Bay of Plenty, Baypark Stadium, ITM Cup, Wellington
Posted: 4th October 2015

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