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Sunday 28th August 04:35 GMT


Counties Mapnukau (Steelers) meet the Bay of Plenty (Steamers) in a ITM Cup, crossover match on Sunday at the ECOLight Stadium, Pukekohe. Having both lost their opening fixture last weekend, both sides will be glad to welcome back their All Black 7's players from the Rio Olymics. Counties will have August Pulu at halfback and Sione Molia on the wing, while Bay will have Regan Ware ready to come off of the replacements bench.

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The Counties Manukau Steelers coach Darryl Suasua, has responded to the 17-20 defeat to North Harbour, by making seven changes to the starting XV on Sunday. One of them enforced, as flanker Fotu Lokotui broke his leg in last weekend's lost in Albany. His place will be taken by Jordan Taufua, who although not a regular in the No. 7 shirt, has worn it in the past under Tana Umaga. The Steamers have also made a number of changes, after falling 22-30 to Taranaki in their opening fixture. They left themselves with far too much to do in Round 1, when they allowed Taranaki to open up a 0-21 lead. Although they were stirred to a tremendous comeback in front of their own fans, they came up short, as fullback Marty McKenzie's boot punished them repeatedly, as he ended with three conversions and three penalties to his credit.

Posted: 6th September 2015


The Counties Manukau Steelers host the Bay of Plenty Steamers at the ECOLight Stadium on Sunday, in an ITM Cup Crossover match, in a game that is vital to the Premiership side, both to keep them clear of the relegation position, currently occupied by manawatu, but also to keep in touch with the teams above them, who are vying for the play-off positions. Counties were extremely sloppy when they went down to Championship high flyers Hawke's Bay in Week 3, the final score in Pukekohe being 11-35. An improved display earlier in Week 4 away to Taranaki, still ended in defeat, although the 10-17 final scoreline did at least provide a consolation losing bonus point.

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The Steamers have won two of their four games this season, but have yet to secure a bonus point of any description and sit in third position in the Championship table. However, they are already some way behind the leaders, Hawke's Bay and Wellington. They began week 3 with a good win over Southland, but the gulf in class between themselves and a struggling Premiership side, the Waikato Mooloos, was clear for all to see, as the Steamers went down on home soil by 10-43.

Posted: 7th September 2012


On Friday, September 7th, the ITM Cup continues when Counties Manukau and Bay of Plenty face off in Pukekohe, at 20:05 local time and 08:05 GMT. Counties Manukau leads the Championship standings at the moment with eleven points. However, the tables will be changing considerably over the next few weeks, because the season has just started. Counties Man takes their top spot because they have won two games from the three that they have played. Otago, Tasman and Northland are tied for second with five points.

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As for Bay Of Plenty, they are currently in the last spot in the Premiership table. They are the only team with four points so far, which they got from winning one of the two games that they played. Wellington leads the Premiership.

Tags: Bay Of Plenty, ITM Cup, ECOLight Stadium, Counties Manukau
Posted: 28th August 2016

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