Steamers player celebrates 70th game
Posted at 9:30am Saturday 07 Oct, 2017
ead Coach Clayton McMillan has announced that Mike Delany will be having his 70th appearance with the Steamers. File Photo.
Mike Delany will lead his 70th appearance for the Streamers when they join the Volcanix in their voyage south to Dunedin today.
With the Mitre 10 Cup round robin drawing to a close the battle is on for the remaining three semi-final spots, Head Coach Clayton McMillan has named an experienced starting fifteen to run out against Otago today at 2.35pm.
The Bay of Plenty rugby player Mike Delany will lead the ship in his 70th appearance for the Steamers, in an unchanged backline.
While Matthew Garland in just his second appearance will provide midfield cover, and Elijah Nicholas will provide extra back cover following Isaac Te Aute's knee injury.
The Steamers will be led by Captain Keepa Mewett, and the forward pack will see the return of Liam Polwart named as the starting hooker.
In the reserves openside flanker Matthew Axtens has been named in the number 19 jersey. Axtens will be joined by the formidable Ajay Mua, who will be hoping to make an impact off the bench in his first appearance for the Steamers.
The Bay of Plenty Steamers is as follows:
1. Aidan Ross (20)
2. Liam Polwart (10)
3. Jeff Thwaites (17)
4. Troy Callander (19)
5. Keepa Mewett (30) – Captain
6. Tom Franklin (8)
7. Hugh Blake (16)
8. Jesse Parete (16)
9. Richard Judd (7)
10. Mike Delany (69) – Vice Captain
11. Joe Webber (7)
12. Terrence Hepetema (15)
13. Lalakai Foketi (26)
14. Monty Ioane (18)
15. Chase Tiatia (22)
16. Sabastian Siataga (12)
17. Jordan Lay (5)
18. James Lay (6)
19. Matthew Axtens (6)
20. Ajay Mua*
21. Luke Campbell (12)
22. Matthew Garland (1)
23. Elijah Nicholas (13)
() Denotes number of games
* Denotes Bay of Plenty Steamers debut
** Denotes Blazer game
Game Details: Saturday 7 October Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin Otago vs. Bay of Plenty Steamers Kick off 2.35pm