Wellington arrive in Mount Maunganui knowing that victory over Bay of Plenty would take them back to the top of the ITM Cup standings.
Wellington arrive in Mount Maunganui knowing that any victory over Bay of Plenty on Tuesday would take them back to the top of the ITM Cup table.
After going down to Auckland 43-30 on Saturday, the Lions are seeking a response in this their second of a three-match run in the space of eight days. They host North Harbour on Saturday.
The Steamers enter this clash having had an extra day to recover from their round nine loss to Hawke's Bay in Napier on Friday, losing the battle of the Bays in heartbreaking circumstances. Leading 41-35 with time up on the clock, the Magpies scored the winning try to prevail 42-41.
A considerable number of the Steamers side know the feeling of victory against the Lions. Last year Phil Burleigh scored a try, with starting fly-half Chris Noakes slotting 12 points.
Bay of Plenty: 15 Lance MacDonald, 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Kendrick Lynn, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Mafi Kefu, 10 Chris Noakes, 9 Lewis Hancock, 8 Luke Braid, 7 Tanerau Latimer (capt), 6 Dan Goodwin, 5 Leon Power, 4 Culum Retallick, 3 Josh Hohneck, 2 John Pareanga, 1 Tristan Moran.
Replacements: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Greg Pleasants-Tate, 18 Carl Axtens, 19 Jesse Acton, 20 Nick McCashin, 21 Simon Rolleston, 22 Jack Wilson / Maru Henry.
Wellington: 15 Charlie Ngatai, 14 Alipate Leiua, 13 Tim Bateman, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Matt Proctor, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Kayne Hammington, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Lua Lokotui, 5 Ross Filipo, 4 Jeremy Thrush (capt), 3 Jeffrey Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Solomon Sakalia.
Replacements: 16 Motu Matu'u, 17 Whetu Henry, 18 Mark Reddish, 19 Genesis Mamea, 20 Frae Wilson, 21 Ope Peleseuma, 22 Jason Woodward.
Date: Tuesday, September 25
Kick-off: 19:35 local (08:35 BST, 07:35 GMT)
Venue: BayPark Stadium, Mt Maunganui
Referee: Keith Brown