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Preview: Wellington v Bay of Plenty

11th September 2013 11:32

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Tino Nemani for Bay of Plenty

Steamers wing: Tino Nemani

Wellington will be keen to keep their faultless ITM Cup season on the right track when they host Bay of Plenty at Westpac Stadium on Thursday.

The Lions are sitting pretty at the top after winning their opening five games with a try bonus-point, leaving them two points ahead of Auckland.

On Thursday they will face a Steamers line-up that will be captained by fly-half Willie Ripia and also includes Beau Robinson and Kendrick Lynn.

Bay of Plenty are currently bottom of the table following Taranaki's 23-10 victory over Hawke's Bay so concern over relegation is growing.

More to follow...

The teams:

Wellington: tbc

Bay of Plenty: 15 Dave Thomas, 14 Tino Nemani, 13 Kendrick Lynn, 12 Sam Beard, 11 Kimami Sitauti, 10 Willie Ripia (capt), 9 Josh Hall, 8 Carl Axtens, 7 Beau Robinson, 6 Joe Tupe, 5 Culum Retallick, 4 Johan Bardoul, 3 Albert Anae, 2 Joe Royal, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Pingi Tala'apitaga, 18 Beau Williams, 19 Kieran Black, 20 Te Aihe Toma, 21 Nick Evemy, 22 Elliott Hagan.

Date: Thursday, September 12
Kick-off: 19:35 local (08:35 BST, 07:35 GMT)
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Referee: Michael Lash

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