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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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FixtureDetails
All times are local
ITM Cup
Thursday , August 14
Taranaki vs Counties Manukau19:35
Friday , August 15
Southland vs Bay Of Plenty19:35
Saturday , August 16
Otago vs North Harbour14:35
Canterbury vs Auckland16:35
Wellington vs Waikato18:35
Sunday , August 17
Tasman vs Hawkes Bay14:35
Northland vs Manawatu16:35
Thursday , August 21
North Harbour vs Southland19:35
Friday , August 22
Waikato vs Canterbury18:05
Hawkes Bay vs Taranaki20:05
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ITM Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Wellington1042
2Canterbury1040
3Auckland1036
4Counties Manukau1028
5Waikato1021