Preview: Hawke's Bay v Bay of Plenty (RS)
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Wins: Hawke’s Bay 18, Bay of Plenty 25
Last match: Hawke’s Bay 36 Bay of Plenty 17, Napier 2014 (RS)
HAWKE’S BAY: 1.Tolu Fahamokioa, 2.Jorian Tangaere, 3.Brendon Edmonds, 4.Michael Allardice, 5.Junior Waqa, 6.Tony Lamborn, 7.Tom Stanley, 8.Brendan O’Connor (captain), 9.Chris Eaton, 10.Ihaia West, 11.Shannan Chase, 12.Andrew Horrell ,13.Richard Buckman, 14.Ryan Tongia, 15.Israel Dagg.
Reserves: 16. Ricky Riccitelli, 17.Jason Long, 18.Jarvy Aoake, 19.Sanaila Waqa, 20.Trent Boswell, 21.Ellery Wilson, 22.Billy Rophia, 23.Robbie Fruean.
BAY OF PLENTY: 1.Solomona Sakalia, 2.Nathan Harris, 3.Pingi Tala’apitaga, 4.Keepa Mewett, 5.Culum Retallick (captain), 6.Shahn Eru, 7.Zak Hohneck, 8.Joe Tupe, 9.Te Aihe Toma, 10.Nick Evemy, 11.Elijah Nicolas, 12.Lalakai Foketi, 13.Tino Nemani, 14.Craig Clare, 15.Chase Tiatia.
Squad Update: Hawke’s Bay remain without Zac Guildford, who is three quarters of the way through his ban for a lifting tackle. The Magpies, though, have the luxury of a largely unchanged squad for Saturday’s game. He’s joined on the sidelines by injured loose forward Gareth Evans. Despite being his side’s top tryscorer with four, Israel Dagg will be looking to atone for a rare off night in Christchurch last week, as will captain Brendon O’Connor at the back of the scrum.
Key Players: Shannan Chase has continued to be a threat in broken play on the wing for Hawke’s Bay, while Robbie Fruean’s physicality should see him play a key role outside confident playmaker Ihaia West. The side’s star power has seen them score 24 tries across five games, the joint highest of the competition alongside Auckland and Wellington.
Tino Nemani has plenty of talent, and with the dangerous Chase Tiatia given plenty of space at fullback there should be plenty of firepower for the Steamers to attack with. Expect plenty of bite from Johan Bardoul when he is called upon in the second half, too.
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