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Co-leaders of the Bartercard Cup National Rugby League competition the Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions match up against the Glenora Bears at Tauranga Domain at 3pm today. The Stallions team remains unchanged from that which drew 18-all with Marist Richmond Brothers last weekend.
The Aucklanders have struggled this season, remaining winless after three rounds, their last effort a 20-all draw with fellow competition cellar dwellers Central Falcons of Manawatu.
The Stallions have been hugely impressive defensively and will need to keep the effort up to contain the bigger Glenora forward pack.
Stallions forwards Baz Tawera, Josh David and Epiha Kete have been instrumental in defence while halves Hayden Karena and Nick Kaa have been the architects of their attacking plays. With a firm playing surface it would be good to see the Stallions' outside backs get their hands on the ball, especially hard-running centre Joe Kaho and the elusive Tukua Matthews.
Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions: Blair Ingram, Richie Peri, Joe Kaho, Tukua Matthews, Hau Wilson, Nick Kaa, Hayden Karena, Josh David, Craig Norton, Baz Tawera, Epiha Kete, Kelly Tumoana, Brent Whitiora. Interchange: Tusitala Soti, Vern Moana-Mason, Dwayne Wahanga, Henry Kingi, Bam Teleaga (one to be omitted).