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Wednesday, October 25, 2017    Lynn McConnell    Getty Images

Wellington captain, and flanker, Brad Shields said the past was irrelevant, Wellington had a new set of players and it was their time to change things.
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"That's been the message, focus on what we can do and how we've been doing things really well all year and be confident that we've put in the work. We just have to make sure we pull it out on Friday," he said.

Success would be about taking opportunities, something they had let slip a little over the last few weeks.

"I think we've been good in patches at taking opportunities but if we can be more consistent in finals rugby there's only going to be a couple [of opportunities] so we have to make sure we nail those point scoring opportunities wherever they might be. I think that's huge, as well as looking after our breakdown because Bay of Plenty is going to come firing at that.

"I think we're pretty confident we've done the work," he said.

Bay of Plenty were a tricky unit, he said, and Wellington were up for anything from them because they were a team that could play any sort of way on their day and their back three were dangerous while their forwards had been playing really well.

"We've got bring our A game, an all-round sort of thing and finals footy - although we don't want to change anything during the week - it's one of those things that outside of our team is a big hype and we've got make sure we bring our A game as we've only got one opportunity to take this," he said.

Playing at home would be an advantage and with home support it made a difference. To play a final in the Cake Tin at any level was unreal and the more who were there the better it was for the Wellington side.

Bay of Plenty representative Culum Retallick was on hand for his side while the playing unit was kept intact for training purposes. He said it was great for Bay of Plenty to be in the final because it had been a long time since that had happened.

The last time was in 2000 when under the old three division structure, Bay of Plenty beat Nelson Bays to win the second division.

He felt the side's consistency in their last four or five games had helped them make the final.

"The back three have been pretty good and the backs have scored some good tries which has been pleasing," he said.

Retallick said veteran first five-eighths Mike Delany's influence had been good for the side since his return from playing overseas.

"He's been all over the world, he's got a wealth of knowledge and he keeps the boys on their toes and on their task, and he calls the right plays at the right time which is key for us," he said.

Wellington had been in good form all season, he said.

"We just need to come down here, turn up and make sure we play our game, see what happens and make sure we put them under some pressure. I don't think they've been under a lot of pressure all year so hopefully they might get cold feet on the big dance," he said.