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Tasman shoot us down
Fan in the Stand
Written by Fan in the Stand   
Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Remember the home games we had when the mighty Steamers used to be mighty and lurked around the top of the table. Some inferior province would turn up, compete vigorously and we would win comfortably despite not playing all that well. Happy days.

Bay sinks Harbour
Fan in the Stand
Written by Fan in the Stand   
Monday, 17 August 2015
We won! Yes, wins have been so rare in recent years that we should celebrate each and every one of them - even when it is against Harbour. We did beat them last year at home as well so it is a bit early to say we have turned the corner.
Steamers v Harbour
Written by BOP Union   
Thursday, 13 August 2015

The Bay of Plenty Steamers have named the following team to play North Harbour at Baypark on Friday night, 8.05pm kickoff.

1. Solomona Sakalia 2. Nathan Harris 3. Pingi Tala’apitaga 4. Keepa Mewett 5. Culum Retallick © 6. Shahn Eru 7. Johan Bardoul 8. Carl Axtens ©
9. Papa Wharewera 10. Nick Evemy 11. Chase Tiatia 12. Terrence Hepetema 13. Lalakai Foketi 14. Tino Nemani 15. Te Rangi Frase

16. Joe Royal 17. Siegfried Fisi’ihoi 18. Jeff Thwaites 19. Troy Callander 20. Zak Hohneck 21. Te Aihe Toma 22. Caleb Hall 23. Craig Clare

Good to see Nathan Harris back from his injury and lots of new faces in the backs.

Steamers finish pre-season with a win
From the Union
Written by BOP Union   
Friday, 07 August 2015

In tbardoulheir final pre-season match ahead of next Friday’s ITM Cup fixture against North Harbour, the Bay of Plenty Steamers took on the Manawatu Turbos at the Tauranga Domain this afternoon, following a successful training camp in Whangamata. Head Coach Clayton McMillan’s focus for the match was same as last week, with the teams focus directed at achieving small team goals, and to see some individual and collective intent.

It was a game of two halves, with two Bay of Plenty teams selected to face the visiting team, providing the players the final opportunity to put their hand up for a starting spot in the first ITM Cup match of the season against North Harbour next Friday at ASB Baypark Stadium.

Steamers v Auckland today
From the Union
Written by BOP Union   
Friday, 31 July 2015

Head Coach Clayton McMillan has named a side which holds a mixture of experience and youth for their first pre-season game against Auckland tomorrow at Whakatane’s Rugby Park. The side features eleven new caps, but also includes All Black Sam Cane who has been released to play prior to his anticipated return to All Black duty.

McMillan states, “The team has come together well over the last few months and I expect an encouraging performance. Whilst a positive result in the pre-season fixture would be favourable, I am more interested in achieving the small goals we have set in the lead up to the ITM Cup, and to see some individual and collective intent in everything we do.”

Culum Retallick and Carl Axtens will co-captain tomorrow's Steamers team, kicking off at 2.30pm.

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