The Bay of Plenty Steamers have been a formidable attacking force in 2019.

They've scored 40 points or more in wins over Otago, Waikato and Northland and enjoyed relatively comfortable victories over North Harbour and Taranaki. Even in their two losses, to Wellington and Auckland, it felt as though they were the better side, just having an off day.

On Saturday, in front of one of the biggest crowds the Tauranga Domain has seen for some time, the men in blue and gold faced their biggest test yet against the previously unbeaten Hawke's Bay Magpies.

They passed with flying colours,

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