2019 is the year the Bay of Plenty Steamers coaching staff got the formula right.

Some of the players may still be celebrating today, such was the excitement and relief of beating Hawke's Bay 12-7 in the Mitre 10 Cup Championship final on Friday at Rotorua International Stadium. With the desire and determination they showed this season, few would blame them.

Speaking on Sunday, having had time to reflect on his most successful season yet as head coach, Clayton McMillan said a lot of different things have to go right to win a title. However, he did reveal one key

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