When a sports season begins, pre-season match-ups can bring a lot of benefits for a team. It allows players to show their abilities and hunger for a place in a team. It also helps coaches piece together combinations, to see what their side is capable of in a playing situation and also identify strengths and weaknesses ahead of their competition campaign. Without it, teams have to find their feet in action. The Bay of Plenty Volcanix are in pre-season mode now, gearing up for their Farah Palmer Cup campaign, and their coach Rodney Gibbs says the ladies are showing plenty

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