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Steelers' manager Adam Newman accepted the award on Umaga's behalf at the event at the Telstra Clear Events Centre.
The Steelers were finalist in the team of the year, which was won by the U23 female Rowing team.
Steelers DJ Forbes and Tim Nanai-Williams were finalist in the Sportsman of the Year category which was won by All Black Keven Mealamu.
The evening that had Geoff Bryan as the MC and Olympic medalist Eric Murray as the guest speaker concluded with South Auckland's golden girl, double gold medalist Valarie Adams winning the Supreme Excellence Award after she had won Sportswoman of the Year.