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By Jake Bull

The Illawarra Steelers had a mixed day on their travels against the Newcastle Knights at Cessnock Sportsground on Saturday.

The Harold Matthews (U16) side ran out comfortable winners 30-16 and got their season back on track after winning their second game in succession.

A late re-shuffle before kick-off meant that Tyson Simpson was moved to fullback and it worked as he came away with two tries in the victory. Special mention also goes to back-rower Tomas Harris who picked up man-of-the-match honours.

On the other hand, considered one of the Premiership favourites, the Steelers SG Ball (U18) side slipped up against the Knights going down 26-14.

After trailing 12-10 at the break, the home side proved too strong in the second half as they ran away with the game.

Captain Reuben Garrick continued his great try-scoring form with another try, while Tristan Sailor and Tyrone Sibraa also crossed over.

Harold Matthews:

Illawarra Steelers 30. Tries: Simpson (2), McCann, Gough, Nizza, Harris.  Goals: Lomax (3/6)

Newcastle Knights 16.

SG Ball:

Illawarra Steelers 14. Tries: Garrick, Sailor, Sibraa. Goals: Field (1/3)

Newcastle Knights 26.

Acknowledgement of Country

St George Illawarra Dragons respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples, where our games are played, our programs are conducted and in the communities we support.

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