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.
Illawarra Steelers 30. Tries: Simpson (2), McCann, Gough, Nizza, Harris. Goals: Lomax (3/6)
Newcastle Knights 16.
Illawarra Steelers 14. Tries: Garrick, Sailor, Sibraa. Goals: Field (1/3)
Newcastle Knights 26.