Illawarra Steelers dent Newcastle Knights' crusade to win seventh straight

THE extraordinary Tarsha Gale season for Daniel Lacey’s Illawarra Steelers continued at the weekend, as the chalked up their seventh straight win.

Playing against the Newcastle Knights at the Collegians Sporting Complex, the Steelers were made to work hard for their 44-30 victory.

Despite first half tries from Mikayla Kidd, Maddison Weatherall, Keely Davis and Lilly-Rose Bennett, the red and white only led 32-22 at the break.

After the resumption, a try from Knights’ Skye Pulmer reduced the margin to six, before a second try each to Davis and Bennett restored the lead to more than a try.

Despite late tries from Knights’ Emily Harman and Tia Cook,  two tries from Shannon Scutts in the final seven minutes put the result beyond doubt.

During the match, the Steelers were led by Group Seven products Rhiannon Brown (Bomaderry), Bronte Girdler (Stingrays), Abbey Montgomery (Milton-Ulladulla) and Hannah England (Milton-Ulladulla).

In other Steelers results, the Harold Matthews side went down 30-12 to the Knights, despite tries from Tyrell Sloan and Drever Burdis.

Group Seven products in the match included Joshua Coric, Harley Nizza and Cooper Tunbridge (all Albion Park-Oak Flats), Riley Wooden (Milton-Ulladulla) and Louie Chilver (Berry-Shoalhaven Heads).

The final match of the weekend saw the Matt O’Brien and Jono Dallas coached SG Ball side go down 46-8 to the Knights – with Kane Ball and Max Feagai scoring the tries for the red and white.

Group Seven’s Tarje Whitford (Milton-Ulladulla), Dylan Lucas (Albion Park-Oak Flats) and Samuel Hooper (Warilla-Lake South) all played tough during the match.

In round eight of the competition, all three team’s travel to Panthers Stadium this Saturday to play Penrith.