10-try Steelers stay top in SG Ball
Mike Driscoll - Illawarra Mercury
The Illawarra Steelers SG Ball team remain unbeaten competition leaders after thrashing Western Sydney Academy of Sport but their Harold Matthews Cup clubmates were beaten in round five at St Marys Stadium.
The SG Ball under 18s showed they are one of the elite teams in the NSWRL junior competition with a 10 try to three 56-18 victory.
“The oppressive heat led to a few more errors than we would have liked, especially in defence, but we were happy to see the boys continue to play some footy and score several wonderful tries,’’ said Steelers assistant coach Shaun Timmins.
But the under 16s Steelers made too many errors and finished with a completion rate of only around 50 per cent in a 26-16 loss to Western Sydney.
“The effort was always there, but we’re not giving ourselves a chance with our poor completions,’’ Steelers coach Adam Blake said.
‘‘Until we learn to hang on to the ball we’re going to struggle to win matches at this level.’’
Steelers front-rower Joseph Dickson impressed.
‘‘He’s been in really good form throughout the competition,’’ Blake said.
Meanwhile, conditions were just as tough at Jubilee Oval, with the St George Harold Matthews Cup producing an excellent 28-10 victory over the Sydney Roosters.
The Dragons have won three straight to be in the top eight at the mid-way point of the season.
But the St George SG Ball side were disappointing in a 28-20 loss to the Roosters; improving in the second half after an error-riddled start to the match.
In round six this Saturday, St George face Souths at Jubilee Oval Kogarah (12-noon, 1.30pm) with the Steelers returning to WIN Stadium to take on West Coast Pirates in SG Ball (12-noon) and then South West Sydney Academy of Sport (1.30pm) in Harold Matthews Cup.