Steelers continue winning streak
It was not a great day for Tasman’s no 15, Robbie Malneek, who played his 100th game for the his side and got to run out by himself before the start of the game.
Tasman started off well, scoring a penalty in the 3rd minute, but Counties replied immediately with a counter penalty, to which Marty Banks replied with yet another Tasman penalty.
David Haviili scored Tasman’s first try in the 22nd minute, converted by Marty Banks. In the 25th minute Piers Francis scored a penalty for Counties and in the 30th Richard Judd scored the Steelers’ first try: 11-13. In the next ten minutes Cardiff Vaega added a try, which Francis converted. Francis then took the score to 21-13 just before halftime, missing another chance at penalty a minute later.
Minutes into the second half Marty Banks edged the Makos closer, 21-20.
Tasman continued to go for penalties while Counties crossed the try line again and again, Sikeli Nabou, Pele Cowley, Onasi’i Auvaa were try scorers in the second half for the Steelers.
Sam Vaka had a big run but solid Tasman defence held him up and prevented him from touching down, though he was over the tryline. He found his arms were pinned down solidly, and he was unable to free them to turn over and ground the ball.
The final score was 42-33.