The Steelers beat North Harbour 19-7 at Onewa Domain in another pre-season hit out.
To their credit North Harbour came out firing in the first half, full of determination and were rewarded for their aggressive attack in opening stanza with a quick converted try.
The remainder of the first half was an even, hard fought contest but as the half wore on the Steelers gained momentum.
The Steelers first try was scored right in the corner by Sikeli Nabou which took the score 7-5 in North Harbour’s favour, where is stayed till after the half time break.
Counties Manukau’s latest All Black Frank Halai showed his class when he scored the second try which was converted by Baden Kerr. Toni Pulu finished off the day with a try which was converted by Mike Stanley.
The Steelers responded to the coaches half time talk and stepped up a few gears in the second half creating many opportunities with some fine tuning still required in the finishing.
Steelers Assistant Coach Glen Rowe said “We were a bit down on energy in the first half but the longer the game went on the better we got.”
Forwards Coach Grant Henson was pretty happy with the scrums and set piece but is still keen for more improvement.
Captain of the day Ronald Raaymakers said “We started off a bit slow and didn’t get the clean ball we wanted, but after the first half we started to get that gain line and the rucks were a bit cleaner so we could get that clean ball for our backs to be dangerous out wide.”
The Steelers called in the services of a few extra players due to illnesses with some of the replacements only finding out at 9am on game day their services were required including Liam Daniella, Viliame Rarasea, Louis Kapeteni and Andy Muirhead.