Steelers falter against Tasman in Blenheim

Steelers falter against Tasman in Blenheim

The PIC Steelers win streak in the Bunnings Warehouse NPC has come to an end at the hands of Tasman after a 27-17 loss in Blenheim on Sunday.

Hunting a third straight win for the first time since 2017, Reon Graham’s side made a promising start with gale-force winds at their back in the first spell.

Hooker Ian West-Stevens pounced on a loose ball and dived over from short-range to put the visitors in front after 14 minutes.

Tevita Ofa, fresh off his game-winning sideline conversion on Wednesday night, added the extras along with a penalty 10 minutes later for a 10-0 lead.

But Tasman worked their way into the contest in the final 10 minutes of the half, to draw level by halftime with a pair of tries.

They took control with the monster wind at their backs in the second half and added three more tries for a 27-10 advantage.

Skipper Sean Reidy reached out to score with eight minutes remaining to give his side a chance at a bonus point but it wasn’t to be.

The PIC Steelers return home for a final round robin match at Navigation Homes Stadium on Saturday when Manawatu comes to town.