Illawarra Steelers through to NSWRL SG Ball Cup semi-finals

WINGER Jiye Ellis sparked an early point-scoring onslaught on his way to three tries, as the Illawarra Steelers marched into the SG Ball semi-finals on Saturday. 

Flying high: Jiye Ellis scored three tries for the Steelers.

Flying high: Jiye Ellis scored three tries for the Steelers.

Ellis scored in the first and 10th minutes, later sealing a 42-18 victory over Western Suburbs with another try in the 27th minute. 

The Steelers charged to a 20-nil lead after just 10 minutes at Hammondville Oval at Moorebank, to book their place in the semi-finals. 

Fullback Tyson Simpson finished with a double, scoring twice in three minutes, while centre Drew Gough, winger Samuel McCann and hooker Jye Richards all contributed to the Steelers’ points tally. 

Cronulla overpowered Penrith, while Parramatta thrashed Canterbury to move through to the preliminary final, while the Magpies and Balmain Tigers were eliminated from the competition. 

Meanwhile, Illawarra’s Harold Matthews under 16 representative team was beaten 40-30 by Newcastle.

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