It was a tough afternoon for the Newtown Jets in their second round ISP NSW match against Mounties out at the Aubrey Keech Reserve. Newtown scored early in the game but several poor defensive options and a horror run of injuries blew the Jets out of this contest. Mounties led 24-10 at halftime and ran out winners by 46-28. The Canberra Raiders ISP partnership club are formidable opponents and they are very strong again this year.
NSWRL Intrust Super Premiership NSW – Round Two
Saturday, 11th March 2017
Aubrey Keech Reserve, Hinchinbrook
Royce Hunt 2, Brent Naden 2, Reubenn Rennie, Dom Reardon, Makahese Makatoa, Jordan Turner tries;
Jordan Turner 7 conversions
Matt Evans 2, Kurt Dillon, Jayden Walker, Haydn Peacock tries;
Jason Schirnack 3, Daniel Mortimer conversions.
Half-Time: Mounties led 24-10.
Referee: Damien Briscoe.
Touch Judges: Damien Simes, Billy Greatbatch.
Playing surface: Excellent.
Weather: Fine, sunny, 28 degrees C.
Newtown’s team was:
Luke Towers, Leigh Higgins, Haydn Peacock, Matt Evans, Ben Fritz, Kurt Kara, Daniel Mortimer, Jason Schirnack, Jack Williams, Jayden Walker, Kurt Dillon, Sam Tagataese, Manaia Cherrington.
Bench: Jaimin Jolliffe, Malakai Houma, Alec Bush, Tepatasi Fuiavailili.
Coach: Greg Matterson.
Lachlan Croker, Aloti Mataele, Reubenn Rennie, Dom Reardon, Brent Naden, Jordan Turner, Magnus Stromquist, Anthony Moraitis, Yileen Gordon, Makahesi Makatoa, Royce Hunt, Jarrod Brackenhofer.
Bench: Rodney Coates, Rusty Bristow, Mitch Kennedy, Sam Duggan.
Coach: Steve Antonelli.
Newtown was running to the southern end of the ground in the first half.
Penalty to Newtown in the first minute. Manaia Cherrington took a quick tap and made a lot of metres.
2nd min: Kurt Dillon scores under the posts. Daniel Mortimer converts. Newtown leads 6-0.
7th min: Mounties tight, close passing amongst the forwards. Royce Hunt scores to the right of the northern end posts.
Converted by Jordan Turner. 6-all.
11th min: Royce Hunt scores to the left of the posts. Converted by Turner. Mounties lead 12-6.
14th min: Newtown fail to find the line from a penalty kick.
17th min: Newtown goes very close to scoring. Luke Towers’’ grubber-kick into the in-goal goes dead.
19th min: Mounties causing havoc close to our tryline. Brent Naden scores about 15 m in from the NW corner.
Converted by Turner. Mounties 18-6.
26th min: Lengthy stoppage in play. Serious leg injury to Malakai Houma. Carried off on a stretcher.
27th and 28th mins: Newtown forces two consecutive goal-line drop-outs.
32nd min: Ball moved quickly to the right-side attack, Towers sends Matt Evans in to score to the right of the posts.
Daniel Mortimer is off injured, Manaia Cherrington misses with the conversion attempt.
36th min: Jason Schirnack forces Mounties into another goal-line drop-out, but the Jets lose the ball on the first tackle.
39th min: Naden scores in the next set 10 m in from the NW corner. Converted by Turner.
Half-Time: Mounties 24-10.
Mounties turn the ball over from the kick-off.
42nd min: Quick hands again to the right and Matt Evans claims his second try, 15 m in from the NE corner.
Jason Schirnack converts. Mounties lead 24-16.
47th min: Mounties apply pressure and Reubenn Rennie scores up the right side in SW corner.
Turner converts again. Mounties lead 30-16.
53rd min: Mounties take a grip on the game when Dom Reardon scores 15 m in from SW corner. Clever inside ball from Turner engineers the try.
Turner converts. Mounties lead 36-16.
57th min: Mounties player Sam Duggan sin-binned.
59th min: Jets mount an effective attack but possible try to Ben Fritz in the NE corner is disallowed because of a forward pass by Manaia Cherrington.
63rd min: Makahesi Makatoa ploughs over next to the posts. Converted by Turner. Mounties 42-16.
66th min: Jets gain the ball from the kick-off. Jayden Walker gets close, has the ball stripped and Haydn Peacock touches the ball down for a try 15 m in from NW corner.
Schirnack converts. Mounties 42-22.
69th min: Turner scores an easy try 10 m in from the SW corner and doesn’t convert. Mounties 46-22.
75th min: Jayden Walker scores to the left of the posts. Schirnack converts. Mounties 46-28.
Full-Time: Mounties 46 defeated Newtown 28.
How the NSWRL reported on this game: http://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2017/03/11/mounties_bring_jets_.html
Mario Facchini’s photos from Saturday: http://mafphotography.blogspot.com.au/2017/03/intrust-super-premiership-2017-round-2.html
And here are Gary Sutherland’s photos: http://www.pbase.com/gsphotography/newtown_vs_mounties_110317&page=all
Don’t miss this interview between Alby Talarico and Newtown’s Jason Schirnack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tqc_E-Ve__0&feature=youtu.be
Injuries: Malakai Houma, Daniel Mortimer, Kurt Dillon. Jordan Topai-Aveai had been injured in round one, and Kenny Niko received a two-game suspension for a shoulder charge in the Blacktown Workers match.
Newtown’s next game details:
NSWRL ISP NSW – Third Round
Saturday, 18th March 2017
WIN Stadium, Wollongong
Illawarra v Newtown
(Please note: Illawarra are no longer known as the Cutters).