Jets drop valuable points in narrow loss to Wyong

Newtown Jets backrower Anthony Moraitis is swarmed upon by Wyong defenders at Henson Park last Saturday. Photo: Mario Facchini (MAF photography)

The Newtown Jets were beaten 26-24 by last-placed Wyong in their 11th round Intrust Super Premiership NSW match played at Henson Park on Saturday afternoon.

Newtown led 12-0 after just nine minutes, but Wyong narrowed this to 12-10 by the twentieth minute. That remained the score until halftime.

The Jets dominated the third quarter of the match and looked to be in control when they extended their lead to 24-10 midway through the second half.

A series of defensive blunders saw Wyong score three tries within the space of eight minutes, and the Roos took the lead 26-24 with just seven minutes left to play.

The Jets mounted two determined attacking sorties but Wyong held on determinedly to win what will probably be that club’s last ever appearance at Henson Park.

Jets halfback Kyle Flanagan did not play in the second half and his absence affected the balance of the team at vital stages in the latter forty minutes.

This was a disappointing result for the Newtown team, especially after coming away with a convincing win against the competition leaders Mounties last Saturday.

The Jets play away to their old 1908 Foundation Club rivals Western Suburbs at Lidcombe Oval next Saturday, 26th May. This match will be televised live on Channel Nine and is timed for kick-off at 1.00pm.

NSWRL Intrust Super Premiership NSW – 11th Round

Saturday, 19th May 2018

Henson Park

Newtown v Wyong

Kick-Off: 3.00pm.

Wyong 26:

Dean Matterson, Josh Mantellato, Poasa Faamausili, Paul Momirovski, Billy Smith tries;

Josh Mantellato 3 goals

defeated

Newtown 24:

Bessie Aufaga-Toomaga, William Kennedy, Sione Katoa, Addison Demetriou tries;

Kyle Flanagan 2, Addison Demetriou 2 goals.

Halftime: Newtown led 12-10.

Referee: Ryan Jackson.

Touch Judges: Jake Sutherland and Mark Bohan.

Playing surface: Very good.

Weather: 18 degrees Celsius, sunny with some cloud cover, slight ESE breeze.

Newtown’s team was:

Will Kennedy, Sione Katoa, Reubenn Rennie, Bessie Aufaga-Toomaga, Isaac Lumelume, Matt Evans, Kyle Flanagan, Braden Uele, Blayke Brailey, Kurt Dillon, Briton Nikora, Anthony Moraitis, Daniel Vasquez.

Interchange: Addison Demetriou, Billy Margoulias, Wes Lolo, Malakai Houma.

Coach: Greg Matterson.

Wyong:

Luke Sharpe, Matt ikavalu, Paul Momirovski, Billy Smith, Josh Mantellato, Dean Matterson, Mitch Cornish, Eloni Vunakece, Mitch Williams, Jake Lewis, Brendan Frei, Nat Butcher, Josh Curran.

Interchange: Reuben Porter, Chris Smith, Ben Thomas, Bradie Smith.

Coach: Rip Taylor.

Newtown’s next match details:

Saturday, 26th May 2018

Lidcombe Oval

Western Suburbs v Newtown

Kick-Off: 1.00pm.

This match is being telecast live on Channel Nine.