Jets feel the heat from the competition front-runners

Newtown Jets mid-season signing Reubenn Rennie takes the ball forward against Wyong at the Central Coast Stadium on Saturday. Photo: Mario Facchini (MAF Photography)

Details of the Wyong v Newtown ISP NSW match played on Saturday, 1st July 2017.

Last Saturday’s away fixture to the Intrust Super Premiership NSW competition leaders, Wyong, was always going to be a tough assignment for the Jets. The mid-season disruption to our team due to injuries, mid-year transfers and retirements has been the most pronounced for several years. The Jets fielded a considerably restructured team on Saturday and did reasonably well in tough circumstances. Wyong, the ISP NSW partnership club to the Sydney Roosters, is top of the competition table and eight points clear of their nearest rivals.

NSWRL ISP NSW – 17th Round

Saturday, 1st July 2017

Central Coast Stadium

Wyong v Newtown

Kick-Off: 12.40pm.

This match was televised live on the Fox League channel and was the main curtain-raiser to the Sydney Roosters v Cronulla Sharks 17th Round NRL fixture.

Wyong 48:

Luke Sharpe 2, Brendan Frei 2, Kauri Aupouri 2, Matthew Ikuvalu, Grant Garvey tries;

Josh Mantellato 8 goals

defeated

Newtown 14:

Jesse Ramien 2, Kurt Kara tries;

Bessie Aufaga-Toomaga 1 goal.

Half-Time: Wyong led 24-6.

Referee: Drew Oultram. Touch Judges: Ben Teague and Darian Furner.

Weather: Sunny, clear skies. 15 degrees.

Playing surface: Excellent.

Newtown’s team was:

Leigh Higgins, Edrick Lee, Bessie Aufaga-Toomaga, Jesse Ramien, Reubenn Rennie, Kurt Kara, Lane Ferling, Jayden McDonogh, Kenny Niko, Jack Williams, Kurt Dillon (Capt), Alec Bush, Jeremy Latimore.

Bench: Jaimin (Jimmy) Jolliffe, Tepatasi Fuiavailili, Saulala Houma, Blake Judd.

Coach: Greg Matterson.

New faces for Newtown in this game included the 2017 Cook Islands international Reubenn Rennie, who has previously played with the Melbourne Storm, Canterbury-Bankstown and Canberra Raiders; Alec Bush who is a 2017 registered player with Newtown and has been playing with Cabramatta; Lane Ferling, originally from the Kingaroy Red-Ants in Queensland and who has been playing with the Cronulla Sharks Holden Cup squad; and Blake Judd, formerly with South Sydney, who has been playing with the Mascot Jets this season. Bessie Aufaga-Toomaga from the Cronulla Sharks Holden Cup squad debuted for Newtown against Wests Tigers, and Jeremy Latimore has played with five different NRL clubs, amassing nearly 140 NRL games and representing the Prime Minister’s XIII in 2015.

Wyong’s team was:
Luke Sharpe, Johnny Tuivasa-Sheck, Mitchell Frei, Matthew Ikuvalu, Josh Mantellato, Kauri Aupouri, Mitchell Cornish, Nate Butcher, Brock Gray, Justin Toomey-White, Eloni Vunakece, Mitchell Williams, Lindsay Collins.

Bench: Brendan Santi, Grant Garvey, Poasa Faamausili, Jake Lewis.

Coach: Robert Taylor.

Lindsay Collins is the grandson of Newtown RLFC Team of the Century member Lionel Williamson.

Match timeline: –

First Half:

Newtown kicked off, running towards the railway line end.

3rd min: Wyong high kick not caught by Newtown, a danger sign for the rest of the match

Wyong kicker was making good use of the sun in the Jets’ catchers eyes

Wyong getting up off their defensive line very quickly

8th min: Frei scores for Wyong up the left side at the Brisbane Water end of the ground

Converted by Mantellato. Wyong leads 6-0

13th min: Wyong bombs a try-scoring opportunity on their right-hand attacking side

Newtown defending for most of the first 15 mins and have had very little ball

18th min: Jets fail to get to their kick on the 5th tackle

19th min: Jets punished for poor finish to set.

Sharpe scores for Wyong in the next set to the left of the posts

Converted by Mantellato. Wyong 12-0.

22nd min: Kurt Dillon puts on a superb hit on Collins.

Fox League commentators effusive in their praise of Kurt Dillon, pointing out that he is already clocking up a huge work-rate

Wyong get great advantage from two penalties in quick succession

25th min: Aupouri cuts through to score for Wyong, through hesitant and uncoordinated sliding defence

Converted by Mantellato

Wyong 18-0 (27th min)

Wyong targeting Newtown’s right side defence but Jets get some relief with a penalty in the 28th min

29th min: Jesse Ramien scores next to the posts off a good inside ball from Kara

Ramien showed great strength and gets plenty of prise from Fox League commentary team

Bessie Aufaga-Toomaga converts

Wyong 18-6 after 31 mins

34th min: Mantellato breaks clear but is run down by Rennie

Sharpe scores from the next play the ball through tiring defence

Mantellato converts. Wyong 24-6 after 36 mins.

38th min: Sharpe makes ground through the Newtown defence but sends an atrocious pass out over the sideline.

Jets back in possession as the halftime siren sounds.

Halftime: Wyong lead 24-6.

Coach Matterson’s main message at halftime (via Fox League) was better finishing needed for sets and to stay more square-on in defence.

Second Half:

41st min: Newtown on the attack and they get a penalty 5 metres out from Wyong’s line

Aufaga-Toomaga, Edrick Lee and Ramien combine for Ramien score in the left-side corner at the Brisbane Water end (45th min)

Ramien “pushed aside three Wyong defenders, This fellow is strong, determined and capable” (from the Fox League coverage)

Not converted. Wyong 24-10 after 46 mins

Midfield penalty to Newtown in 47th min

Reubenn Rennie goes close to scoring when he taken out over the sideline in the right-side corner

Kurt Kara’s kick into the in-goal is mishandled by Sharpe and Kara snaps the ball up to score in right-hand corner in 50th min

Commentators say that Aufaga-Toomaga’s keen chase forced Sharpe into making the error

Aufaga-Toomaga’s conversion attempt hits the right upright and bounces away

Wyong 24 v Newtown 14 (53rd min)

Rennie shows great strength in bringing the ball back determinedly

Sharpe knocks on Newtown’s kick in the 54th min and he shows great petulance at the referee’s ruling

Another penalty to Newtown in 55th min

Jets miss scoring chance from dummy-half that could have made the contest very interesting

Penalty to Wyong in 57th min gets them back at Newtown’s end

Commentator’s speculate that this might end Newtown’s fightback

Wyong break through up the right side and kick through by Cornish bounces well for Garvey to score (60th min)

Conv by Mantellato. Wyong 30-14 after 61 mins

Newtown’s kick-off goes out on the full (62nd)

Wyong high kick not caught by Jets and it all ends in a try to Ikavalu

Converted by Mantellato. Wyong 36-14 (71st min)

Commentary team say there was a Wyong player off-side in the chase to regather the ball. (Try should have been disallowed)

Another kick by Wyong is not caught by Jets defenders and ends in a try to Frei (74th min)

Conv by Mantellato. Wyong 42-14 (75th min)

Wyong score in 78th min; Williams, Cornish and Aupouri combine well for the latter to score

Rather poor Newtown defence at this stage

Converted by Mantellato. Wyong 48-14.

Full-Time: Wyong 48 d Newtown 14.

COMPLETIONS:
1st half: Newtown 13/14 (93%) Wyong 14/18 (78%) 2nd half: Newtown 14/16 (88%) Wyong 10/13 (77%)
F-T: Newtown 27/30 (90%) Wyong 24/31 (77%)

IN POSSESSION:
1st half: Newtown 63 tackles (46%) Wyong 73 tackles (54%) 2nd half: Newtown 71 tackles (57%) Wyong 54 tackles (43%)
F-T: Newtown 134 tackles (51%) Wyong 127 tackles (49%)

PENALTIES:
1st half: Newtown 2 Wyong 2
2nd half: Newtown 3 Wyong 3
F-T: Newtown 5 Wyong 5

Fox League commentator Jamie Soward rated Mitch Cornish as the best player on the field and Ramien as being Newtown’s best.

He also noted that Newtown had a good third quarter but couldn’t get any closer than 24-14.

Newtown’s next game details:

NSWRL ISP NSW – 18th Round

Saturday, 8th July 2017

Henson Park

Newtown v Wentworthville

Kick-Off: 3.00pm.