Jets in narrow loss to Panthers
The Newtown Jets were narrowly beaten 18-16 by the Penrith Panthers in the sixth round Canterbury Cup NSW fixture played at Henson Park on Easter Sunday afternoon.
Newtown’s third and final try was scored in the final minute of play, with the time clock effectively preventing any chance of a belated Jets victory.
The Panthers had led 12-0 at halftime and looked to be well in command when they opened up an 18-4 lead with about fifteen minutes remaining.
Newtown had scored the first try of the second half when winger Isaac Lumelume pounced on the ball in pursuit of a well-flighted kick into the Panthers’ in-goal by five-eighth Kyle Flanagan. Halfback Braydon Trindall dashed over eight minutes out from fulltime and centre Ronaldo Mulitalo scored wide out in the final minute of the game.
The warm autumn weather took its toll on both groups of players, with both the Jets and Panthers team members making a lot of errors in the match. Penrith had the majority of possession during the game and spent a lot of time in Newtown’s half. The Jets defended gamely on their own line for extended periods, but in truth there were some rather dour spells of play in both halves of the match.
The Newtown Jets play the Western Suburbs Magpies in round seven of the Canterbury Cup NSW at Lidcombe Oval next Sunday, 28th April, at 1.10pm. This will be another Channel Nine televised game.
Sunday’s match details:
Brian To’o, Caleb Aekins, Nick Lui-Toso tries;
Dylan Edwards 3 goals
Rusiate (Isaac) Lumelume, Braydon Trindall, Ronaldo Mulitalo tries;
Kyle Flanagan, Braydon Trindall goals.
Halftime: Penrith led 12-0.
Referee: Todd Smith.
Assistant referee: Kieren Irons.
Touch Judges: Jake Sutherland and Darian Furner.
Playing surface: Excellent.
Weather: Fine, sunny, 26 degrees Celsius, north-east breeze.
Newtown’s team was:
Luke Polselli, Matt Evans, Aaron Gray, Ronaldo Mulitalo, Rusiate (Isaac) Lumelume, Kyle Flanagan, Braydon Trindall, Billy Magoulias, Daniel Vasquez, Siosifa Talakai, Wes Lolo, James Segeyaro, Jaimin (Jimmy) Jolliffe.
Bench: Tyla Tamou, Teig Wilton, Greg Eastwood, Josh Carr, Cruz Topai-Aveai.
Coach: Greg Matterson.
Dylan Edwards, Brent Naden, Matheson Johns, Tyrell Fuimaono, Brian To’o, Caleb Aekins, Jarome Luai, Hame Sele, Billy Burns, Jed Cartwright, Kaide Ellis, Mitch Kenny, Nick Lui-Toso.
Bench: Liam Coleman, Reed Izzard, Ratu Tuisese, Anton Irara.
Coach: Guy Missio.
Details of Newtown’s next game:
NSWRL Canterbury Cup NSW – Round Seven
Sunday, 28th April 2019
Western Suburbs (sixth place, 6 points) versus Newtown (12th place, 2 points)
This match will be televised live on Channel Nine.
Highlights of the Newtown v Penrith match: https://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2019/04/21/highlights–newtown-jets-v-penrith-panthers—round-6/