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Newtown Jets front-rower Malakai Houma in full cry against Mounties last Saturday prior to his suffering what will probably be a season-ending leg fracture. Photo:
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Newtown Jets front-rower Malakai Houma in full cry against Mounties last Saturday prior to his suffering what will probably be a season-ending leg fracture. Photo: MAF Photography

Jets pay the price for shoddy defence

The 2017 Intrust Super Premiership took a turn for the worse for the Newtown Jets in their second round away game against Mounties last Saturday. The Jets were punished for several bad defensive reads and were decisively beaten by the Canberra Raiders partnership club 46-28. Bad injuries to key players during the course of the game added to Newtown’s problems.

The Jets went into this match with a substantially different team line-up to that of the previous weekend. Several Cronulla NRL players who had reinforced the Jets in round one were on duty with the Sharks in Canberra, plus there had been other team changes due to injury and suspension.

Newtown began Saturday’s game in great style with front-rower Kurt Dillon scoring under the posts in the second minute, on the back of an elusive midfield dash by hooker Manaia Cherrington. Mounties quickly seized the ascendancy and went into halftime with a 24-10 lead. The Jets tackling in their own quarter had been fragile and the powerful Mounties forward pack took full advantage of these defensive lapses.

The Jets scored the first try of the second half and proved they had the attacking ability to challenge the Mounties defence, but the home team added another four tries to hand out a trouncing. Newtown scored five tries against a team that is likely to be one of this competition’s front-runners, but their poor decisions in defence presented Mounties with easy scoring opportunities. No doubt defensive drills will be an aspect of play that will be worked on doubly-hard at training this week.

Injuries during last Saturday’s game will definitely have some impact on the team’s future prospects. Halfback and playmaker Daniel Mortimer (knee), front-rower Malakai Houma (serious leg injuries that will probably sideline him for the season), and Kurt Dillon (back) all had to leave the field during the game.

The Jets are on the road again this Saturday, 18th March, when they travel to WIN Stadium, Wollongong to take on the reigning ISP NSW premiers, Illawarra. This round three match will commence at 3.00pm.

On 6th October 2019 at ANZ Stadium, the Newtown Jets defeated Burleigh Bears 20-16 in the NRL State Championship Final. This win effectively made Newtown the best club team (outside of the NRL competition) in Australia, New Zealand and Papua-New Guinea. Newtown centre Jackson Ferris (with the ball) is shown sprinting away for the winning try with less than ten seconds of regular time left to play, having seized upon a pin-point short kick by his team-mate Billy Magoulias. Newtown had trailed 10-2 at half-time and 16-14 going into the last ten seconds of the match. Photo: Michael Magee Photography

Newtown Jets celebrate one of the greatest years in their long history

Newtown’s rugged back-rower Daniel Vasquez was in full voice when he led his Jets team-mates in a victory chorus at the Mayoral Civic Reception, held at the Petersham RSL Club on the evening of the 9th October 2019. Photo: Michael Magee Photography

Reminder: RSVP for the Newtown Jets Victories Dinner and Presentation Night by Friday, 22nd November 2019

Newtown winger Ray Preston (with the ball) breaks clear in a match against South Sydney at the SCG in 1955. Newtown’s captain-coach Dick Poole is in the background. Photo: Supplied by Terry Williams.

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Newtown’s captains Jack A. Williams (left) and Scott Sorensen (right) proudly hold aloft the two major trophies won in the club’s truly remarkable 2019 season – the Canterbury Cup NSW premiership trophy (left) and the NRL State Championship Trophy (right). This photo was taken at the Mayoral Civic Reception held at the Petersham RSL Club on the evening of Wednesday, 9th October 2019. Photo: Michael Magee Photography.

THE 2019 NEWTOWN JETS VICTORIES DINNER AND PRESENTATION NIGHT

Newtown Jets winger Sione Katoa scores his second try just five minutes out from full-time at ANZ Stadium last Sunday. Photo: Mario Facchini, mafphotography

Jets claim national title with a sensational try in the game’s final seconds

Newtown Jets dynamic second-rower Scott Sorensen scores (off a perfectly-placed kick by Billy Magoulias) in the first half in last Sunday’s Canterbury Cup NSW Grand Final against Wentworthville, played at Bankwest Stadium. Photo:  Mario Facchini, mafphotography

Jets are fully primed for tilt at State Championship honours

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