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Saturday 23rd March
12:45pm
Shark Park

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Giant Newtown Jets forward Tony “The T-Rex” Williams pushes away a would-be Wests Tigers defender in last Saturday’s exciting ISP NSW match at Campbelltown Stadium. Photo: Gary Sutherland Photography
Giant Newtown Jets forward Tony “The T-Rex” Williams pushes away a would-be Wests Tigers defender in last Saturday’s exciting ISP NSW match at Campbelltown Stadium. Photo: Gary Sutherland Photography

Jets win a thriller with late converted try

A conversion from the sideline five minutes from fulltime gave Newtown a 26-24 win against Wests Tigers at Campbelltown Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Wests Tigers led 18-10 at halftime and 24-20 late in the second half in a game where the lead changed hands several times.

As Jets coach Greg Matterson observed after the game, “there’s still a lot of improvement needed in this Newtown side, but we won’t be too shy to take the competition points on offer!” Both teams needed to win to re-ignite their seasons and they turned on an thrilling spectacle. There had been a certain amount of drama within the Wests Tigers club in the preceding week, and it was thought that this might provide added incentive for the home team.

Newtown edged ahead of Wests Tigers 20-18 midway through the second half, but the Jets looked to be in real trouble when the Tigers regained the lead 24-20 with less than fifteen minutes remaining. Newtown’s Samoan international five-eighth Penani Manumalealii laid on a superb cut-out pass for winger James Tuitahi to score in the northern right-hand corner, and halfback Fa’amanu Brown coolly landed the conversion from wide out to get the Jets home.

Coach Matterson said there was a lot of improvement needed by the Jets in defence and onfield-discipline but he was pleased with the team’s inventiveness in attack. Kurt Dillon, Tony Williams and Jaimin Jolliffe were the best of the forwards on Saturday, while Manumalealii and Brown had stood out in the backs.

The Newtown Jets take on Newcastle Knights next Saturday, 1st April, at the Southern Cross Group Stadium at 12.40pm. This fifth round Intrust Super Premiership match will be televised live on Fox Sports.

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THROW BACK THURSDAY – PROVING THE POINT TO MOUNTIES AT MOORE PARK

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Newtown Jets Team List v Mounties Sat 23rd March, 2019

Strongly-built Newtown Jets forward Siosifa Talakai is on the rampage as he takes on these Newcastle Knights defenders at the McDonald Jones Stadium on Friday afternoon (!5th March). Jets halfback Jack A. Williams is on the left of this image. Photo: Mario Facchini, mafphotography

Jets well beaten in Canterbury Cup NSW opening round

No doubt Greg Eastwood (centre) has met many knowledgeable rugby league people in the course of his long and distinguished career in the NRL and in international rugby league. Almost certainly though he has never met two more dedicated and fair dinkum rugby league activists than Mike Shannon (left) and John “The Phantom Bluebag” Lynch (right). This impressive trio was photographed discussing “pertinent rugby league matters” at the Newtown RLFC 2019 Season Launch at the Petersham RSL Club on Tuesday, 12th March. Photo: Mario Facchini, mafphotography

Here are further Newtown Jets team details for Round One of the 2019 Canterbury Cup NSW

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#THROWBACKTHURSDAY – HERB NARVO: FROM NEWCASTLE TO NEWTOWN

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Newtown Jets Team List v Newcastle Knights Fri 15th March, 2019

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