Famous Amos steers the Jets home in the City of Sails [38-18]


25 March, 1.50pm, Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland

The Newtown Jets first ever overseas competition match was a success on and off the field, with a 38-18 win over the Premier League newcomers the Auckland Lions plus a great reception at the lush Mt. Smart Stadium.

Newtown led 16-0 at halftime but had to work hard for their eventual 38-18 victory.

Amos Roberts returns with impact

The Jets' contingent of players with extensive NRL experience made all the difference in this match, with the Lions having made an impressive entry to the Premier League with a comprehensive win over Parramatta last Sunday.

Newtown had to withstand a strong fightback by the Lions immediately after halftime and only confirmed this win with two converted tries late in the second half.

High performance Sydney Roosters player Amos Roberts was Newtown's best player and he combined well with the Jets halves Jamie Soward and Josh Lewis.

Roberts scored two first half tries and added a third try after the Lions had scored two converted tries early in the second half.

Roberts troubled the defence every time he was in possession and was his team-mates' unanimous choice as player of the match.

Halves and forwards held their own

Soward and Lewis dictated play throughout the match and showed the Lions the calibre of play they must aspire to if they are to have further success in this competition.

Newtown's best forwards were powerhouse backrower Nigel Plum and the hardworking frontrower Shane Shackleton. Secondrower Danny Williams was once again one of the Jets busiest forwards. Grant Millington made a successful return from off-season injury and would have pleased Newtown coach Paul Young with his enterprise.

Post-match visit from ex-Rooster Aiden Kirk

2006 Jets fullback Aidan Kirk was a popular visitor to the Newtown dressing-room after the match. Kirk is now on the New Zealand Warriors playing roster and hopes to return soon to active playing service after his off-season knee reconstruction surgery.

Great support and interest in the Auckland's inclusion in the Premier League competition

Newtown Jets youngsters Troy Savage and Hep Cahill, who are both of Maori heritage, were interviewed after the game by the New Zealand Maori television service Ngati TV.

The reception given to both teams at fulltime was an unqualified indication that the Auckland Lions inclusion in the Premier League competition can only be good for both the development programs of the New Zealand Rugby League and the status of the NSWRL Premier League.

Be there at our next game!!

The Jets return to Henson Park next Saturday afternoon (31st March) for their next Premier League assignment, when they will play the Penrith Panthers with this match kicking off at 3.00pm.

Who played?

Injuries and promotions caused numerous team changes.

2007 photo highlights

1Shaun Foley
18Anthony Watts [T1]
3Amos Roberts [T3]
2Troy Savage
5Aaron Lai
6Jamie Soward [G5]
21Josh Lewis [T1]
8Willie Brown
9Heath Le Strange
16Shane Shackleton
11Danny Williams
12Nigel Plum
19Hep Cahill
14George Ndaira [T1]
15Dale Newton [T1]
17James Shillington
20Grant Millington
13Rory Kostjasyn [DNP]

© Newtown Jets RLFC 2006