The Jets finals prospects in jeopardy after loss to Sharks [4-20]
Saturday, 14 July, 3.00 pm


Game Day Sponsor
SGE Credit Union

The gruelling Rugby League fare on offer at Henson Park on Saturday afternoon was more than matched by the chilly mid-winter weather, with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks grinding out a dour 20-4 win over Newtown.

The Jets had their chances in this VB Premier League match but their attacking deficiencies and inability to sustain pressure proved to be their undoing. The Sharks had led 12-4 at half-time and kept Newtown scoreless for the entirety of the second half.

Newtown gifted Cronulla two easy tries

Both of Cronulla’s tries were posted early in the first half, with the first coming on the back of a careless Newtown penalty. The Sharks then took advantage of some poor defensive positional play and created an overlap for their right-side winger. Their second try came a mere three minutes later from a somewhat freakish set of circumstances – a Newtown defender had tapped an attempted 40/20 kick back infield, only for the keenly-pursuing Sharks winger to toe the ball ahead, regather a favourable bounce and claim his second try.

A Jets try to raise supporter spirits

Newtown had the first use of a southerly wind but never made best advantage of it. Jets halfback George Ndaira’s kick to the left-hand northern corner was smartly retrieved by winger Troy Savage to register Newtown’s first (and only) try three minutes before halftime. Savage, a product of Napier (NZ), has been one of the most consistent of Newtown’s backline this season.

The Sharks had a low error rate in the first half and had defended well, and it was clear that the Jets would have to show more guile and variety in their attack to win the game.

Victory slipped away in second half

The second half was a grim war of attrition with neither side putting many questions to their opponents. The Sharks were disciplined and methodical but rarely threatened Newtown’s line through any attacking prowess. Their eight second half points came from a penalty goal and a converted long-distance intercept try to their winger Robinson who made it his third for the match. For the Jets’ part, their handling errors, poor completion rate and uninspired kicking game were more than enough to undermine any prospect of a late resurgence.

Player performances

Newtown’s players’ player award went to backrower Steve Meredith who showed plenty of go-forward with his courageous hit-ups, and he received good support from forwards Mickey Paea, Anthony Cherrington and Grant Millington. Adam Schubert and Danny Williams did a power of defensive work in the forwards, while the Jets’ best backs were George Ndaira, John Williams and Troy Savage.

Next week

The Jets travel away next Saturday (21st July) to Newcastle’s Energy Australia Stadium for the second time this season to take on the third-placed Knights. This match kicks off at 5.30pm and will be the main curtain-raiser to the Knights-Roosters NRL fixture at 7.30pm.

Recognition of two great Newtown sponsors & supporters

At Saturday's game, the Newtown RLFC made a presentation to the Managing Director of SGE Credit Union, Ray Clark, in recognition of the tremendous support given by the SCU to the Newtown Club over recent seasons.

The club also made a presentation to another great sponsor and supporter, the Royal Exchange Hotel, Marrickville, and everyone was invited to patronise the Royal Exchange after the game.

Who played?

2007 photo highlights

1 Shaun Kenny-Dowall
Sponsored by Royal Exchange Hotel, Marrickville

2 Vince Mellars
Sponsored by Golden Barley Hotel, Marrickville

3 Antonio Winterstein
Sponsored by Harvey Norman, Alexandria

23 John Williams
Sponsored by Labelcraft, Leichhardt

5 Troy Savage [T1]
Sponsored by Mike Shannon

6 Shaun Foley
Sponsored by Petersham RSL Club
7 George Ndaira
Sponsored by SGE Credit Union
8 Mickey Paea
Sponsored by Hawkins Butchery

9 Rory Kostjaysen
Sponsored by Bowlers Club of NSW

19 Danny Williams
Sponsored by Seafood Systems Australia

11 Grant Millington
Sponsored by Labelcraft, Leichhardt

10 Frank-Paul Nuuausala
Sponsored by What's Your Team Sports Store

13 Adam Schubert
Sponsored by Miller and Associates Insurance Brokers

14 Steve Meredith
Sponsored by Soil 'n' Stuff

15 Charles Tonga
Sponsored by Dickson Canvass

16 Anthony Cherrington
Sponsored by Discount Ski Tubes & Gear

17 Dale Newton
Sponsored by Earlwood Auto and Mechanical

18 Aaron Lai [DNP}
Sponsored by Jets Sports Club

20 James Shillington [DNP]
Sponsored by Subway, Marrickville

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