Newtown posted two early converted tries through off-season signing Donny Thompson, who had impressed as a fullback in last year's Jim Beam Cup competition. Jets halfback Ben Green, formerly with Cronulla and the Broncos, converted both of the elusive Thompson's tries for Newtown to lead 12-0 after ten minutes.
The Jets had plenty of work to do for the remainder of the first half as the outsize Wentworthville (Parramatta) pack attempted to steamroll the Newtown forwards into submission. It was a testimony to the quality of the Matterson-Yates summer preparation that the Jets weathered this extended barrage and went in at the break 12-6 to the better.
Opposition kept pointless in second half
The Jets reasserted their authority early in the second half with a well-taken try by prop Aaron Wheatley (formerly with the Dragons and Bulldogs) on the end of slick passes from Luke Branighan and Rhys Pritchard.
When Pritchard ran on to a deftly-placed kick from halfback Jai Ayoub and scored next to the posts, the game was virtually in Newtown's keeping.
Nothing went right for the big Wentworthville side in the second half - whenever they worked their way into Newtown's territory, they let themselves down with poor handling and unproductive kicking options. The Jets added two further tries through dummy-half sorties from Ayoub and triallist hooker Matt Wakefield.
Newtown coach Greg Matterson was pleased with his team's ability to play through their sets and their determination to get the fundamentals right. It was a workmanlike display that was reflected in the final scoreline, although Matterson cautioned his players and Jets supporters alike that Sunday's opponents would be a very different proposition when the clubs meet again in the competition rounds.
Another trial to settle the starting team for the season
Newtown used 28 players on Sunday, illustrating the Newtown coaching staff's looming quandary in selecting the 17 players for the opening competition match against Cronulla-Sutherland.
The Newtown and Roosters team managements have therefore decided that one further trial match is warranted prior to the commencement of the 2008 NSW Cup competition rounds.
Next weekend's assignment will see the Jets take on the Newcastle club Central-Charlestown on Saturday, 8 March. Venue changed from Matraville High. Now OKI Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah. Kick-Off: 4.00pm NOT 4.30pm.
Donny Thompson 
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