3.00 pm, Saturday, 26 July
NSW Cup ladder [end of last round]
Newtown's place in the top four of the VB NSW Cup competition was in jeopardy following the Jets 28-10 loss to the Windsor Wolves at Henson Park on Saturday.
Windsor is Penrith's feeder club in the VB NSW Cup and their team list on Saturday contained several Penrith Panthers players with extensive NRL experience.
Errors meant lost chances for the Jets
The Jets had several scoring opportunities in the first half but lost this match through poor ball control and shoddy defence.
The Wolves scored a converted try early in the match after a Newtown penalty put the visitors within striking distance of the Jets tryline.
Newtown then proceeded to bomb three try-scoring chances in the next twenty minutes while the big Windsor pack started to win the battle of the rucks.
The Jets paid the price for their poor first half completion rate and lack of commitment in defence, as the visitors added two further converted tries and a penalty goal right on half-time.
Newtown's problems were compounded by a serious knee injury to fullback Byron Ford and a heavy knock to team captain and lock Jimmy Andersen.
Don Thompson drags defender over line to score
No salvation in second half
Whatever hopes Jets fans held out for a second half fightback were dashed when the Wolves scored a runaway try early in the second half.
The rest of the match was a somewhat pedestrian spectacle despite tries to the Jets through fullback Don Thompson and five-eighth Sean Rudder.
Hard-working Newtown hooker Rory Kostjasyn won the players' player award with 42 tackles, with backrowers Mickey Paea and Shane Shackleton the best of the rest of the forwards.
Sean Rudder, Don Thompson and centre, Toshio Laiseni, were Newtown's best backs.
Byron Ford's medial ligament tear might see him miss the rest of the competition rounds and his attacking flair will be sorely missed.
2 tries, 1 goal
Windsor Wolves [Penrith]: 28
5 tries, 4 goals
Weather: Mild, sunny
Playing surface: Excellent
Referee: Adam Gee
Touch Judges: Danielle Berry, Jayson Elkins
The Jets next playing assignment is across the Tasman when they take on the Auckland Vulcans at Mt Smart Stadium next Saturday, 2 August.
Newtown's playing resources will be stretched to the limit by both their own injury toll incurred on Saturday and the Sydney Roosters' injury tally in their impressive NRL victory over Manly-Warringah.