Newtown Rugby League Football Club - 1908-2008
Jets savaged by the Windsor Wolf Pack [10-28]


Match details

3.00 pm, Saturday, 26 July

Henson Park

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.

Player performances

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.

Match summary

Newtown: 10
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

Upcoming games

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.

NSW Cup ladder
[end of last round]

Who played?

2 Byron Ford
Sponsored by Sydney Airport
4 Toshio Laiseni
Sponsored by Golden Barley Hotel, Marrickville
3 Damon Alley-Tovio
Sponsored by Harvey Norman, Alexandria
23 Brent Grose
Sponsored by Victor Sports
5 Rhys Pritchard
Sponsored by Golden Barley Hotel, Marrickville
6 Sean Rudder [T1]
Sponsored by Miller and Associates Insurance Brokers
7 Ben Green [G1]
Sponsored by Blueprint Management Group
8 Steve Meredith
Sponsored by Soil 'n' Stuff
9 Rory Kostjasyn
Sponsored by Petersham RSL Club
10 Ray Moujalli
Sponsored by Visual FX
11 Shane Shackleton
Sponsored by SGE Credit Union
12 Mickey Paea
Sponsored by Seafood Systems Australia
13 Jimmy Andersen ©
Sponsored by Bowlers Club of NSW
1 Don Thompson [T1]
Sponsored by Discount Ski Tubes & Gear
14 Khalid Deeb
Sponsored by Jets Sports Club
15 Tyrone Shelley
Sponsored by Labelcraft, Leichhardt
17 Stanley Waqa
Sponsored by Dickson Canvas

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