Newtown Rugby League Football Club - 1908-2008
Aucklanders burst the Newtown Jets bubble [22-23]


Match details

3.00 pm, Sunday, 6 April

Henson Park

The Auckland Vulcans ended Newtown's early season unbeaten run when they defeated the Jets 23-22 in the fourth round VB NSW Cup Rugby League match played at Henson Park on Sunday.

The Jets had led 16-6 at halftime and 22-12 with twenty minutes remaining in the game, but the Kiwis found the resolve and stamina to draw level and ultimately snatch a late victory with a field goal eight minutes from fulltime.

Jets gain ascendency in first half...

Newtown made a scratchy start to the match and conceded a converted try in the twelfth minute.

Byron Ford outjumps the Vulcan's Aiden Kirk
Byron Ford outjumps the Vulcan's Aiden Kirk and scores

The Jets then recovered some of their cohesion and structure of recent weeks and scored three tries within seven minutes in the game's second quarter, going in at the halftime break seemingly in control.

The Jets looked well-positioned at 22-12 up but failed to seal the result when they had the opportunities to do so midway through the second half.

... Only to surrender to a more committed side in the second half

Auckland scored three tries to one in the second session and deserved their victory. The visitors were in command for the last fifteen minutes of play and exposed flaws in Newtown's right-side defence and in their composure under pressure.

The Jets' failure to play to their game plan cost them dearly in a game that had been theirs for the taking.

Player performances

Jets front-rower Frank-Paul Nuuausala was the team's outstanding performer but there were some disappointing displays from some of his team-mates, particularly as the game slipped from the Jets' grasp in the last twenty minutes.

Vulcans back-rower and New Zealand Test representative Wairangi Koopu, who had played with Newtown back in 2000, was arguably the best player on the field.

Second-rower Mickey Paea gave a brave display in putting in his usual robust effort despite feeling below par.

Match summary

Auckland Vulcans 23
4 tries, 3 goals, 1 field goal

Newtown Jets 22
4 tries, 3 goals

Referee: Gavin Badger
Touch Judges: Robert Bowen, Adam Gee

Next game

The Newtown Jets return to Henson Park next Saturday, 12 April, when they will take on the in-form Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in the fifth round of the NSWRL VB NSW Cup. This match kicks off at 3.00pm.

NSW Cup ladder

2008 Game highlights

Who played?

1 Don Thompson
Sponsored by Sydney Airport

2 Byron Ford [T1]
Sponsored by Golden Barley Hotel, Marrickville

3 Brent Grose
Sponsored by Harvey Norman, Alexandria

4 Iosia Soliola
Sponsored by Victor Sports

5 Tevita Folau [T1]
Sponsored by Golden Barley Hotel, Marrickville

6 Luke Branighan [G2]
Sponsored by Miller and Associates Insurance Brokers

7 Ben Green [T1 G1]
Sponsored by Blueprint Management Group
8 Frank-Paul Nuuausala
Sponsored by Soil 'n' Stuff

9 Luke Gordon
Sponsored by Petersham RSL Club
10 Ray Moujalli
Sponsored by Visual FX

11 Mickey Paea [T1]
Sponsored by SGE Credit Union
20 Aaron Wheatley
Sponsored by Seafood Systems Australia

13 Jimmy Anderson
Sponsored by Bowlers Club of NSW

14 Khalid Deeb
Sponsored by Jets Sports Club

16 Luke Millwood
Sponsored by Discount Ski Tubes & Gear

17 Steve Meredith
Sponsored by Dickson Canvas

19 Rory Kostjasyn
Sponsored by Labelcraft, Leichhardt

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