3.00 pm, Sunday, 5 July
Ringrose Park, Fullagar Rd, Wentworthville
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Newtown Jets continue their mid-winter resurgence
The Newtown Jets have notched up three victories in a row in the NSW Cup competition, following their 24-10 win over Wentworthville at Ringrose Park last Sunday.
Only seven weeks ago, Wenty had humiliated the Jets on their home turf at Henson Park; Sunday's payback result represented what might well be a record points turnaround for this level of Rugby League football.
Newtown's in-form halfback, Liam Foran, had a key role in the Jets win with his precision kicking game and shrewd organisational play. Foran set up Newtown's first two tries with pinpoint kicks, in alliance with rugged winger Iwi Hauraki's jumping and catching skills.
Good commitment and discipline in both halves of the game
The Jets led 10-4 at the break and showed commendable discipline and composure as they toughed out the second half against a very physical opposition.
[Left] Kyle Lodge slides in jubilantly for his try
Coach's comments and player performances
Jets coach, Greg Matterson, pointed to his team's high completion rate in both halves, the minimal penalties conceded and good scrambling in defence as the key components of this spirited victory.
He nominated the team's engine-room brigade - Khalid Deeb, Ray Moujalli and the powerhouse, James Koloamatangi - as the bedrock of Newtown's win but added that this win was obtained on the back of a wholehearted team performance.
The versatile Sean Rudder's clever cut-out passes created second-half tries for Iwi Hauraki and centre, Kyle Lodge.
Jets player named in NSW Residents representative team
Liam Foran has been rewarded for his consistency in the past three games with selection in the NSW Residents representative team, who will take on their Queensland counterparts in the curtain-raiser to State of Origin III at Suncorp Stadium.
Newtown 24 [Iwi Hauraki 2, Jimmy Andersen, Liam Foran, Kyle Lodge tries; Chris Tuatara 2 goals]
Wentworthville 10 [2 tries; 1 goal]
Half-Time: Newtown led 10-4.
There is a general bye in the NSW Cup competition next weekend, 11 and 12 July.
The Newtown Jets' next match will be against the Auckland Vulcans at Henson Park on Saturday, 18 July. The 8th placed Vulcans are only one point ahead of the Jets on the NSW Cup competition table, so this match starts to take on genuine late season significance.