Jets take 8th place on ladder with home win!
3.00 pm, Saturday, 18 July
Meet the players
NSW Cup ladder [end of last round]
Jets remain on track for the Finals
The Newtown Jets might have made an ordinary start to the 2009 NSW Cup season but they have now won five of their last six competition matches.
The Jets have edged into eighth place on the premiership table following their rather "scratchy" 36-26 win over the Auckland Vulcans at Henson Park last Saturday.
Jets continue edgy wins against the Vulcans
In Round 5, Newtown secured their first win of the season, defeating the Auckland Vulcans at their home ground, Walter Massey Park. The winning try came just moments before the end of the game. [Read match report.]
In Round 16, the men from across "The Ditch" made the Jets work hard for victory, as the Aucklanders led 22-16 at halftime and Newtown only claimed the lead ten minutes out from fulltime.
Player performances and coach's comments
Newtown's best player was fullback, Iwi Hauraki, who has shaken off his early season injuries and is now one of the form players of the competition.
Strong performances from Jets forwards Ray Moujalli, Khalid Deeb and James Kolomatangi also helped pave the way for this important win.
Jets coach, Greg Matterson, said after the match that he regarded this as a fairly average performance by his players and that they hadn't given the Vulcans the respect they deserved.
There were too many missed tackles, particularly in the first half, and there had been some poor finishing at the end of several of Newtown's sets of possession. The Jets had a fairly good completions rate for the game but there had been some squandered opportunities.
More rep honours for our SG Ball players
Congratulations are in order for Newtown SG Ball Cup (Under 18's) representative players, Jacob Miller and Cheyse Blair, who have won selection in the 2009 Australian Schoolboys Rugby League representative team, which will play the touring Great Britain Schoolboys team in a test series later this month.
Newtown Jets 36 [Sonny Tuigamala 2, Chris Tuatara, Tu'U Maori, Sean Rudder, Jimmy Andersen, Pat Rosser tries; Chris Tuatara 4 goals]
Auckland Vulcans 26 [5 tries, 3 goals]
Half-time: Vulcans led 16-22.
Sunny afternoon at Henson! Great afternoon for football... and a Newtown victory! Enjoyed by supporters and visitors alike. Read what two visitors said about the Henson Park experience.
Best Player: Iwi Hauraki
The Newtown Jets will be looking to continue their drive towards the 2009 NSW Cup finals series when they take on the Windsor Wolves (Penrith's feeder team) at the Windsor Rugby League Complex next Saturday evening (25th July) at 6.00pm. The Jets will be keen to put some competition points between themselves and the Wolves as both club tustle for a place in the 2009 finals.