6.00 pm, Saturday, 25 July
Windsor Sports Complex
Bounded by George St, Rifle Range Rd and Mileham St, South Windsor
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NSW Cup ladder [end of last round]
The Jets miss out on two critical competition points
The Newtown Jets missed an opportunity to consolidate their place in the NSW Cup top eight when they went down narrowly by 30-28 to Windsor on Saturday night.
The Jets reverted to some of their shoddier playing practices of earlier in the season, trailing by 16-6 midway through the first half and by 16-12 at halftime.
The tight discipline and unfaltering try-line defence that had carried the Jets to wins against strong opponents like Wentworthville and the Central Coast Storm was missing on Saturday.
Coach Greg Matterson identified the lack of patience and the failure to build pressure when in possession as being critical factors in this loss to the Windsor Wolves. There were a number of occasions where Newtown's sets of possession at Windsor's end of the field were poorly completed and the Wolves were let off the hook.
Saturday night's match was certainly a tough physical encounter between two teams desperate to claim a place in the semi-finals. Windsor is now one point ahead of the Jets on the NSW Cup competition table although the Jets have one bye in hand.
There were a number of walking wounded in the Jets dressing room at fulltime and the club's medical staff will be working overtime to get these players back on deck for next Saturday's vital match away to North Sydney.
Newtown front-rowers Ray Moujalli and Khalid Deeb were the Jets best forwards, with Deeb and hooker Sean, Rudder pulling off try-saving tackles in the second half. Centre, Tu'U Maori was the best of Newtown's backline and is showing the attacking form that gained him a place in last year's Papua-New Guinean World Cup squad.
The versatile Riley Brown made a satisfactory return to playing duties after an extended layoff due to injury.
Newtown Jets 28 [Riley Borwn, Iwi Hauraki, Tu'U Maori, Ray Moujalli, Sonny Tuigamala tries; Chris Tuatara 4 goals]
Windsor Wolves 30 [6 tries; 3 goals
Half-time: Wolves led 16-12
With the loss to Windsor, the Jets slip to 9th on the competition ladder.
Newtown's next assignment is away to the North Sydney Bears next Saturday, 1 August. at North Sydney Oval, with this match getting underway at 2.30pm.