3.00 pm, Saturday, 21 March
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NSW Cup Ladder
The Newtown Jets were dealt their second successive heavy defeat of the 2009 NSW Cup season when they were comprehensively crushed 56-18 by the Canterbury Bulldogs new feeder club, Bankstown City, at Henson Park on Saturday.
The Bulldogs seconds fielded a team with plenty of NRL experience and showed the Henson Park crowd exactly why they are the early season premiership favourites.
Newtown made a real contest of this match in the first half and led 12-4 after thirty minutes through tries from fullback Jarvan White and juggernaut front-rower Stanley Waqa. Bankstown City stepped up the pace late in the first half and targeted Newtown's suspect defensive edges, running in four tries in ten minutes to lead 26-12 at halftime.
The Jets were blown away in the second half as Bankstown City dominated possession and ruthlessly punished Newtown's defensive lapses and repeated handling errors in their own half.
Newtown's only try in the second half came from an intercept to five-eighth Jordan Tansey in the 28th minute.
Hard working front-rower Khalid Deeb won Newtown's best player award for the second week in succession.
Stanley Waqa showed he is still capable of smashing through opponents' tackles and winger Iwi Hauraki, the architect of Newtown's downfall in last year's NSW Cup Grand Final, was always looking for work.
City's coach Terry Lamb acknowledged the quality within his team's playing roster and said that when this team applied themselves and played to their full ability, they were fully capable of running up similar scores against any number of other NSW Cup teams.
There's another Rugby League triple-header at Henson Park this coming Saturday, 28 March.
In the Harold Matthews Shield game at 12 noon the Sydney Roosters JRL are at home to Manly-Warringah while the Newtown Jets SG Ball Cup team takes on the Sea Eagles at 1.30pm.
At 3.00pm in the NSW Cup main game the Newtown Jets face off with Penrith's feeder club the Windsor Wolves, another side that has made a somewhat rocky start to the 2009 NSW Cup season.
Newtown Jets 18 [Jarvan White, Stanley Waqa, Jordan Tansey tries; Sonny Tuigamala 3 goals]
Bulldogs (Bankstown City) 56 [11 tries, 6 goals]
Half-Time: Bulldogs led 26-12.
Referee: Jayson Elkins
Touch Judges: Jason Higgins, Daniel Olford.
Weather: Fine, sunny and very warm, high humidity.