3.00 pm, Saturday, 28 March
NSW Cup ladder [end of last round]
NSW Cup players
Newtown's rocky start to the 2009 NSW Cup season continued when the Jets lost 38-22 to Penrith's feeder club, the Windsor Wolves, at Henson Park on Saturday.
The Jets scored early tries through fullback Donny Thompson and winger Sisa Waqa but the Wolves had claimed a 16-10 lead by the thirty minute mark.
Two converted tries to the Wolves within the last two minutes of the first half, both scored on the sixth tackle, handed Windsor a 28-10 halftime lead and a vice-like grip on the likely outcome.
Some contentious refereeing decisions had given the Wolves extra sets of possession and favourable field position but as Jets coach Greg Matterson emphasised to his players at the break, they had conceded three tries on the final tackle and paid a heavy price for failing to shut the plays down.
Both teams scored two tries in the second half but Newtown's concession of cheap penalties and their handling lapses guaranteed there wouldn't be any good news fightback.
Newtown's best player award went to prop Khalid Deeb for the third game in succession, a tribute to the man's workrate and consistency.
Khalid received good support from the veteran Tere Glassie while Donny Thompson was the best of Newtown's backs. Winger Javarn White and centre Tony Jerram scored the Jets second half tries.
Newtown plays away to the Melbourne Storm's official feeder club, the Central Coast Storm, at the Morrie Breen Oval, Wyong on Saturday (4th April), with this match due to start at 4.00pm.
Newtown 22 [Don Thompson, Javarn White, Sisa Waqa, Antony Jerram tries; Don Thompson 3 goals]
Windsor Wolves 38
Half-time: Windsor led 28-10.
Sunny mild day; ground firm.
- Chris Tuatara is ex-Balmain Tigers NSW Cup
- Antony Jerram is ex-Warrington Wolves
- Nigel Millgate is ex-Cronulla NSW Cup and Dubbo CYMS (Group 11)
- Luke Letele is ex-Cronulla NSW Cup
- Sisa Waqa (ex-Gordon RU and Fiji RU) makes his Newtown debut