2.15 pm, Saturday, 28 February
St Marys Leagues Stadium
Newtown's SG Ball Cup team remained undefeated and claimed another major scalp when the Jets defeated Penrith 28-26 at St Marys on Saturday afternoon.
The Panthers were regarded as premiership contenders and the combination of their home ground advantage and the searing late summer heat were considered to be factors that would bring the young Jets undone.
The Panthers led 10-0 early in the game but Newtown drew level by halftime and looked to have the result well in hand having amassed a commanding 28-10 lead midway through the second half.
Penrith staged a spirited fightback that saw the Jets hanging on to a two-point lead late in the game.
Newtown's coach Joel Greig was delighted with his team's form against the physically-imposing Panthers and named lock forward, Boyd Cordner, as the Jets best player on the day.
Cordner received the special honour of a call-up to play with the Sydney Roosters NRL squad in their trial match against Parramatta at Campbelltown Stadium on Saturday evening.
Upsets were the order of the afternoon with the Roosters Harold Matthews Shield team upsetting the top-ranked Panthers 30-24 in the early match at St Marys.
The undefeated Newtown SG Ball Cup team returns to Henson Park next Saturday, 7 March, to take on the Central Coast Storm at 1.30pm, with the Roosters-Storm Harold Matthews Shield curtain-raiser kicking off at 12 noon.
Michael Mizrahie, Steve Blakemore, Jack Littlejohn, Ethan Lowe, Halaiano Saluka tries
Jacob Miller 4 goals, including 2 from the sideline
Penrith 26 [5 tries, 3 goals]
Weather: Extremely hot.
Jeremiah Tia Tia
Coach: Joel Greig