5.00 pm, Saturday, 28 February
In the NSW Cup trial match at Henson Park on Saturday afternoon, the Jets were burdened with a familiar disadvantage from last year's decider - no specialist halves - when they confronted their 2008 grand final opponents Wentworthville.
Late injuries saw the Jets field a restructured lineup that still turned in a strong first half performance in going into the break with an 18-6 lead.
Newtown's second half combination had less success as Wentworthville exploited some defensive fragility in the Jets' outside backs and ran out winners by 34-18.
Newtown's best forwards were Stanley Waqa, Scott Jones and the veteran Tere Glassie while Kyle Lodge, Antony Jerram and Sonny Tuigamala showed impressive form in the backs.
Newtown 18: 3 tries, 3 goals [Stanley Waqa 2, Tyrone Shelley tries; Scott Jones 3 goals]
Wentworthville 34: 6 tries, 5 goals
Half-Time: Newtown led 18-6.
Next game - contest for Brian "Chicka" Moore Bowl
The Newtown Jets NSW Cup squad will play their last trial game when they travel away next Saturday, 7 March, for a challenge match against the strong Newcastle club team Macquarie United.
The match is at the Lyle Peacock Field, Toronto and will kick off at 4.30pm. The Jets and the Scorpions will contest the inaugural Brian "Chicka" Moore Bowl in honour of the famous Newtown international who played and coached at both clubs, with the former champion centre set to be on hand at the ground to present the trophy to the winners.
Javarn White, Don Thompson
James Cameron, Sione Taka, Shaun Driver
Tony Jerram, Kyle Lodge, Sonny Tuigamala, Nima Tafokitau
Tu'u Maori, Luke Hume
Tere Glassie, Scott Jones, Jimmy Andersen
Judah Wikepa, Jason Thompson, Daniel Green
Stanley Waqa, Khalid Deeb, Moses Manu, Hala Laula
Matt Marshall, Tyrone Shelley, Luke Latele.