7.00 pm, Friday, 2 August 2010
North Sydney Oval
Meet the players
NSW Cup ladder [end of last round]
Special tribute to Frank Hyde
At half-time, the North Sydney Club staged a moving tribute to Frank Hyde - a young tenor stepped up to sing "Danny Boy", Frank's own signature tune and well remembered by all those who sat glued to the radio during the 60s and 70s, absorbing his calls of our great game and listening to him singing favourite songs to sign off each afternoon.
Jets win the hard way in the Bears' den
Newtown has moved into second place on the NSW Cup competition ladder following Balmain's loss to Windsor and the Jets' narrow 22-16 win over Norths at North Sydney Oval on Friday night.
The Jets made more than their share of errors and would have been well pleased to come away with the competition points from this gruelling encounter with a combative Bears outfit.
Jets gain first half advantage
The Bears were first to score through fullback, Andre Itula, but Newtown replied quickly with a try to centre, Chris Tuatara-Morrison, following a well-placed high kick by halfback, Liam Foran.
Newtown scored again twenty minutes later through second-rower, Brad Barrett, but only after they had weathered extended pressure in their own quarter courtesy of their own handling errors and repeated penalties.
The match was very much in the balance as the teams went in for the halftime break with the Ken Irvine Scoreboard reading 10-6 in Newtown's favour.
Maintain lead through second half
Newtown's mercurial fullback, Luke Towers, dashed in under the posts early in the second half following polished lead-up work from several team-mates.
Norths responded with a Zeb Tawha try in the tenth minute and the match was still up for grabs with Newtown leading 16-12. The Jets gained some reprieve when Chris Tuatara-Morrison kicked a penalty goal in the 22nd minute, and this lead was further extended through a great try to winger, Troy Savage, following splendid approach play by Liam Foran and centre, Tu'u Maori.
The Bears reduced the margin to 22-16 with four minutes remaining, when Norths halfback, Jarryd Hogan, scored in the wake of some ordinary cleaning-up work at Newtown's end. The Bears were still laying siege to Newtown's line when the fulltime siren sounded, much to the collective relief of the Jets' travelling supporters.
This was a hard-earned win for the Jets in less than ideal circumstances. Newtown had to deal with a five-day turnaround after their last-minute win at Shellharbour the previous Sunday, and they didn't appear to cope well with Friday night's showers and the slippery playing conditions.
Coach, Greg Matterson, named tough forward, Tinirau Arona, as Newtown's Man of the Match and praised the efforts of Lopini Paea, Keith Peters, Brad Barrett and Jason Baitieri in the forwards, as well as Johnathon Ford and Tu'u Maori in the backs.
Newtown Jets 22 [Luke Towers, Chris Tuatara-Morrison, Troy Savage, Brad Barrett tries; Chris Tuatara-Morrison 2 goals, 1 penalty goal]
North Sydney Bears 16 [3 tries, 2 goals]
Half-time: Jets led 10-6.
Officials: Referee, Jon Stone; Touch judges, Jay Farlow, Brenden Wood.
The Jets travel to the south-west next Saturday afternoon, 7 August, when they take on Western Suburbs at Campbelltown Stadium at 3.00pm.
This NSW Cup 22nd round match will also determine the winner of the Tom Raudonikis Cup for 2010.