Newtown Rugby League Football Club - Established 1908
Rd7 - Tigers hand Newtown reality check [14-39]


Match details

3.00 pm, Saturday, 24 April 2010

Leichhardt Oval

Meet the players

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NSW Cup ladder [end of last round]

The Balmain Tigers have ensured that they will retain the Ryan-Pringle Shield for 2010, having seen off Newtown's challenge at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday by 39-14.

First half woes our own doing

In direct contrast to last week's inspiring win against Wentworthville, the Jets turned on a dreadful first half of football with the Tigers taking a commanding 26-6 lead into the half-time break.

Balmain dominated possession in the first half and punished the Jets for their poor discipline and sloppy ball control. The Tigers had twice the amount of time with the ball in the first forty minutes and kept Newtown at their own end of the field for lengthy periods.

Balmain led 18-0 before Newtown responded with a try to fullback Johnathon Ford. The Tigers added a penalty goal and scored a soft try just prior to half-time to extend their lead to 26-6.

No second half revival

Newtown was more competitive in the second half but there was not to be any resurgence as against Wentworthville in the previous competition round.

Jets centre, Tu'u Maori, showed strength and determination to score early in the second half but in keeping with the general tenor of Newtown's afternoon, a sixth-tackle kick that went astray ended in a 90 metres try for the Tigers, effectively ending any hope of a Newtown fightback.

Coach's comment

Jets coach Greg Matterson expressed his disappointment after the match, saying that his team had put in a very ordinary first half and had paid the price accordingly.

The preparation and build-up to this second-placed versus third-placed encounter had been good, but the Jets on-field attitude on the day looked to be all wrong.

While the two sides had similar completion rates in the second half, Newtown's kicking game had let them down and the Jets lacked the backline thrust of previous weeks. Newtown's "big battalions", the front-rowers who had wrought such destruction against Wentworthville, made little impact against the Tigers.

Match summary

Newtown Jets 14 [Johnathon Ford, Tu'u Maori, Chris Tuatara-Morrison tries; Chris Tuatara-Morrison 1 goal]

Balmain Ryde-Eastwood Tigers 39 [6 tries; 6 conversions, 1 penalty goal, 1 field goal]

Next game

The Newtown Jets face up to more well-credentialled opposition when they meet the competition leaders and 2009 premiers, Canterbury-Bankstown, at Henson Park next Saturday, 1 May. This eighth round NSW Cup fixture kicks off at 3.00pm.

Who played?

1 Johnathon Ford [T1]
Sponsored by Scott Corporation
2 Charlie Herekotukutuku
Sponsored by Golden Barley Hotel, Marrickville
3 Troy Savage
Sponsored by Chris Bailey, Ray White Inner West
4 Tu'u Maori [T1]
Sponsored by Labelcraft, Leichhardt
5 Chris Tuatara-Morrison [T1, G1]
Sponsored by Golden Barley Hotel, Marrickville
6 Russell Aitkin
Sponsored by LHD Lawyers
7 Liam Foran
Sponsored by Brett Scelly
8 Charlie Leaeno
Sponsored by John Cahill
9 Keith Peters
Sponsored by Soil N Stuff
10 Mose Masoe
Sponsored by Steve Helmich
11 James Koloamatangi
Sponsored by Undercover Music
12 Jason Wells ©
Sponsored by Matthew Borg
13 Ray Moujalli
Sponsored by Dave Nelson


14 Khalid Deeb [DNP]
Sponsored by Craig Leonard
15 Daniel Fepuleai
Sponsored by BRI Ferrier
16 Tinirau Arona
Sponsored by Jennifer Malone
17 Ryan Verlinden
Sponsored by Good Fellows
20 Brad Barrett [DNP]
Sponsored by Petersham RSL Club
24 Brad Takairangi
Sponsored by Labelcraft, Leichhardt

Coach: Greg Matterson