Newtown Rugby League Football Club - Established 1908
Rd8 - Jets pile on the points at Brookvale [48-12]


Match details

3.00 pm, Saturday, 30 April 2011

Brookvale Oval

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Relive the game moment-by-moment in Gary Sutherland's photo gallery or view game highlights in the Mike Bidboudis or Jason McCauley photo slideshows.

The Newtown Jets NSW Cup team created club history on Saturday with their 48-12 away win against Manly-Warringah.

This was the Newtown club's biggest-ever winning margin against the Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval since Manly-Warringah entered the NSW Rugby League competition back in 1947.

Jets supporters on edge after tense first half

The Jets turned in a less than convincing first half in this match when they led 14-12 at the halftime break, with everything pointing towards the second half being a closely-fought encounter.

Newtown had scored three well-constructed tries but midfield defensive lapses had enabled the home team to pull right back into contention through two converted tries.

Manly held to 0 in second half

Newtown's strong completion rate in the third quarter and their domination of possession and territory eventually ran the Sea Eagles ragged.

The Jets' forwards took control of the midfield and allowed the Newtown backs to do a lot of damage against Manly's left-side defence. Newtown's strong tackling denied the opposition any second half points for the second week in a row.

Coach's assessment

Coach Greg Matterson was naturally pleased with this record-making performance and was relieved that the team had not been affected unduly by late team and positional changes.

Fullback, Mark Kheirallah, came off in the first half with an ankle injury, causing the Jets to reshuffle their backline positions and to play out the rest of the match one man down on the bench.

Matterson noted another impressive display from Newtown's back-rowers - Willie Mataka, Brad Barrett and Aidan Guerra - and also praised front-rowers, Ryan Verlinden and Francis Tuigamala, for their rampaging charges at Manly's end of the field.

The Jets backline gave a much-improved performance and took smarter options. Centres, Francis Vaiotu and Kane Linnett, ran with determination and purpose and the former Balmain Tiger, Brett Lane, who has played in several positions this season, scored two tries and kicked six goals.

Five-eighth, Johnathon Ford, had his best game of the season and laid on some creative ballwork, while the feisty hooker, Scott Jones, is rapidly becoming a real favourite with the Jets faithful.


Ryan Verlinden high-fives Johnathon Ford after his try and
gleeful Jets supporters congratulate players after the game.
Photos by Mike Biboudis and Jason McCauley

Match summary

Newtown 48 [Brett Lane 2, Steve Naughton, Kane Linnett, Brad Takairangi, Ryan Verlinden, Willie Mataka, Brad Barrett, Francis Tuigamala tries; Brett Lane 6 goals]

Manly-Warringah 12 [2 tries, 2 goals]

Half-time: Jets led 14-12.

Next game

The Jets travel to the south-west again this coming weekend for their 9th round NSW Cup assignment, when they play Western Suburbs at Campbelltown Stadium, Saturday, 7 May at 3.00pm.

Who played

1 Mark Kheirallah
Sponsored by Scott Corporation
2 Steve Naughton [T1]
Sponsored by Golden Barley Hotel, Marrickville
3 Kane Linnett [T1]
Sponsored by Charles Bailey, Ray White Inner West
4 Francis Vaiotu
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5 Rhys Pritchard
Sponsored by Golden Barley Hotel, Marrickville
6 Johnathon Ford
Sponsored by Steve Helmich
15 Kurt Kara
Sponsored by Craig Leonard
8 Francis Tuigamala [T1]
Sponsored by WFM Motors
9 Byron Fruean
Sponsored by John Cahill
10 Khalid Deeb ©
Sponsored by Dave Nelson
11 Aidan Guerra
Sponsored by LHD Lawyers
12 Brad Barrett [T1]
Sponsored by Premier Bowling Greens
13 Willie Mataka [T1]
Sponsored by Jennifer Malone


17 Ryan Verlinden [T1]
Sponsored by Botany View Hotel
18 Scott Jones
Sponsored by Labelcraft, Leichhardt
19 Brett lane [T2 G6]
Sponsored by Sullivan Binding Services
20 Brad Takairangi [T1]
Sponsored by BRI Ferrier

Coach: Greg Matterson