Newtown Rugby League Football Club - Established 1908
Rd3 2013 - Bears spoil Jets return to Henson [12-24]
Game 1 - Frank Hyde Shield


Match details

3.00 pm, Saturday, 23 March 2013

Henson Park

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After match function was held at The VIC Hotel 2 Addison Rd, Enmore

The game was called LIVE by Alby Talarico, the Sultan of the Sideline, Tony Dosen and the "Chairman", Keith Payne from Henson Park. The Steele Sports team will be calling all Jets Sydney-based games so if you have to miss out on the Henson Park experience, keep that in mind.

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The going gets tougher for new-look Jets

On a weekend which featured the most oppressive Rugby League playing conditions for many years, North Sydney's stronger second half ensured the Bears a 24-12 win against Newtown at Henson Park on Saturday.

Jets led into half-time

The Jets and Bears are now the only 1908 foundation clubs still playing in the VB NSW Cup, with Balmain and Western Suburbs having adopted the merged Wests Tigers entity. Newtown led 8-6 at half-time on Saturday and had the opportunities in the first half to establish a bigger lead.

A good crowd attended the Jets' first home game of the season despite the unseasonal humidity. Halfback Ryley Jacks, on debut for Newtown, put up a perfectly-placed high kick into the corner in the 13th minute, where winger Paul Rokolati leapt spectacularly to catch the ball and score.

Five minutes later the Bears responded with a converted try after Newtown had conceded a midfield penalty. Former Sea Eagle Michael Oldfield scored Newtown's second try from another virtuoso corner kick by Ryley Jacks. Neither Jets try was converted and Newtown led 8-6 at the break.

Bears took control in second half

The Bears took control of the game through two converted tries in the first ten minutes of the second half. Norths deployed a better downfield kicking game that saw Newtown repeatedly trying to grind their way from their own end of the field, while the Bears kick returns often brought play back to the midfield area.

Norths effectively won the battle of the forwards in the second half, utilising quicker play the balls that pushed the Jets defence backwards. The big Newtown forwards who had been so dominant two weeks before in Wollongong really felt the pinch of last Saturday's equatorial playing conditions.

Late changes to Newtown's starting line-up also impacted the Jets' teamwork.

Newtown fought back into the game to trail 18-12 with seven minutes remaining, when halfback Jacks engineered Newtown's third try with another accurate corner kick that resulted in a try to centre Usaia O'Sullivan. The Bears guaranteed their win with their fourth try just minutes before fulltime.

Player performances

The Jets were best served in the forwards by stand-in captain Andrew Pearn, Dylan Napa and Isaac Liu. Jack Bosden had his first game back from injury after last year's Grand Final triumph, while danger man Nafe Seluini was closely marked by the Bears.

Halfback Ryley Jacks showed that his pin-point corner kicks will be a potent attacking weapon for Newtown this season. Winger Paul Rokolati impressed again with his strong running and athleticism. Saturday's game was notable for the fact that it was the first time that a female referee has officiated in a VB NSW Cup competition match at Henson Park.

Next game

The Newtown Jets are away from home for the next three games and this Saturday, 30 March, take on the unbeaten Cronulla Sharks at Sharks Stadium, with the match timed for kick off at 3.10pm. This Sharks-Jets "West Side Story" encounter will be televised live on Fox Sports.

Match summary

Newtown Jets 12 [Paul Rokolati, Michael Oldfield, Usaia O’Sullivan tries} North Sydney Bears 24 [4 tries, 4 goals]

Half-Time: Newtown led 8-6.

Officials: Referee, Kasey Badger; Touch judges, Jay Farlow and John Woods.
Weather: Sunny, very hot and humid, 30 degrees.
Playing surface: Excellent.

Who played?

1 Henare Wells
Sponsored by Karl Cope
2 Paul Rokolati [T1]
Sponsored by Golden Barley Hotel, Marrickville
3 Michael Oldfield [T1]
Sponsored by Charles Bailey, Ray White Inner West
4 Usaia O'Sullivan [T1]
Sponsored by Wyong Golf Club Brasserie
5 Chris Taripo
Sponsored by Golden Barley Hotel, Marrickville
23 Matt Mundine
Sponsored by John Cahill
7 Ryley Jacks
Sponsored by The VIC Hotel, Enmore
8 Isaac Liu
Sponsored by Craig Leonard
9 Nafe Seluini
Sponsored by Botany View Hotel
10 Kane Evans
Sponsored by Dave Nelson
11 Andrew Pearn ©
Sponsored by Jennifer Malone
12 Brad Barrett
Sponsored by Craig Stephens
21 Lama Tasi
Sponsored by Barry Vining


14 Ahmad Ellaz
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15 Jack Bosden
Sponsored by Chef's Touch, Nifty Foods
17 Saulala Houma
Sponsored by Steve Helmich
24 Dylan Napa
Sponsored by Riverwall Constructions
16 Josh Ailaomai [DNP]
Sponsored by Labelcraft
20 Khalid Deeb © [DNP]
Sponsored by Ilias Design Group

Coach: Greg Matterson
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