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The Game Plan
The Newtown Jets have established a good track record against the Wentworthville Magpies at their home ground Ringrose Park in recent seasons. This trend was reconfirmed on Sunday afternoon when the Jets defeated Wentworthville 62-22, after leading by 22-12 at half-time.
Newtown took an early 12-0 lead but allowed Wenty to draw level midway through the first half. The Jets regained the ascendancy with two more tries in the latter stages of the first half.
Fullback Henare Wells gave the Jets a flying start when he scored in the first minute of play, after halfback Ryley Jacks had made a good break and lock Tinirau Arona had provided intelligent support play. Arona scored five minutes later on the end of a repeat set resulting from a high kick by Ryley Jacks.
The young Jets halfback tormented the Wenty back three with his high spiralling kicks for the remainder of the game. Wentworthville had the better of play midway through the first half, scoring three tries in the space of ten minutes as the Magpies found flaws in Newtown's backline defence. Jets winger Michael Oldfield and the admirable Arona scored tries late in the first half in the wake of well-placed high kicks from Ryley Jacks.
Jets 'explode' after half-time
Not even the most wild-eyed Jets optimist would have predicted the points-scoring onslaught unleashed by the men in royal blue in the third quarter of the game. The Jets embarked on a twenty-two minutes long, seven-tries scoring spree when they monopolised possession for ten consecutive sets and rattled up an astounding forty unanswered points.
The shell-shocked Wentworthville players eventually gained some respite and time with the football as they took advantage of Newtown conceding several penalties, with the Magpies scoring the last two tries of the game for the final score to read 62-22 in Newtown's favour.
The Jets coaching staff talked down Newtown's winning margin, saying it was two competition points gained and the next week would present a whole new set of challenges. The coaching group expressed concern about the defensive lapses in the first half and the disciplinary indiscretions in the final twenty minutes.
The Jets forwards were praised for their dominant display, with team captain and hooker Jack Bosden given special mention, along with Lama Tasi, Kane Evans, Dylan Napa, Tinirau Arona and Josh Ailaomai.
Halfback Ryley Jacks continues to show improved form and his kicking game proved to be a decisive attacking weapon. Fullback Henare Wells is adjusting well to the rigours of the NSW Cup and centre Ivan Penehe ran strongly with the ball.
Winners are grinners! Tinirau Arona and Yileen Gordon experience that 'scoring' feeling!|
Photos courtesy Gary Sutherland
"The day Newtown Jets broke the electronic scoreboard at Wentworthville"*
As the Jets piled on the points, the electronic scoreboard had apoplexy and soon after the Jets hit 42, it wouldn't register a correct score thereafter - actually kept wanting to display 80.
In the end, human ingenuity resolved the dilemma. The officials in the scoreboard box lowered the panel covering the window above down onto the electronic display and put the final score up manually in the window.
* Heading courtesy of Jets and Roosters supporter, Wayne Leong, quoting Stu McCarthy
Photo courtesy of Gary Sutherland
Newtown 62 [Michael Oldfield 2, Tinirau Arona 2, Ivan Penehe, Saulala Houma, Henare Wells, Usaia O'Sullivan, Nafe Seluini, Yileen Gordon, Adam Henry tries; Paul Rokolati 9 goals]
Wentworthville Magpies 22 [5 tries; 1 goal]
Half-time: Newtown led 22-12.
Officials: Referee, Lawrence McDonnell; Touch judges, Peter Sciberras and Adam Cassidy.
Playing surface: Very good.
Weather: Sunny, very hot, no breeze, 29 degrees.
The Jets return home to Henson Park this Saturday, 20 April, to play the third-placed Newcastle Knights at 3.00pm, with the unbeaten Cronulla Sharks and Manly-Warringah providing a NSW Cup "Battle of the Coast" curtain-raiser at 1.00pm.
The Newtown club wishes to congratulate Michael Oldfield and Nafe Seluini on their selection in the Tongan Rugby League Test team, along with Lama Tasi who has won selection in the Samoan Test team.