Newtown Rugby League Football Club - Established 1908
Rd8 2013 - Another loss at home against the Cutters [20-28]
Round 2 of the Tom Kirk Cup


Ladies Day at Henson Park

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Match details

3.00 pm, Saturday, 4 May 2013

Henson Park
Alcoholic beverages and glass bottles cannot be brought into Henson Park.

The game was called LIVE by the Steele Sports team, Alby Talarico and Keith Payne through the Steele Sports website.

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Jets yet to win at home this season

The Newtown Jets have slipped out of the NSW Cup top eight after their 28-20 loss to the Illawarra Cutters at Henson Park on Saturday.

The Jets have now won just three of their eight competition games so far this season, and have developed the worrying trend of leading at half-time and ultimately losing out late in the second half.

The St George-Illawarra partnership club, the Cutters, led 12-0 in the first half before Jets centre and Tongan international Michael Oldfield scored in the 31st minute.

First half try-scoring spree

This try signalled Newtown's best period of the game as the Jets added two more tries in the last ten minutes of the first half. Front-rower Kane Evans and half-back Ryley Jacks added to Newtown's try tally, and winger Chris Taripo converted two of the three tries for the Jets to lead 16-12 at the break.

Second half - another game that got away

The second half was intensely disappointing for the Jets and their fans, as a 6-1 penalty count to the Cutters gave the visitors plenty of possession and favourable field position for most of the half.

Newtown looked to be in control when Michael Oldfield scored his second try ten minutes into the second half giving the Jets a 20-12 lead, but they rarely challenged the Cutters' try-line again for the remainder of the match.

The Scarlets narrowed the gap to 20-16 with a try in the 20th minute of the second half, and they stuck a killer blow twelve minutes from full-time when their busy half-back latched onto a wayward Newtown pass and dashed 70 metres to score under the posts. Illawarra took the lead by 22-20 and extended this to 28-20 with another converted try two minutes out from the final siren.

Coaching assessment

The Newtown Jets coaching staff summed up the game in these terms - there was no lack of effort from the Jets players and there was some excellent defence in the second half, but small lapses really hurt the team.

The lopsided second-half penalty count against the Jets ensured extra possession for the Cutters and greater pressure of Newtown's defence in their own quarter.

The Jets' end of set plays were very disappointing, with their kicking game putting no pressure at all on Illawarra's back three.

Player performances

This was Michael Oldfield's best game with the Jets since transferring from the Sea Eagles, and Dylan Napa, Kane Evans, Nafe Seluini and Lama Tasi all worked hard in the forwards. Napa's work rate was outstanding and Seluini was at his elusive best in trying to find a way through the Cutters' defence.

Next game

The Jets have a bye in the NSW Cup competition this coming weekend, 11-12 May and their next match is away to Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval, Saturday, 18 May at 3.00pm.

Match summary

Newtown Jets 20 [Michael Oldfield 2, Ryley Jacks, Kane Evans tries; Chris Taripo 3 goals]
Illawarra Cutters 28 [5 tries, 4 goals]

Half-Time: Newtown led 16-12.

Officials: Referee, Kasey Badger; Touch judges, Peter Crombie-Brown and Chris Treneman.

Playing surface: Excellent.
Weather: Fine, sunny, cool breeze, 20 degrees.

Who played?

1 Henare Wells
Sponsored by Karl Cope
4 Usaia O'Sullivan
Sponsored by Golden Barley Hotel, Marrickville
3 Michael Oldfield [T2]
Sponsored by Charles Bailey, Ray White Inner West
6 Adam Henry
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5 Chris Taripo [G3]
Sponsored by Golden Barley Hotel, Marrickville
15 Ben Jones
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7 Ryley Jacks [T1]
Sponsored by The VIC Hotel, Enmore
8 Lama Tasi
Sponsored by Craig Leonard
9 Kurt Kara
Sponsored by Botany View Hotel
20 Isaac Liu
Sponsored by Good Fellows
11 Dylan Napa
Sponsored by Jennifer Malone
12 Tinirau Arona
Sponsored by Craig Stephens
16 Frank-Paul Nuuausala
Sponsored by Barry Vining


14 Khalid Deeb
Sponsored by Jeff Gabriel
17 Saulala Houma
Sponsored by Steve Helmich
18 Nafe Seluini
Sponsored by BRI Ferrier
10 Kane Evans [T1]
Sponsored by Dave Nelson

Coach: Greg Matterson
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