Sat 21st Mar
The Jets recorded their biggest home game winning margin since 2008, and Henson Park took on a somewhat surreal Latin American flavour for the day
NSWRL ISP NSW – Round 14; Saturday, 11th June 2016; Henson Park; Newtown v Wentworthville; Kick-Off: 3.00pm.
Jordan Drew 3, Travis Robinson 3, Kurt Capewell, Fa’amanu Brown, Mitch Brown, Jaline Graham tries; Fa’amanu Brown 7 goals
Honeti Tua try; Michael Doolan 1 goal.
Half-Time: Newtown led 26-0.
Newtown had this game wrapped up at half-time but coach Greg Matterson was admirably realistic and measured in his post-match assessment. He noted that Wentworthville had begun the 2016 season strongly, and were now caught up in the blow-back from Parramatta’s off-field and administrative turmoil, especially with mid-year player transfers and injuries. Wenty had also had a recent change of coaching personnel. He was pleased with Newtown’s performance on the day, especially bearing in mind the enforced absence of players such as David Fifita and Junior Roqica. He was also pleased with the strong showing of two of the younger players, Harrison Muller and Kenny Niko (with the latter player being on debut for the Jets).
Referee: Todd Smith. Touch Judges: Mathew Damaso and Feras Karem.
Playing surface: Excellent.
Weather: Fine, cloudy, 18 degrees C, southerly breeze.
Mitch Brown (Capt), Travis Robinson, Jordan Drew, Matt Evans, Jacob Gagan, Josh Cleeland, Fa’amanu (Nu) Brown, Kurt Kara, Anthony Moraitis, Kurt Capewell, Harrison Muller, Matt McIlwrick, Jesse Sene-Lefao. Bench: Jaline Graham, Jason Schirnack, Malakai Houma, Kenny Niko. Coach: Greg Matterson.
Honeti Tuha, Scott Schulte, Vai Toutai, Jake Butler-Fleming, Bureta Faraimo, Michael Doolan, Troy Dargan, Sam Gorman, Matt Woods, James Hasson, Joseph Valesi, Cameron King (Capt), Alex Twal. Bench: Yilleen Gordon, Tom Amone, Aaron Pene, Nick Kassis. Coach: Nathan Cayless.
Other ISP NSW 14th Round matches played on the weekend:
New Zealand Warriors 34 d Newcastle Knights 32; Canterbury-Bankstown 30 d Wyong 28; Penrith 24 d Manly-Warringah 6; Illawarra Cutters 44 d Wests Tigers 14; North Sydney 26 d Mounties 16.
The ISP NSW competition table after 14 rounds is as follows: http://www.nswrl.com.au/intrust-super-premiership-nsw/ladder1.html
Newtown’s next game:
ISP NSW – 15th Round; Saturday, 18th June 2016; Henson Park; Newtown (in 3rd place) v New Zealand Warriors (now in 1st place); Kick-Off: 3.00pm.
The Newtown Jets will host the competition leaders, the New Zealand Warriors, with Mounties moving back into second place as a result of their loss to North Sydney at North Sydney Oval on Sunday.
The Newtown RLFC proved itself to be a good corporate citizen of the Rugby League world, when Henson Park hosted a quite extraordinary (and heart-warming) display of Rugby League football, Latin American style.
Ecuador and Colombia began the day with a game of Sevens, with the flamboyant Ecuadorians claiming El Escudo del Norte, the Shield of the North. The second curtain-raiser was an entertaining Nines match between Uruguay and Peru, with the Uruguayans taking possession of El Escudo del Sur, the Shield of the South.
The main curtain-raiser was a full-length Rugby League international (two forty-minute halves), the first-ever staged between two Latin American nations, between Chile and El Salvador. Both countries have known enormous social and economic turmoil in the 20th century and many of the players had either come to Australia as young refugees themselves, or they are the sons or grandchildren of people who fled their homelands that had been torn apart by civil war and the cruel overlordship of neo-fascist regimes.
Chile showed that they have the makings of a very competitive national Rugby League team in defeating a gallant El Salvador team 58-20. In winning this ground-breaking match, Chile won El Escudo del Desafio, the Shield of Defiance.
Last week’s Rugby League Week (Thursday, 9th June) ran a double-page spread on pages 32 and 33, “Queenslanders give league a Latino leg-up”, which focused on some of the personalities who were going to play in the Chile-El Salvador international match.
Saturday’s Daily Telegraph (11th June) ran this moving human interest story on one of the El Salvador players, Fredy Arteaga-Figueroa, on how Rugby League football and the friends he has made through the game has enabled him to rebuild his life in his adopted country: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/rugby-league-helps-fredy-arteagafigueroas-fight-to-flee-from-heroin-hell/news-story/96d0c5d24a00fee44deca7fbbfcad6df
Grand old Henson Park, for so long an Anglo-Celtic cultural enclave, has never known such exotic influences such as the stirring Central American and South American national anthems ringing out from the sound system, the Spanish language conversations and excited barracking, plus the food stalls with interesting new taste treats. And not to mention the Chilean Easter Island dancing girls troupe who made a truly sensational appearance, with Henson Park ground announcer John Lynch claiming later that he thought he might have to head to the RPAH cardiac arrest unit!
Newtown’s new Latin American Rugby League friends made a terrific debut at Henson Park, and along with their many supporters we hope that they will be back again in 2017.
Newtown v Wentworthville ISP NSW 14th Round Timeline from Saturday, 11th June:
Wentworthville kicked off to the northern end of Henson Park.
Penalty to Newtown in the first minute.
Jordan Drew shrugs off Wenty defenders and scores in the south-eastern corner in the second minute,
Converted by Fa’amanu Brown from the sideline. Newtown leads 6-0.
Newtown’s error in the play the ball in the 9th minute.
Newtown had the majority of possession in the first ten minutes.
12th min: Penalty to Newtown on their own 20 metre line.
In the ensuing set Travis Robinson eludes his opponent and scores in the south-east corner. Mitch Brown had sent him a perfect pass. Not converted. Newtown 10-0 after 13 mins.
19th min: Penalty to Newtown 40 metres out from the Wenty try-line
The ball is lost following a poorly judged pass 10 metres out from Wenty’s line
2 quick penalties to Wenty in a row (around the 21st min mark)
23rd min: Good midfield clearance puts Jordan Drew in again in the south-east corner Not converted Newtown 14-0.
27th min: Good line finding kick by Josh Cleeland (back in action after a high ankle injury)
Penalty to Wenty in 28th min for alleged high tackle by Kurt Capewell
More of a case of the Wenty ball-carrier falling downwards into Capewell’s arm (Jets ground announcer John Lynch later remarks that it definitely wasn’t a stiff-arm in the classical style of old-time hard nuts such as Paul Sait and “Mad Mick” Alchin!)
31st min: Newtown pass snapped up by a Wenty defender
32nd min mark: Penalties are 4-3 to Newtown
34th min: Good ball movement to the left side and Travis Robinson scores again Converted by Nu Brown Newtown leads 20-0 after 36 mins
38th min: Kurt Capewell surges over in the south-west corner
Nu Brown converts and it’s Newtown leading 26-0 at half-time.
(First half completions: Newtown 17/20; Wenty 10/14.)
Greg Matterson says there were several good features in the first half Concerned at missed support chances when midfield breaks had been made The second half would provide the opportunity to work on plays that will be needed against stronger teams “Don’t give Wenty a sniff in this half – you’ve got your boots on their throat – don’t let up on the pressure”. Jets would have the added advantage of the strong southerly breeze in the second half “Be wary of giving away 7 tackle sets – the ball will run strongly into Wenty’s in-goal zone Be ready to lift your energy levels immediately from the kick-off Wenty will be desperate to get back into the game in the early minutes of the second half Be ready to weather their fightback”. Team captain Mitch Brown pointed out aspects to exploit in the second half.
Newtown running towards the hill end in the second half
Penalty to Newtown in the 43rd minute
Another try to Jordan Drew in the north west corner in the 44th minute Not converted, Newtown leads 30-0
Jordan Drew leaves the field with a shoulder injury He might have over-extended his shoulder as he scored the try (his third for the game)
A great midfield break by the Jets comes to nothing with bad handling
Wenty are forced into a goal-line drop-out
Newtown’s quick hands puts Travis Robinson in at the north-west corner in the 14th min.
That is Newtown’s 6th try against Wenty’s right-side defence
Nu Brown converts from wide out and it’s Newtown 36-0 after 55 mins
Newtown knocks on from the short kick-off
Newtown knocks on again from a Wenty high kick in the 57th min 10 metres out from Newtown’s try-line
Matterson is concerned at this perceived weakness and its implications for tougher matches
Relief for Newtown when they get a penalty right on their own try-line in the 59th min
Badly weighted kick by Newtown runs into touch in goal, giving Wenty 7 tackles
Try-scoring opportunity missed through bad handling by the Jets in the 62nd min
Penalty to Wenty in 62nd min
64th min: Nu Brown short kicks ahead, regathers and scores Superb individual skills on display by the Samoan international Nu Brown converts his own try Newtown leads 42-0 after 66 mins
Penalty to Newtown in 67th min
Mitch Brown takes advantage of some disheartened defence and scores in the 68th min
Nu Brown converts and Newtown leads 48-0 in the 69th min
Nu Brown cuts through and is well-supported by Jaline Graham in the 71st min Nu Brown converts Graham’s try; Newtown 54-0 (72nd min)
79th min: Ty to Wenty (Honeti Tua) from a well-directed crossfield kick
Converted by Michael Doolan
Fulltime: Newtown wins 54-6.
Completion trends were similar to the first half figures Penalties favoured Newtown for the match.
Coach Greg Matterson gets ready to prepare his team for the mega-blockbuster showdown with the top-of-the-table New Zealand Warriors next Saturday (18th June).