Vital game for the Jets as they take on the competition leaders

Newtown Jets backrower George Tsikrikas sprints clear of the North Sydney Bears defence after taking an intercept in last Saturday’s drawn match at Henson Park. Photo: Michael Magee Photography.

The Newtown Jets travel to south-western Sydney for their 10th round Intrust Super Premiership match against the competition front-runners, Mounties. The Canberra Raiders partnership club has named several players with NRL experience and will be determined to maintain the competition lead. Newtown need to win to remain in the competition’s top eight.

Trent Hodkinson has been named to make his debut with the Newtown Jets on Saturday. Trent has had a long and distinguished rugby league career and made his NRL debut in 2010, and has now played more than 160 NRL matches. He has played with the Manly-Warringah, Canterbury-Bankstown, Newcastle Knights and Cronulla-Sutherland clubs, as well as having represented City Origin and NSW in six State of Origin matches.

Lachlan Stein, who had several games with Newtown in 2016 and represented Scotland in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, has been named on the wing as a replacement for the injured Sione Katoa. Lachie scored three tries for Glebe-Burwood in that club’s 38-4 win against Hills District in the Ron Massey Cup last Saturday.

NSWRL Intrust Super Premiership NSW – 10th Round

Saturday, 12th May 2018

Aubrey Keech Reserve, Hinchinbrook

Mounties (1st place, 14 points) v Newtown (8th place, 9 points)

Kick-Off: 3.00pm.

Referee: Damian Briscoe.

Touch Judges: Patrick Mackey and Liam Nicholls.

This match is being broadcast live on Steele Sports: www.steelesports.com.au

Newtown’s team is:

Will Kennedy, Matt Evans, Bessie Aufaga-Toomaga, Reubenn Rennie, Lachlan Stein, Kyle Flanagan, Trent Hodkinson, Braden Uele, Blayke Brailey, Wes Lolo, Briton Nikora, Anthony Moraitis, Daniel Vasquez.

Interchange: Jimmy Jolliffe, Addison Demetriou, Billy Magoulias, Malakai Houma, Jack a. Williams.

Coach: Greg Matterson.

Mounties:

Tyler Cornish, Mikaele Ravalawa, Michael Oldfield, Ed Murphy, Sitiveni Moceidreke, Brad Abbey, Sam Williams, Emre Guler, Craig Garvey, Makahesi Makatoa, Jarrad Kennedy, Jack Murchie, Sam Duggan.

Interchange: Kalani Going, Royce Hunt, Corey Horsburgh, Fabien Paletua-Kiri.

Coach: Ryan Carr.

In the 6th round of the Ron Massey Cup competition this weekend, the undefeated Glebe-Burwood Wolves play Cabramatta at the New Era Stadium, Cabramatta on Saturday, 12th May at 3.00pm.

Livewire journalist Alby Talarico from Steele Sports interviewed the Newtown Jets team captain Anthony Moraitis after last Saturday’s thrilling draw against North Sydney last Saturday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvFWjuFesz4

Alby also interviewed Addison Demetriou, who was on debut for the Jets last Saturday:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2xaVYrta9w

Newtown Jets memberships for 2018 are still available. Check out this link for the necessary information:  http://www.newtownjets.com/jets-membership-2018/