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Newtown Jets halfback Luke Towers is about to put on a step at Belmore on Saturday afternoon that showed why he was the Toast of the French Rugby League in recent seasons. Photo: Mario Facchini (MAF Photography)
Newtown Jets halfback Luke Towers is about to put on a step at Belmore on Saturday afternoon that showed why he was the Toast of the French Rugby League in recent seasons. Photo: Mario Facchini (MAF Photography)

Bulldogs dish out a mauling to Newtown at Belmore

Details of the 22nd round ISP NSW match between Canterbury-Bankstown and Newtown, played at Belmore Sports Ground on Saturday, 5th August 2017.

The Newtown Jets were punished for a series of defensive lapses in Saturday’s match against the Canterbury Bulldogs at Belmore Sports Ground. The score was 6-all after 30 minutes in the first half, but the Dogs then scored five converted tries in the twenty minute period before and after the half-time break. The Jets rallied to pull back to 36-20 midway through the second half, but this just wasn’t going to be a day for death-or-glory comebacks like against Penrith at Allianz in July 2014 or last year’s phenomenal Reunion Day fightback against Manly-Warringah at Henson.

NSWRL Intrust Super Premiership NSW – 22nd Round

Saturday, 5th August 2017

Belmore Sports Ground

Canterbury-Bankstown v Newtown

Kick-Off: 3.00pm.

Canterbury-Bankstown 54:

Josh Cleeland 2, Rhys Martin 2, Tom Carr, Richie Kennar, Reimis Smith, Asipeli Fine, Andy Saunders tries;

Kerrod Holland 6, Rhys Martin 3 goals


Newtown 26:

Edrick Lee 2, Kurt Dillon, Reubenn Rennie, Jason Schirnack tries;

Joseph Paulo 3 goals.

Half-Time: Canterbury-Bankstown led 18-6.

Referee: Ryan Jackson. Touch Judges: John Woods and Ben Teague.

Playing surface: Excellent.

Weather: 19 degrees, sunny, clear sky.

Newtown’s team was:

Leigh Higgins, Tyla Tamou, Reuben Rennie, Kenny Niko, Edrick Lee, Joseph Paulo, Kurt Kara, Jaimin Jolliffe, Jason Schirnack, Jack Williams, Kurt Dillon, Alec Bush, Sam Tagataese.

Bench: Tepatasi Fuiavailili, Jayden McDonogh, Tesimoni Taliauli, Luke Towers. Coach: Greg Matterson.

Canterbury-Bankstown’s team:

Tom Carr, Kerrod Holland, Reimis Smith, Richie Kennar, Tyrone Phillips, Josh Cleeland, Lachlan Lewis, Rod Griffin, Asipeli Fine, Rhyse Martin, Andrew Saunders, Michael Lichaa, Francis Tualau.

Bench: Bronson Garlick, D’Rhys Miller, Craig Garvey, Renouf To’omaga. Coach: Steve Georgallis.

Match timeline: –

First half:

Bulldogs kicked off to the northern end of Belmore Sports Ground (northern end).

Kick-off not secured and Canterbury get the ball and then lose it in their first set.

Pen to Newtown in 2nd minute.

(Popular Newtown Jets supporter Wayne Leong is in full voice and can be heard all around the ground!)

4th min: Perfect grubber kick by Joseph Paulo towards the posts, Dogs miss it and it is safely grounded by Kurt Dillon. Big Kurt therefore celebrates his 50th game with Newtown with a try

Paulo converts, Newtown leads 6-0.

6th min: Another good kick by Paulo in behind the Dogs backline.

They are caught with the ball close to their own try-line.

Another penalty to Newtown in the 7th min.

Jets give a penalty away in 9th min when they had possession.

10th min: Dogs on the attack and they lose the ball over Newtown’s try-line

12th min: Jets go close in SW corner from a Kurt Kara kick

Coach Matterson relays a message that he is concerned at the metres being made by the Dogs forwards

13th min: Dogs cut through to score to the right of the posts (Rhys Martin the try-scorer)

He converts his own try. 6-all

18th min: Dogs making more ground down the middle

Pen to Newtown on halfway in 20th min

Jets lose the ball in the next set

Pen to Dogs 10 m out from Newtown’s line in 22nd min

Now the Dogs lose the ball in their next set

Jets knock on 40 m out from their own line in 24th min

Dogs starting to look more confident and aggressive when in possession

Jets forced into a goal-line drop-out (26th min)

32nd min: Josh Cleeland breaks through several tackles to score to the right of the posts

Bulldogs gained field position from a penalty

Martin converts. Bulldogs 12-6 (34th min)

Dogs forward makes a 60m break right up the middle of the field

37th min: Dogs score out near the NE corner

Martin the try-scorer and he converts his own try again

Canterbury 18-6 (38th min)

Half-Time: Bulldogs lead 18-6.

First half completions: Newtown 12/16, Dogs 15/18.

Possession: Newtown 42%, Dogs 58%

Penalties: 4-all.

Second half:

Newtown kick off to the railway end.

Dogs make a long break in the first set and score in SE corner.

Richie Kennar the try-scorer.

Converted from the sideline by Kerrod Holland.

Canterbury 24-6 after 41 mins

A dreadful start for Newtown who had been given the half-time directives of defence and discipline.

Dogs starting to make breaks at will. Jets defence looking very shaky

Jets get back on the attack inside Canterbury’s 20 m zone, but a stray pass leads to a 95 m try by Dogs centre Reimis Smith

Try converted by Holland

Canterbury 30-6 after 49 mins

This is starting to look like a carve-up

Try to Tom Carr in 51st min to the right of the posts

Holland converts the try

Canterbury 36-6 after 52 mins

(In the space of 20 mins from before and after the half-time break, Canterbury has scored 30 unanswered points, 5 converted tries)

On the back of a penalty, Paulo kicks into the Dogs in-goal and Edrick Lee scores 10 m in from the NE corner

Not converted Bulldogs 36-10 (56th min)

Good break by Towers in 58th min put Newtown in strong attacking position

Pen to Jets 5 m out from CB try-line

Jets move the ball fluently through the hands and Lee scores in NE corner in 59th min

Not converted CB 36-14 in 60th min

Determined running and well-timed and directed off-loads leads to a try to Reubenn Rennie in 62nd min

Converted by Paulo

CB 36-20 in 62nd min

Are we going to see another miracle fightback?

Jets lose ball in 6rd min which might blunt their momentum.

Dogs pulling a few “old stagers” tricks to slow the play down and to get Jets to lose control of the ball in play the ball situations

Dogs get some extended time with the ball and score to the left of the posts

Asipeli fine scores in 67th min

Holland converts and the Dogs lead 42-20 in 68th min, presumably ending the contest

Jets score from a kick into the CB in-goal in 70th min

Jason Schirnack the try-scorer Conv by Paulo and it’s CB 42-26 in 71st min

Jets on the attack again and a cross-field kick into the NW corner is tapped back in side.

Unfortunately it is snapped up by Cleeland and he has daylight in front of him

Cleeland runs 90 m to score 15 m in from SW corner

Conv by Holland CB 48-26 in 74th min

Paulo makes ground and kicks ahead

Leigh Higgins in pursuit is fouled off the ball, pen to Jets in 75th min

Newtown have the ball 20 m out from Dogs line and they receive another penalty

Nothing comes from the ensuing set

Dogs get the ball at Newtown’s end and Saunders bursts over to score in 79th min 10 m to the left of southern goal-posts

Conv by Holland. CB 54-26

Fulltime: Canterbury-Bankstown win 54-26.


1st half: Newtown 12/16 (75%) Canterbury 15/18 (83%)

2nd half: Newtown 11/16 (69%) Canterbury 10/12 (83%)

F-T: Newtown 23/32 (72%) Canterbury 25/30 (83%)


1st half: Newtown 42% Canterbury 58%

2nd half: Newtown 53% Canterbury 47%

F-T: Newtown 47% Canterbury 53%


1st half: Newtown 4 Canterbury 4

2nd half: Newtown 5 Canterbury 1

F-T: Newtown 9 Canterbury 5

Newtown’s next game details:

NSWRL ISP NSW – 23rd Round

Saturday, 12th August 2017

Henson Park

Newtown (10th place, 19 points) v Penrith (3rd place, 29 points)

Kick-Off: 3.00pm.

Next Saturday at Henson Park is another SCU – More Generous Banking Family Fun Day.

There will be a jumping castle, pass the ball competitions, Mr Whippy van, face painting and of course Syd the Pig and Jetman will be there.

Beautiful weather is forecast so get the kids down to Henson Park for another fun-filled afternoon!

Image: MAF Photography

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Photo: Mario Facchini, mafphotography

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Image: MAF Photography

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Image: MAF Photography

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