Jets narrow loss in definitive game of two halves
The Newtown Jets were beaten 22-16 by the competition leaders Mounties at Henson Park on Saturday, but only after the Jets had staged a thrilling second half fightback.
The outlook was grim for the Jets when Mounties led 22-0 after scoring four unanswered tries in the first thirty minutes. The Canberra Raiders partnership club had a near-monopoly of possession for most of the first half and Newtown rarely threatened the Mounties tryline. Winger Bessie Aufaga-Toomaga scored just before halftime on the end of a well-executed backline movement, and the Jets went in to the halftime break 22-4 in arrears.
There were no points scored by either side in the third quarter of the game but the Jets looked more cohesive and competitive. They eventually broke through for tries to Billy Magoulias and Matt Evans, which with two conversions by Kyle Flanagan had Newtown back in the game trailing 22-16. Front-rower Braden Uele was across the line in the 68th minute but a Mounties player’s outsize boot prevented the ball being grounded. The Jets showed remarkable flair and creativity in nearly turning on “the try of the century” in the last minute of play, but an errant foot on the inside-edge of the sideline stripe put paid to this exhilarating passing rush.
Versatile Billy Magoulias was one of Newtown’s best, while other players who had strong moments included Kurt Dillon, Braden Uele, Scott Sorensen, Anthony Moraitis, Aaron Gray and Will Kennedy.
There is a general bye in the Intrust Super Premiership competition next weekend, and then the Newtown Jets are back at Henson Park on Saturday, 30th June versus Wentworthville at 1.00pm.
NSWRL Intrust Super Premiership NSW – 15th Round
Saturday, 16th June 2018
Newtown v Mounties
This game was televised live on Channel Nine and broadcast live by Steele Sports.
Referee: Drew Oultram.
Touch Judges: John Woods and Adam Reid.
Playing surface: Very good.
Weather: 17 degrees Celsius, sunny, scattered clouds, cold southerly breeze.
Brad Abbey 3, Craig Garvey tries;
Sam Williams 3 goals
Bessie Aufaga-Toomaga, Billy Magoulias, Matt Evans tries;
Kyle Flanagan 2 goals.
Half-Time: Mounties led 22-4.
Newtown’s team was:
Will Kennedy, Bessie Aufaga-Toomaga, Aaron Gray, Anthony Moraitis, Charlton Schaafhausen, Matt Evans, Kyle Flanagan, Braden Uele, Blayke Brailey, Kurt Dillon, Briton Nikora, Scott Sorensen, Daniel Vasquez.
Interchange: Billy Magoulias, Wes Lolo, Malakai Houma, Latrell Schaumkel (on debut for the Newtown RLFC from Glebe-Burwood).
Coach: Greg Matterson.
Sitiveni Moceidreke, Mikaele Ravalawa, Tony Satini, Ed Murphy, Brad Abbey, Ata Hingano, Sam williams, Royce Hunt, Craig Garvey, Makahesi Makatoa, Jarrad Kennedy, Jack Murchie, Emre Guler.
Interchange: Sam Duggan, Josh Saunders-Jones, Mitch Cahalane, Kalani Going.
Coach: Ryan Carr.
Newtown’s Ron Massey Cup partnership club, the Glebe Dirty Reds (aka Glebe-Burwood Wolves), showed commendable fighting spirit in their match against Mounties at Henson Park on Saturday. The Dirty Reds trailed 16-0 at halftime and stormed home to an exciting 18-16 win. It was an against-the-odds victory straight out of the hallowed annals of this old foundation club. The Dirty Reds return to Henson Park on Saturday, 30th June.