Jets narrowly beaten in opening trial game
The Newtown Jets and North Sydney Bears turned on an entertaining game in their Intrust Super Premiership trial match played at Wentworth Park on Sunday evening (17th February).
The Bears won 18-16 after leading 12-8 at half-time. The Jets pulled back to within two points with just three minutes left to play, but the conversion attempt taken from wide out brushed outside of the left-hand upright. Newtown scored four tries to three in total and both teams, while well below full strength, showed plenty of inventiveness with the football and both sets of forwards put in sustained defensive efforts.
In the second of two curtain-raisers staged as part of an annual return to Wentworth Park day, Glebe defeated North Sydney 28-12 in a Ron Massey Cup trial match. In the opening curtain-raiser, Ryde-Eastwood defeated Sydney University 40-22 in a Sydney Shield trial match.
Newtown’s next Intrust Super Premiership trial match is against Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles at the Southern Cross Group Stadium (Woolooware) next Saturday, 23rd February at 5.05pm.
North Sydney 18:
Kieran Moss 2, Brock Lamb tries;
Brock Lamb 2, Honeti Tuha goals
Ben Jones, Chris Tupou, Pio Nakubuwai, Tyla Tamou tries.
Half-time: North Sydney led 12-8.
Newtown’s team for this trial match was:
Fullback: Tyla Tamou
Wingers: Chris Tupou, Jalen Reweti
Centres: Pio Nakubuwai, Matt Evans
Halves: Ben Jackson, Ben Jones
Lock: Royce Tout
Second-rowers: Siosifa Talakai, Anthony Moraitis
Front-rowers: Matthew Jurd, Wes Lolo
Hooker: Jai Bowen.
Brock Pelligra, Brandon Luamanu, Latrell Schaumkel, Nick Casson, Sam Latu
JP Hannawe, Issac Prokopyo, Latrell Robinson, Ryan Turner, Jay Seymour
TJ McLean, Jay Wanigolo, Jordon Chong-Jun, Kyle McLean.
Fullback: Kieran Moss
Wingers: Nick O’Meley, Kenneth Koro
Centres: Ed Murphy, James Tuitahi
Halves: Drew Hutchison, Brock Lamb
Lock: Max Bailey
Second-rowers: Josh Curran, Tom Fairbairn
Front-rowers: Stefano Hala, John Tuivaiti
Hooker: Sam Verrills.
Brad Dietz, Fletcher Baker, Jerry Key, Ben Mathiou, Kurtis Preece
Blake Goodman, Curtis Johnston, Honeti Tuha, Lennox Whittaker
Will Lawson, Sean Sabutey, Mason McCarthy, John Mitsias.