Reubenn Rennie rallies the troops. Photo: Mario Fachhini/mafphotography
Reubenn Rennie rallies the troops. Photo: Mario Fachhini/mafphotography

Jets narrowly beaten in opening trial match

The Newtown Jets lost to Mounties 8-4 in the Knock-On Effect NSW Cup trial match played at Henson Park on Saturday.

Jets supporters were glad to be back at their spiritual home for the first time since June last year.

Isaac Longmuir, Josh Rudolph and Vincent Rennie Photo: Mario Facchini/mafphotography

This trial match was played in three twenty-minute sessions in what were relatively cool conditions. Mounties scored two tries in the 17th and 19th minutes of the first session, and the Jets posted their only try, scored by winger Devon Makoiare-Boyce, in the 23rd minute.

Jets head coach Greg Matterson rated this as a very useful trial with Newtown not quite applying the finishing touches to several try-scoring opportunities.. The Jets had conceded both of Mounties tries through defensive lapses.

Matterson also noted that Newtown had staged several well-constructed attacking movements down their left side that showed future promise.

There were no points scored in the third twenty-minute session during which the Jets had maintained a clear territorial advantage.

Newtown’s five-eighth Rhys Davies and left edge forward Reubenn Rennie showed good attacking form, while lock Tyler Slade and front-rower Kurt Dillon looked to be the best of the forwards.

Kurt Dillon takes on the Mounties defense. Photo: Mario Facchini/mafphotography

Newtown’s second trial will be against the Canterbury Bulldogs at PointsBet Stadium (the former Shark Park) on Monday, 28th February at 4.45pm.

Details of Saturday’s trial match:

Mounties 8: 2 tries (scored in the 17th and 19th minutes)
Newtown 4 (Devon Makoaire-Boyce a try in the 23rd minute).

This match was played in three twenty-minute sessions with no goal-kicking to be taken.

NSWRL Referees were:  Martin Jones and Jake Sutherland.

Touch Judges: Ben Teague and Clayton Wills.

Newtown’s team was:

Fullback: Dylan O’Connor (with Newtown in 2021)

Wingers: Jonah Ngaronoa (with Newtown in 2021) and Johnathon Tufuga (with Newtown in 2021).

Centres: James Coyne (ex-Cronulla Sharks Jersey Flegg and son of Mark Coyne); Jarrod Cullen (ex-South Sydney).

Five-Eighth: Rhys Davies (ex-Wentworthville and Parramatta)

Halfback: Angus Ernst (ex-Cronulla Sharks Jersey Flegg)

Lock: Tyler Slade (previously with Newtown and Cronulla Sharks Jersey Flegg)

Second-Rowers: Charbel Tasipale (ex-Parramatta NSW Cup); Reubenn Rennie (ex-Mounties; previously with Newtown).

Front-Rowers: Kurt Dillon (previously with Newtown; ex-Cronulla Sharks, South Sydney and Parramatta); Caleb Uele (previously with Newtown and Cronulla Sharks).


Devon Makoaire-Boyce (ex-South Sydney); Vincent Rennie (ex-Mounties); Josh Rudolph (ex-Redcliffe Dolphins); Reid Alchin (ex-Kurri Kurri; grandson of 1960s Western Suburbs winger “Mad Mick” Alchin);
Isaac Longmuir (ex-Cronulla Sharks Jersey Flegg); Eli Levido (ex-North Sydney and Wentworthville).

Zac Woolford on the attack. Photo: Mario Facchini/mafphotography
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Newtown RLFC Assistant Coach Tony Barnes talks with the Jets players at the first break during Saturday's trial match at the Morry Breen Field, Wyong. Photo: Steven Russo

Jets late try snatches victory from the Knights

Image: Steven Russo

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