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Newtown second-rower Kurt Capewell, a member of last year’s all-conquering Ipswich Jets National State Championship team, takes the ball forward against the Illawarra Cutters on Saturday. Photo: Gary Sutherland Photography.
Newtown second-rower Kurt Capewell, a member of last year’s all-conquering Ipswich Jets National State Championship team, takes the ball forward against the Illawarra Cutters on Saturday. Photo: Gary Sutherland Photography.

Jets pay dearly for a mediocre second half against the Illawarra Cutters in Wollongong

A lack of discipline, poor completions and conceding tries on both sides of the half-time break proved fatal for Newtown.

NSWRL Intrust Super Premiership NSW – Seventh Round; Saturday, 16th April 2016; WIN Stadium, Wollongong; Illawarra Cutters v Newtown; Kick-Off: 3.00pm.

Weather: Cloudy; 23 degrees Celsius; 50% humidity; slight breeze.

Playing surface: Excellent cover, slightly soft underfoot.

Referee: Christopher Treneman

Touch Judges: Richard Daizli and Jimmy Oliveira.

Illawarra Cutters 28:

Peter Mata’utia, Levi Dodd, Kurt Mann, Taane Milne, Sam Coster tries; Shaun Nona 4 goals


Newtown 14:

Fa’amanu Brown 2, Travis Robinson tries; Fa’amanu Brown 1 goal.

Half-Time: Newtown led 14-10.

Illawarra Cutters:

Peter Mata’utia, Levi Dodd, Taane Milne, Kurt Mann, Corey Brown, Shaun Nona, Drew Hutchison, Jake Marketo, Tyrone McCarthy, Hame Sele, Shannon Wakeman, Sam Coster, Sebastiane Ikahihifo. Bench: Blake Wallace, Jacob Hind, Damian Sironen, Andrew McCarthy. Assistant Coach: David Walsh. (Head Coach Jason Demetriou was away with the St George-Illawarra NRL team for the away game against the Gold Coast Titans).

Newtown Jets:

Mitch Brown (Capt), Travis Robinson, Jordan Drew, Matt Evans, Jacob Gagan, Josh Cleeland, Fa’amanu Brown, Jason Schirnack, Anthony Moraitis, Kurt Capewell, Junior Roqica, Matt McIlwrick, Kurt Dillon. Bench: Kurt Kara, Malakai Houma, Jaline Graham, David Fifita. Jesse Sene-Lefao and Arana Taumata were both late withdrawals. Coach: Greg Matterson.

Gary Sutherland Photography covered the match yesterday:

And Mario Facchini Photography was also at WIN Stadium:

The match was broadcast live on Steele Sports Radio on:

The match timeline from WIN Stadium, Wollongong on Saturday, 16th April 2016:

The Illawarra Cutters kicked off, running towards the northern end.

2nd min: Matt Evans takes a Cutters bomb well 5 metres out from his own line.

3rd min: Penalty to the Cutters for a high tackle by Jason Schirnack.

4th min: Cutters force a repeat set. Newtown tackling. Strong running from the Cutters forwards.

6 min: Quick passing by the Cutters sends Taane Milne over in the north-eastern corner. Newtown defence was out-manouvered and an overlap created. Shaun Nona converted from wide out. Cutters 6-0.

7th min: Newtown defence needs to stiffen up. Fa’amanu Brown makes a break but the Cutters end up with the ball.

17th min: Cutters knock on 10 metres out from their own line.

19th min: Fa’amanu Brown short kicks into the south eastern corner and Travis Robinson scores. Cutters have turned the ball over in their past two sets. Newtown hadn’t been achieving much when in possession. Not enough hard, straight running.

20th min: Fa’amanu Brown converts from the sideline. 6-all. An ordinary set by Newtown from the kick-off ends up with a kick out on the full. Cutters get the ball 30 metres out from Newtown’s line.

David Fifita comes on in the 21st minute. Malakai Houma also comes on. Josh Cleeland’s kick into the Cutters in-goal goes dead. Just prior to that Newtown missed a possible try-scoring chance.

Penalty to the Cutters. In the next set their cross-field kick is contested but knocked on by a Cutters player.

Still 6-all despite Newtown having to soak up a fair bit of pressure.

27th min: Jaline Graham on for Newtown. Penalty to Newtown 10 metres out from the Cutters line.

28th min: Fa’amanu Brown slices through from dummy-half after a quick play the ball by David Fifita. One Newtown official says that it looked “Nu” Brown had been fired out of a cannon.

The try isn’t converted and after 30 mins it’s Newtown in front by 10-6.

Cutters unable to clean up a well-directed kick by Josh Cleeland into their in-goal. The Cutters force the ball over their own dead-ball line.

Another Josh Cleeland short kick is knocked dead by the Cutters. Newtown has certainly put a lot of pressure on the Cutters in the past ten minutes.

35th min: Jets centre Jordan Drew slashes through and sends Nu Brown in for his second try. Jaline Graham was also involved in the lead-up to this try.

Nu Brown’s conversion attempt hits an upright and bounces away. Newtown leads 14-6.

37th min: Penalty to Newtown 35 metres out and the Jets take the tap. Malakai Houma makes good ground for the Jets. Cutters concede another penalty and the Jets take the tap option again.

38th min: Josh Cleeland chip-kicks and Jacob Gagan has a try disallowed.

39th min: Penalty to the Cutters in the last minute. Newtown’s defence slackens off. Former New Zealand Warrior Sebastine Ikahihifo gets an off-load away to Kurt Mann who scores in virtually the last second of the first half. Try not converted.

Newtown leads at 14-10 at half-time.

A real downer for Newtown not to go in at half-time with a bigger lead after having dominated play for the last 15 minutes. The Cutters’ last second try gave them a great morale boost.

Second half:

Newtown forced into a goal-line drop out.

3rd min: Poor marker defence by Newtown. Sam Coster scores for the Cutters. Try converted by Shaun Nona and the Cutters lead 16-14.

Jets coach Greg Matterson confronted by the coaching horror: Tries conceded by your team immediately before and after the half-time break. The game’s momentum swings to the Cutters.

8th min: Penalty to Newtown but Jets lose the ball when they had looked promising in attack. Jets seem to be lacking the intensity they showed in the second quarter of the game.

Penalty to the Cutters inside Newtown’s half. Jacob Gagan cleans up a Cutters grubber-kick.

Jets in possession 25 metres from the Cutters line but they lose the ball 10 metres from the try-line.

17th min: Strong run by Jacob Gagan after fielding a Cutters kick. Cutters get a relieving penalty right on their try-line.

21st min: Following a scuffle, Anthony Moraitis (Jets) and Taane Mile (Cutters) are both sin-bined. Penalty to the Cutters after the incident settles down. Another penalty conceded by Newtown.

25th min: Kurt Mann (Cutters) is injured. Cutters on the attack. Cutters grubber into the in-goal but an Illawarra player is ruled off-side.

Penalty to Newtown. David Fifita and Jordan Drew combine to send Travis Robinson on a run. Newtown possibly unlucky not to receive a penalty for what appeared to be a professional foul by the Cutters.

Cutters get a repeat set up near Newtown’s line.

27th min: Peter Mata’utia scores after beating several would-be tacklers. Try converted by Shaun Nona. Cutters now lead 22-14.

Jets on the attack but turn the ball over. Jason Schirnack receives treatment for an injury.

Jordan Drew is playing strongly for Newtown. Jets second half mistake rate and low completions has been a major factor of their second half performance. Too many errors by the Jets at critical times.

33rd min: Levi Dodd scores for the Cutters. Not converted. Cutters lead 26-14.Jets regain the ball from the kick-off.

38th min: Penalty goal to the Cutters.

Full-time: Cutters win 28-14.

Newtown was held scoreless in the second half.

Next weekend (Saturday, 23rd April and Sunday, 24th April) is Round Eight of the 2016 ISP NSW competition.

The Newtown Jets have a bye in this 8th round, along with seven other clubs.

Newtown’s next game details:

NSWRL ISP NSW – Ninth Round; Country Round Weekend; Saturday, 30th April 2016; Cessnock Sports Ground; Wentworthville v Newtown; Kick-Off: 4.45pm.

Other matches played in Seventh Round of the ISP NSW:

New Zealand Warriors 26 defeated Newcastle Knights 6; Mounties 36 defeated Manly-Warringah 32; Wyong Roos 28 defeated Penrith Panthers 6.

North Sydney, Wests Tigers, Canterbury-Bankstown and Wentworthville had byes in Round Seven.


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