Jets

ROUND 12 - SATURDAY 25TH MAY

 3:00pm

         Henson Park            (Wilson Blacklock Cup)

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Jets front-rower Rhys Dakin charges into the Rabbitohs defence. Sam Healey (centre) and Niwhai Puru (right) are in the background. Photo: Mario Facchini / mafphotography
Jets front-rower Rhys Dakin charges into the Rabbitohs defence. Sam Healey (centre) and Niwhai Puru (right) are in the background. Photo: Mario Facchini / mafphotography

Jets pushed down the competition table by loss to Rabbitohs

The Newtown Jets lost to South Sydney by 24-12 in the Knock-On Effect NSW Cup round six match, played at Accor Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Souths led 10-6 at halftime and then Newtown reclaimed the lead early in the second half. The Rabbitohs scored two more converted tries midway through the second half and maintained that 22-12 lead until just before fulltime when they added a penalty goal.

The Jets had opened the scoring in the third minute through a clever exchange of passes between hooker Jayden Berrell, second-rower Billy Burns and finally halfback Niwhai Puru, with Puru’s try being converted by five-eighth Mawene Hiroti.

These were Newtown’s only points for the first half, with the Rabbitohs dominating possession and territory while also receiving a strong flow of penalties. With their deficit of possession, the Jets were forced to defend within their own half for much of the first forty minutes.

The Jets regained the lead early in the second half when fullback Kade Dykes slashed through the Rabbitohs right-side defence, made considerable ground and then sent Niwhai Puru racing clear to score under the northern end goal-posts.

Newtown’s halfback Niwhai Puru races in to score his second try in the game against South Sydney at Accor Stadium, Homebush.
Photo: Mario Facchini / mafphotography

For most of the second half Newtown struggled once again to get an equal share of possession. Souths scored two more converted tries midway through the second half, with their most constructive moments aided by an exceptional display from the NSW State of Origin and Australian representative hooker Damien Cook, whose impeccable service from dummy-half and ball distribution kept the big Souths pack moving forward.

Jets coach George Ndaira was frank in his assessment of Newtown’s performance, observing that the Jets had hurt themselves through conceding penalties and unforced errors, which along with Jayden Berrell’s HIA and enforced absence after thirty minutes didn’t help Newtown to get out of first gear.

Souths prolonged dominance of field position and possession in the first half had burned up a lot of Newtown’s energy, and then a couple of missed try-scoring opportunities in the second half had prevented the Jets from running down Souths lead.

The Rabbitohs had the better post-match figures in completions and possession, as well as an overall penalty count of 9-4 in their favour (Souths had received five penalties to one in the first half).

Souths also registered better stats in areas such as tackle breaks, post-contact metres made and also in kick-return metres. The missed tackles count also went heavily against Newtown.

Jets winger Tom Rodwell deserves special mention for his safe handling under a barrage of high kicks that were directed his way by the Souths play-makers.

This quote from The Extended Bench online commentary site has some reference to Newtown’s wingers: “Wingers are no longer people who hang around rugby league footballers. They now form part of the engine room, especially when working the ball out from their own end. It gives their middle forwards a needed rest and can generate plenty of momentum”. Both Rodwell and Stonestreet are good examples of this modern breed of wingers.

Five-eighth Mawene Hiroti made a strong return to the playing arena, bearing in mind he has been out with injury since the round one encounter with the New Zealand Warriors in Auckland.

Second-rower Jack Gibbons (formerly with the Central Queensland Capras and the Sunshine Coast Falcons in the Queensland Cup) made his debut with Newtown in the NSW Cup on Saturday.

Front-rower Braden Hamlin-Uele, the New Zealand Kiwis and Samoan rugby league international, was playing his first game for 2024 and he made a strong impact for the Jets in the midfield.

Souths had scored a long-distance try in the first half that was very much against the run of play. With the scores tied together at 6-all, Newtown put the ball to ground when they were in a favourable attacking position, and the Rabbitohs fullback and captain Jacob Gagai grabbed the loose ball and ran 90 metres to score.

Newtown’s flying winger Sam Stonestreet looked set to score in the second half when he toed the ball ahead and regathered, only to be ankle-tapped by an equally-fast Souths defender.

Saturday’s loss has pushed Newtown down from fourth to seventh position on the Knock-On Effect NSW Cup competition table. The Newtown Jets return home this Saturday afternoon, 20th April, when they take on the Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles at Henson Park at 3.00pm.

For most of the second half Newtown struggled once again to get an equal share of possession. Souths scored two more converted tries midway through the second half, with their most constructive moments aided by an exceptional display from the NSW State of Origin and Australian representative hooker Damien Cook, whose impeccable service from dummy-half and ball distribution kept the big Souths pack moving forward.

Jets coach George Ndaira was frank in his assessment of Newtown’s performance, observing that the Jets had hurt themselves through conceding penalties and unforced errors, which along with Jayden Berrell’s HIA and enforced absence after thirty minutes didn’t help Newtown to get out of first gear.

Souths prolonged dominance of field position and possession in the first half had burned up a lot of Newtown’s energy, and then a couple of missed try-scoring opportunities in the second half had prevented the Jets from running down Souths lead.

The Rabbitohs had the better post-match figures in completions and possession, as well as an overall penalty count of 9-4 in their favour (Souths had received five penalties to one in the first half).

Souths also registered better stats in areas such as tackle breaks, post-contact metres made and also in kick-return metres. The missed tackles count also went heavily against Newtown.

Jets winger Tom Rodwell deserves special mention for his safe handling under a barrage of high kicks that were directed his way by the Souths play-makers.

This quote from The Extended Bench online commentary site has some reference to Newtown’s wingers: “Wingers are no longer people who hang around rugby league footballers. They now form part of the engine room, especially when working the ball out from their own end. It gives their middle forwards a needed rest and can generate plenty of momentum”. Both Rodwell and Stonestreet are good examples of this modern breed of wingers.

Five-eighth Mawene Hiroti made a strong return to the playing arena, bearing in mind he has been out with injury since the round one encounter with the New Zealand Warriors in Auckland.

Second-rower Jack Gibbons (formerly with the Central Queensland Capras and the Sunshine Coast Falcons in the Queensland Cup) made his debut with Newtown in the NSW Cup on Saturday.

Front-rower Braden Hamlin-Uele, the New Zealand Kiwis and Samoan rugby league international, was playing his first game for 2024 and he made a strong impact for the Jets in the midfield.

Souths had scored a long-distance try in the first half that was very much against the run of play. With the scores tied together at 6-all, Newtown put the ball to ground when they were in a favourable attacking position, and the Rabbitohs fullback and captain Jacob Gagai grabbed the loose ball and ran 90 metres to score.

Newtown’s flying winger Sam Stonestreet looked set to score in the second half when he toed the ball ahead and regathered, only to be ankle-tapped by an equally-fast Souths defender.

Saturday’s loss has pushed Newtown down from fourth to seventh position on the Knock-On Effect NSW Cup competition table.

The Newtown Jets return home this Saturday afternoon, 20th April, when they take on the Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles at Henson Park at 3.00pm.

Match Details:

NSWRL Knock-On Effect NSW Cup
Round Six
Saturday, 13th April 2024
Accor Stadium, Homebush
South Sydney v Newtown
Kick-Off: 5.10pm.

Weather: Fine, 23 degrees, slightly cloudy

Humidity: 65%

Playing surface: Excellent

Newtown’s team was: –
Fullback: Kade Dykes
Wingers: Thomas Rodwell, Sam Stonestreet
Centres: Chris Vea’ila, Addison Demetriou

Halves: Mawene Hiroti, Niwhai Puru
Lock: Billy Magoulias (Captain)
Second-Rowers: Jordin Leiu, Billy Burns
Front-Rowers: Rhys Dakin, Braden Hamlin-Uele

Hooker: Jayden Berrell

Interchange: Blake Hosking, Jack Gibbons, Sam Healey, Brad Fearnley
Reserves: Jackson Ferris, Josh Cook

Coach: George Ndaira

South Sydney: –

Fullback: Jacob Gagai (Captain)
Wingers: Leon Te Hau, Izaac Tu’itupou Thomson

Centres: Braidon Burns, Leonard Skelton
Halves: Dion Teaupa, Jarrett Subloo
Lock: Tallis Duncan
Second-Rowers: Adam Christensen, Chase Chapman

Front-Rowers: Sean Keppie, Yileen Gordon

Hooker: Damien Cook

Interchange: Ryan Gray, Brock Gray, Kaylen Miller, Bear Williams
Reserve: Marco Moretti

Coach: Joe O’Callaghan.

Match Officials:
Referee: Daniel Luttringer
Touch Judges: Mitchell Currie, Bradley Kiehne.

South Sydney 24:

Braidon Burns, Jacob Gagai, Damien Cook, Ryan Gray tries;
Dion Teaupa 3 conversions, 1 penalty goal

defeated
Newtown 12:
Niwhai Puru 2 tries;

Mawene Hiroti 2 conversions.
Half-Time: South Sydney led 10-6.

Match Statistics (courtesy of Stuart McCarthy and the NSWRL): –


Completions:
First Half: Newtown 69%, Souths 80%
Second Half: Newtown 73%, Souths 89%
Match: Newtown 71%, Souths 84%

Possession:
First Half: Newtown 42%, Souths 58%
Second Half: Newtown 46%, Souths 54%
Match: Newtown 44%, Souths 56%

Penalties:
First Half: Souths5-1
Second Half: Souths 4-3
Match: Souths 9-4

Time in possession: Souths 30 minutes, Newtown 22 minutes

Tackle Breaks: Souths 42, Newtown 19
Post contact metres: Souths 850, Newtown 570
Missed tackles: Newtown 42, Souths 19
Errors: Newtown 12, Souths 9
Kick return metres: Souths 183, Newtown 93.

Newtown winger Tom Rodwell safely fielded every high kick directed towards him during the game.

NSW Cup highlights: South Sydney v Newtown, Round Six:

https://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2024/04/14/nsw-cup-highlights–rabbitohs-v-jets—round-six

Coach George Ndaira – post-match interview:

https://twitter.com/newtownrlfc/status/1779354140386402604

The NSWRL Knock-On Effect NSW Cup competition table after 6 rounds:
https://www.nswrl.com.au/ladder/?competition=113&round=6&season=2024

Match Timeline: –

Kick-off was at 5.10pm:

First half:
3rd minute: Niwhai Puru try
Converted by Mawene Hiroti. Newtown 6-0.

20th minute: Braidon Burns try
Converted by Dion Teaupa. 6-all.

29th minute: Jayden Berrell HIA – gone for the rest of the match.

31st minute: Jacob Gagai try.
Not converted. Souths 10-6.
Half-Time: South Sydney led 10-6.

Second Half:
46th minute: Niwhai Puru try.
Converted by Mawene Hiroti. Newtown 12-10.
57th minute: Damien Cook try.
Converted by Dion Teaupa. Souths 16-12.
62nd minute: Ryan Gray try.
Converted by Dion Teaupa. Souths 22-12.

78th minute: Penalty goal kicked by Dion Teaupa. Souths 24-12.
Full-Time: South Sydney 24 defeated Newtown 12.

Newtown Jets five-eighth Mawene Hiroti (in possession) made a confident return to the playing field on Saturday after being out for several weeks through injury. Photo: Mario Facchini / mafphotography

Mawene Hiroti was playing his first game since being injured against the New Zealand Warriors in Round One.

Jack Gibbons was making his NSW Cup debut for Newtown. (He had previously played with the Central Queensland Capras and the Sunshine Coast Falcons in the Queensland Cup competition).

Big Braden Hamlin-Uele is on the surge and looks to be proving to be a handful for the South Sydney halfback.
Photo: Mario Facchini / mafphotography

Braden Hamlin-Uele, the New Zealand and Samoan rugby league international, was playing in his first game for 2024.

Newtown’s next match details:
NSWRL Knock-On Effect NSW Cup
Round Seven
Saturday, 20th April 2024
Henson Park
Newtown v Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles
Kick-Off: 3.00pm
This match will be live-streamed on NSWRLTV.

Jets elusive fullback Kade Dykes has these two South Sydney defenders guessing. Photo: Mario Facchini / mafphotography
Newtown Jets defenders Sam Healey (left), Jordin Leiu (above) and Brad Fearnley (right) have this South Sydney player well covered.
Photo: Mario Facchini / mafphotography
Image: MAF Photography

Newtown Jets Team List v Penrith Panthers Sat 25th May, 2024

Newtown second-rower and team captain Billy Burns (in possession) was in top form as the Jets ran up a big win over the Newcastle Knights. Tom Rodwell (in the headgear) is in the background.
Photo: Mario Facchini, mafphotography

Jets in biggest win of the season as they run riot in the second half

Image: MAF Photography

Newtown Jets Team List v Newcastle Knights Sun 19th May 2024

Newtown Jets fullback Kade Dykes (in possession) was in superb form on Sunday, scoring three tries, including the winning try in the last ninety seconds of the game. Other Newtown players in the photo are (from the left) Sam Healey, Jackson Ferris and Khaled Rajab. Photo: Mario Facchini/mafphotography

Jets snatch victory in the last ninety seconds of the game

Image: MAF Photography

Newtown Jets Team List v Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles Sun 12th May 2024

Newtown Jets back-rower Billy Burns bursts through the Dragons defence on Saturday. Jets centre and goal-kicker Mawene Hiroti is at the left of the photo. Photo: Mario Facchini, mafphotography)

Second half points surge puts the Jets back in the winner’s circle

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