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It might be a case of find the ball at Belmore Sports Ground on Friday night, but Josh Cleeland has scored for the Newtown Jets against the Canterbury Bulldogs. Photo: Mario Facchini Photography.
It might be a case of find the ball at Belmore Sports Ground on Friday night, but Josh Cleeland has scored for the Newtown Jets against the Canterbury Bulldogs. Photo: Mario Facchini Photography.

Jets show great determination in winning away from home after conceding a big lead

Details from the ISP NSW 6th round match between Canterbury-Bankstown and Newtown, played at Belmore Sports Ground on Friday, 8th April 2016.

NSWRL Intrust Super Premiership NSW – Sixth Round; Friday, 8th April 2016; Belmore Sports Ground; Canterbury-Bankstown v Newtown; Kick-Off: 7.30pm.

Referee: Ryan Jackson. Touch Judges: Fevas Karem and Mathew Damaso.

Playing surface: In excellent shape.

Weather: 19 degrees C, light showers had fallen, no breeze.

Newtown 28:

Josh Cleeland 2, Jacob Gagan 2, Fa’amanu Brown tries; Fa’amanu Brown 3, Kurt Capewell goals


Canterbury-Bankstown 22:

Tyrone Phillips 2, Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Bronson Garlick tries; Brad Abbey 3 goals.

Half-Time: Canterbury-Bankstown led 18-4.

Newtown’s team was:

Arana Taumata, Mitch Brown (Capt), Travis Robinson, Matt Evans, Jacob Gagan, Josh Cleland, Fa’amanu Brown, Jason Schirnack, Kurt Capewell, Anthony Moraitis, Junior Roqica, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Matt McIlwrick. Bench: Kurt Kara, Kurt Dillon, Malakai Houma, Jaline Graham. Coach: Greg Matterson.

(Jordan Drew and David Fifita had been late withdrawals from the Newtown Jets team).

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs team was:

Brad Abbey, Reimis Smith, Tyrone Phillips, Reubenn Rennie, Jarrod McInally, Lindon McGrady, Dane Chisholm, Pat O’Hanlon (Capt), Lamar Liolevave, Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Lloyd Perrett, Ray Moujalli, Craig Garvey. Bench: Bronson Garlick, Makahesi Makatoa, Renouf To’omaga, Graham Clark. Coach: Andrew Patmore.

Mario Facchini took these photos on Friday night:

This match report from Matt Buxton is on the NSWRL website:

And this report on the Jets-Bulldogs ISP NSW match is on the Cronulla Sharks website:

The Bulldogs-Jets match timeline:

(This timeline of Friday’s game can be cross-referenced to

Bulldogs kicked off, running to the railway line (northern end)

3rd min: Bulldogs score from a grubber kick into the in-goal. Tyrone Phillips the try-scorer, converted by Brad Abbey. Bulldogs 6-0.

Josh Cleeland gets across the line in the 8th minute but can’t ground the ball.

Bulldogs get a penalty almost immediately to relieve the pressure.

Bulldogs willing to run the ball on the last tackle. They are putting on some big hits and look like they are fired up, looking for their first win.

Bulldogs lose the ball in the 11th minute.

13th min: Bulldogs concede a penalty 5 metres out from their own line.

Jets forward pass close to CB try-line in 14th min.

This game is a great opportunity for Jaline Graham and Jason Schirnack to perform well against their former CB team-mates.

Jets go very close in 17th min with Josh Cleeland’s excellent kick into the right-hand southern corner unable to be gathered in by the fast-chasing Jacob Gagan.

Bulldogs get a penalty at Newtown’s end in the 18th min.

Bulldogs make easy metres in the ensuing set and new signing Raymond Faitala-Mariner scores in the 19th minute.

Brad Abbey converts. Bulldogs 12-0 after 20 mins.

A bad period of the game for the Henson Park lads. Bulldogs score their third try when Bronson Garlick barges over under the posts in the 21st min.

Try converted by Brad Abbey and the Dogs lead 18-0 after 22 mins.

Bulldogs looking confident, well-drilled, motivated and in command.

A midfield penalty to Jets in the 32nd min.

Jets forwards need to take note of their opponents’ straight and hard running.

A better set by the Jets in the 33rd min nearly ends in a try (Josh Cleeland narrowly misses grounding his own grubber kick into the in-goal).

Malakai Houma and Kurt Capewell looking effective in carrying the ball forward for the Jets in the 35th min.

Bulldogs overall looked to be winning the midfield wrestle and slowing Newtown’s play the ball speed down, giving the Dogs a decisive advantage

Dogs look to be using every trick in the book to slow down the PTB’s and their opponents’ momentum

Bulldogs coach Andrew Patmore has obviously forensically examined the DVD’s of Newtown’s earlier games

Josh Cleeland scores in the last 30 seconds of the first half. His try isn’t converted.

A valuable morale boost to Newtown on the stroke of the half-time break

Half-Time: Canterbury-Bankstown 18 leads Newtown 4.

Coach Matterson gets a strong message across to the Newtown boys in the dressing-room at half-time. They are playing well below their capabilities – they had not been sharp in their last training session and they carried that mindset into the first half of this match.

Jacob Gagan scores from a high kick into the right-side northern corner and Fa’amanu Brown converts from the sideline. Bulldogs lead 18-10 after 44 mins.

A penalty to the Jets 40 m out from the CB try-line in the 45th min helps keep the pressure on the Dogs.

Fa’amanu Brown sneaks a dummy-half try in the 47th min which he converts. It’s CB 18-16 after 48 mins.

Jets receive a penalty 40 m out from their own line in 51st min

53rd min: Lucky break for Jets. Bulldogs knock on what had been an ineffectual short kick by Jets.

Bulldogs defend a critical set on their own line in the 55th min

Dogs put on a quality piece of ball play he ball goes to ground in the 56th min

Another penalty to the Jets on the halfway line in the 57th min

Long cut-out pass by Jaline Graham sends Jacob Gagan in to score in the 58th min in the right-side northern corner

Converted again from the sideline by Fa’amanu Brown, Newtown now leads 22-18 after 59 mins

Bulldogs mount a creative attack up their right-hand side but the Jets hold solid in the 62nd min

Penalty to Newtown 10 m out from the Bulldogs line (63rd min)

Fortunate call to Newtown in 65th min gave the Jets a scrum-feed 10m out from the Bulldogs line – but they turn it over in the next set!

Strong running by the Bulldogs and they get a relieving penalty in the 67th min

Contentious call to the Bulldogs in the 68th min – Newtown forced to a goal-line drop-out instead of a 20 metres restart

Penalty to the Bulldogs in the 68th min at Newtown’s end.

Canterbury is playing for the game and are pushing their passes

70th min – Jaline Graham kicks deep and finds the line in the Dogs north-western corner

72nd min – A desperate all-out attacking effort by the Bulldogs ends with the ball being kicked dead

74th min – Newtown scrum-feed at Bulldogs end. Cleeland breaks through to score to the right of the posts.

Kurt Capewell converts the try and the Jets look safe at 28-18 in the 76th min.

Bulldogs win the short kick-off but Jets defuse a CB short kick close to the Newtown try-line (77th min)

Bulldogs Tyrone Phillips breaks away to score in the right-side southern corner in the 79th min.

Try not converted. Newtown leads 28-22.

Jets kick off with 20 seconds on the clock and manage to confine the Bulldogs at their end.

Full-time: Newtown 28 defeated Canterbury-Bankstown 22.

Coach Matterson praises the team for their fight-back – they scored 28 unanswered points between the 39th and 76th minutes. Kurt Dillon, Malakai Houma and Josh Cleeland receive special mentions.

Newtown had turned up for this game not switched on and the Bulldogs were very much in the right state of mind to spring an upset.

Newtown’s next game details:

NSWRL ISP NSW – 7th Round; Saturday, 16th April 2016; WIN Stadium, Wollongong; Illawarra Cutters v Newtown; Kick-Off: 3.00pm.

Other ISP NSW results from the ISP NSW 6th round played this weekend:

Mounties 24 d Wentworthville 16; Illawarra Cutters 31 d Wests Tigers 18; Manly-Warringah 40 d Wyong 30; Penrith 28 d Newcastle Knights 16; New Zealand Warriors 30 d North Sydney 12.

The Newtown Jets are now in second place on the Intrust Super Premiership NSW competition table:


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