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Long-serving Jets player Kurt Kara has really adapted well to playing at lock-forward and he was Newtown’s best against the New Zealand Warriors at Henson Park on Saturday. Photo: Gary Sutherland Photography
Long-serving Jets player Kurt Kara has really adapted well to playing at lock-forward and he was Newtown’s best against the New Zealand Warriors at Henson Park on Saturday. Photo: Gary Sutherland Photography

Jets spring an ambush on the Intrust Super Premiership competition leaders

Details from the ISP NSW 15th Round match between Newtown and the New Zealand Warriors, played at Henson Park on Saturday, 18th June 2016 by Glen ‘Bumper’ Dwyer.

The Newtown Jets turned on a most impressive first half display against the top of the table New Zealand Warriors, who were coming off a seven-match winning streak. The Jet led 24-6 at halftime and then shut the Warriors out of the game in the second half, adding two more tries late in the match to run up an imposing 38-6 winning margin.

Newtown remains in third place on the ISP NSW competition table behind Mounties and the Warriors, but the Jets now have the best points for and against in the competition.

The NSWRL ISP NSW competition table after 15 rounds is:

Here are the results of all the other 15th round matches:

Wests Tigers 14 d North Sydney 6; Penrith 44 d Newcastle Knights 6; Manly-Warringah 22 d Mounties 10; Illawarra Cutters 24 d Wentworthville 12; Canterbury-Bankstown and Wyong had byes.

Newtown’s next game details:

NSWRL ISP NSW – 16th Round

Saturday, 25th June 2016

St Marys Stadium

Penrith v Newtown

Kick-Off: 3.00pm.

Please also make note of the game details for Newtown’s postponed ISP NSW match against the Illawarra Cutters:

NSWRL ISP NSW – Rescheduled 13th Round match

Friday, 1st July 2016

Henson Park

Newtown v Illawarra Cutters

Kick-Off: 7.00pm.

Saturday’s game details:

Newtown 38:

Anthony Moraitis, Travis Robinson, Matt Evans, Malakai Houma, Kurt Capewell, Kenny Niko tries;

Fa’amanu Brown 5 conversions, 2 penalty goals


New Zealand Warriors 6:

Mason Lino try and conversion.

Half-Time: Newtown led 24-6.

Referee: Daniel Olford. Touch Judges: Benjamin Teague and Richard Daizli.

Playing surface: Very good.

Weather: Cloudy, mild, 19 degrees C. Had rained earlier in the morning.

Newtown’s team on Saturday was:

Mitch Brown, Travis Robinson, Jaline Graham, Matt Evans, Jacob Gagan, Josh Cleeland, Fa’amanu Brown, Kurt Kara, Anthony Moraitis, Kurt Capewell, Harrison Muller, Matt McIlwrick, Jesse Sene-Lefao.

Bench: Malakai Houma, Corin Smith, Kenny Niko, Tarek Elmasri.

Coach: Greg Matterson.

The New Zealand Warriors team was:

Henare Wells, Tomas Aoake, Matthew Allwood, Marata Niukore, Chales Nicoll-Klokstad, Mason Lino, Jeff Robson, Upu Poching, Ali Lauitiiti, Shaun Lane, James Gavet, Jazz Tevaga, Bunty Afoa.

Bench: Ofahiki Ogden, James Bell, Patrick Sibley, Viliami Kaukinga.

Coach: Stacey Jones.

Timeline and post-match comments:

Newtown to kick off and running to the Sydenham Road end of the ground (southern end).

Newtown’s short kick-off goes awry, penalty to the NZ Warriors.

Under early pressure from the Warriors but the Jets defence holds strong.

Penalty to Newtown 40 metres out from the NZW try-line.

Another penalty to Newtown 10 metres out from the Warriors try-line.

Anthony Moraitis shows great strength to power over despite the attention of several Warriors defenders

Try scored in the 6th minute

Converted by Fa’amanu (Nu) Brown. Newtown 6-0 after 7 minutes.

Warriors kick-off goes dead.

Penalty to Newtown on halfway.

Repeat set at NZW’s end – 10th minute

Nu Brown’s in-goal grubber kick causes a great scramble, but it is grounded for Newtown by Travis Robinson in the south-eastern corner

Converted from wide out by Nu Brown

Newtown leads 12-0 after 12 minutes

Jacob Gagan is off with a hamstring injury in the 15th min

Replaced by Corin Smith

Great break by Josh Cleeland inside his own half

As the defence converges on him he kicks infield

Matt Evans gathers and scores midway between the goal-posts and the south-western corner

Not converted

Newtown leads 16-0 after 17 mins

Kick-off knocked by Newtown

The Warriors reciprocate by knocking on in the next set

Penalty to Newtown midfield in the 20th min

Penalty to Warriors in the 22nd min

Another penalty to the Warriors (30 metres out from the Newtown try-line) but they knock on in the next set

Jets work the ball down to the southern end

Malakai Houma shows tremendous determination as he crashes over under the posts in the 26th min

Converted by Nu Brown

Newtown leads 22-0 after 27 mins

NZW turn the ball over virtually on their own line

Then the Warriors incur a penalty for lying on the tackled player

Nu Brown kicks the penalty goal

Newtown 24-0 after 30 mins

Newtown puts in a well-controlled set, ending with Nu Brown kicking into and finding touch in the NZW right-side corner (32nd min)

NZW knock-on on the halfway line (34th min)

Turnover by Newtown 30 metres out from the NZW line (35th min)

Warriors finally start to show some cohesion and Jets dropping off tackles

Mason Lino scores and converts his own try (38th min)

Halftime: Newtown leads 24-6.

Warriors have a very low completions rate and high error count

One of their trainers says it has been their worst half of football for the year

Jets coach Greg Matterson hammers the message into his players

Don’t let them back in, shut them down

No repeat of Newtown’s halftime lead in Auckland and then second half collapse

Second half:

Jets running to the northern end

Malakai Houma limping with a leg injury but seems to fight through it

NZW knock down a Newtown pass when the Jets looked dangerous on their left-side attack in the 45th min

Is the anticipated Warriors fightback going to materialise?

Jets defending resolutely

Newtown loses the ball in the 46th min

Then they’re forced into a goal-line drop-out in the 47th

NZW caught in possession on the last tackle in the 49th min

Jets fail to take advantage of good break by Josh Cleeland (50th min)

Jeff Robson’s kick into the Newtown in-goal is defused (51st min)

Another good line kick by Nu Brown in the 56th min

Harrison Muller off the field for a head-knock check

Great take of a high ball by Mitch Brown

Penalty to Newtown in 58th min

Penalty to Newtown in 59th min (lifting in a tackle on Kurt Capewell)

Penalty is 40 metres out from NZW line

Nu Brown kicks the penalty goal

Newtown now leads 26-6 with 20 mins to play

Harrison Muller allowed to resume playing

Warriors are getting choked out of the game by Jets relentless defence

Jets lose the ball 30 metres out from NZW line

The Warriors in turn lose the ball in the next set

Kenny Niko goes close to scoring in the 65th min

Penalty to NZW 30 metres out from Jets line

NZW held up over the Jets try-line (67th min)

Newtown up 8-4 in penalties after 69 mins

Warriors frustrated by Newtown’s tight defence

Cleeland cuts through, kicks ahead and Capewell snaps it up to score a spectacular try at the north-eastern end (72nd min)

Ipswich Jets combination from 2015 coming to the fore

Nu Brown converts the try, Newtown home at 32-6 in the 73rd min

A try-scoring opportunity comes to grief when Jaline Graham’s flick pass goes astray

NZW drop the ball in their half in 77th min

Warriors have completed better and made fewer errors in the second half

Unable to broach Jets determined second half defence

Hawkes Bay product Kenny Niko burst through several tackles to score in the 77th min

Converted by Nu Brown in 79th min

Full-Time: Newtown wins 38-6.

Greg Matterson at full-time:

Despite late withdrawals and injuries affecting the Newtown line-up, the Jets rose to the challenge today.

Warriors started badly and Newtown took their opportunities

Strangled them out of it in the second half

Great credit to you all

Penrith next Saturday

They are the competition’s big improvers and we must be ready for them

Greg Matterson’s later comments:

Warriors made a lot of errors in the first half

We took our chances and opened up a lead

In the second half we had to defend for extended periods

It was an outstanding second half effort where we defended our lead and shut them out of making any concerted comeback

We scored twice late in the game for an impressive win against the competition leaders

They were coming off a seven-game winning streak

Kurt Kara was the best Newtown player

He has adapted to playing at lock very well

Also favourably mentioned Jesse Sene-Lefao, Matt McIlwrick, Kurt Capewell, Anthony Moraitis, Nu Brown, Josh Cleeland, Mitch Brown

Special mention to all the Newtown part-timers who stepped up for this crunch game and took on the challenge with huge enthusiasm.

Match photos from Gary Sutherland

Steele Sports post-match interviews with: –

Jesse Sene-Lefao

Josh Cleeland

Warriors coach Stacey Jones praised Newtown’s performance and said his own team had paid the price for their errors. He jokingly pointed out that the Newtown Jets had eight former New Zealand players in their 17 at Henson Park for this game and that undoubtedly explained their good form!

Newtown Jets Director and financial mainstay Terry Rowney said that this year the mix of Cronulla NRL full-timers and Jets part-timers is working particularly well. The part-timers had all stood up today and really got stuck in. He was very impressed with the enthusiasm and skills of the two boys from the 2015 Ipswich Jets National Second-Tier Championship team, Josh Cleeland and Kurt Capewell, who have contributed a lot to Newtown’s wins and place on the table. Now we have to get ready for the new emerging challenges from the likes of the Panthers and the Cutters.




Image: MAF Photography

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Image: MAF Photography

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