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Newtown Jets centre Aaron Gray is pictured in full flight against the Canterbury Bulldogs at Belmore Sports Ground. Photo: Mario Facchini (MAF Photography)
Newtown Jets centre Aaron Gray is pictured in full flight against the Canterbury Bulldogs at Belmore Sports Ground. Photo: Mario Facchini (MAF Photography)

Jets turn on a thriller for the big live television audience

The Newtown Jets have staged a breathtaking fightback at Belmore Sports Ground this afternoon (Saturday, 21st April), defeating the fourth-placed Canterbury-Bankstown 22-20 after having trailed 20-0 early in the second half.

To top off the significance of this achievement, the match was televised live on Channel Nine with both commentators Joel Caine and Jamie Soward (who played with the Jets in 2006 and 2007) lavishing praise on Newtown’s comeback and the quality of play displayed by this young team.

Strongly-built centre Aaron Gray scored the winning try for the Jets in the 79th minute, but it was Newtown’s youthful spine of fullback Will Kennedy, five-eighth Jack A. Williams, halfback Kyle Flanagan and hooker Blayke Brailey who were the real standouts in this memorable victory. Brailey was named as man of the match by the Channel Nine commentators, and this young fellow continues to maintain a tremendous run of form.

Today’s match details:

NSWRL Intrust Super Premiership NSW – Round 7

Saturday, 21st April 2018

Belmore Sports Ground

Canterbury-Bankstown v Newtown

Kick-Off: 1.00pm

Television: Live on Channel Nine

Radio: Broadcast live by Steele Sports

Newtown 22:

Aaron Gray 2, Briton Nikora, Will Kennedy tries;

Kyle Flanagan 3 conversions from 4 attempts

defeated

Canterbury-Bankstown 20:

Matt Frawley, Lachlan Lewis, Fa’amanu Brown tries;

Rhyse Martin 3 conversions and one penalty goal.

Half-Time: Canterbury led 14-0.

Referee: David Reynolds.

Assistant Referee: Tim Roby.

Touch Judges: Adam Reid and John Woods.

Playing surface: Excellent.

Weather: Cloudy, mild, 23 degrees.

Newtown’s team was:

Will Kennedy, Matt Evans, Aaron Gray, Reubenn Rennie, Sione Katoa, Jack A. Williams, Kyle Flanagan, Daniel Vasquez, Blayke Brailey, Wes Lolo, Briton Nikora, Anthony Moraitis (Capt), Jack D. Williams.

Interchange: Jaimin Jolliffe, Bessie Aufaga-Toomaga, Billy Magoulias, Ryan King. (18th man: Lachlan Stein)

Coach: Greg Matterson.

Canterbury-Bankstown:

Mason Cerrutto, Joshua Bergamin, Lachlan Lewis, John Oliver, Reimis Smith, Joshua Cleeland, Matt Frawley, Francis Tualau, Fa’amanu Brown, Renouf To’omaga, Jayden Okunbor, Rhyse Martin (Capt), Ofahiki Ogden.

Interchange: Lachlan Burr, Jack Nelson, D’Rhys Miller, Bronson Garlick.

Coach: Steve Georgallis.

Newtown’s Ron Massey Cup partnership club, the Glebe-Burwood Wolves, ran up a huge 58-10 win over Western Suburbs at Campbelltown Stadium on Saturday.

Newtown’s next match details:

NSWRL Intrust Super Premiership NSW – Round 8

Saturday, 28th April 2018

North Harbour Stadium, Auckland

New Zealand Warriors v Newtown

Kick-Off: 11.00 am (AEST)

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