Josh Dugan of the Newtown Jets during the Round 14 NSW Cup match between the Newtown Jets and Penrith Panthers Henson Park in Marrickville, NSW. (Mario Facchini/mafphotography)
Photo: Mario Facchini/mafphotography
Josh Dugan of the Newtown Jets during the Round 14 NSW Cup match between the Newtown Jets and Penrith Panthers Henson Park in Marrickville, NSW. (Mario Facchini/mafphotography) Photo: Mario Facchini/mafphotography

Jets Well Beaten by Systematic Panthers

The Penrith Panthers have defeated the Newtown Jets 32-16 in the NSWRL Knock-On Effect (KOE) NSW Cup 14th round match played at Henson Park on Saturday, 12th June.

The Panthers showed the depth they have in their senior rugby league ranks, as well as the impressive systems they have in place in their NRL and KOE NSW Cup teams in both attack and defence.

Penrith led 18-4 at halftime in this match, and withstood a fightback by the Jets early in the second half when winger Nene Macdonald dived in at the northern left-side corner and halfback Chad Townsend converted from the sideline.

The Panthers pulled away with three more tries and one conversion to extend their lead out to 32-10.

Jets five-eighth Luke Metcalf stepped his way past several Panthers defenders to score near the posts and Townsend’s 79th minute conversion made the full-time score 32-16 in Penrith’s favour.


Match details:

NSWRL KOE NSW Cup – 14th Round

Saturday, 12th June 2021

Henson Park

Newtown (8th place, 13 points) v Penrith (1st place, 24 points) (These details were valid prior to the result the game)

Kick-Off was at 3.00pm.


Penrith 32 (Ratu Luke Nadurutalo 3, Brendan Hands 2, Spencer Leniu tries; Kurt Falls 4 goals) defeated Newtown 16 (Franklin Pele, Nene Macdonald, Luke Metcalf tries; Chad Townsend 2 goals)

Half-Time: Penrith led 18-4.

Referee: Keiren Irons

Sideline Officials: Ben Teague, Rickey McFarlane.

Playing surface: very good.

Weather: 18 degrees, sunny, humidity 35%, NW breeze 15 km/phr.


Newtown’s team:

Dylan O’Connor, Sione Katoa, Josh Dugan, Mawene Hiroti, Nene Macdonald, Luke Metcalf, Chad Townsend, Billy Magoulias, Teig Wilton, Bronson Garlick, Brock Gray, Kyle Paterson, Daniel Vasquez.

Interchange: Monty Raper, Zac Woolford, Tom Caughlan, Franklin Pele.

Reserve: Ryan Verlinden.

Coach: Greg Matterson.


Penrith’s team:

Brent Naden, Ratu Nadurutalo, Tom Jenkins, Sunia Turuva, Taylan May, Jaeman Salmon, Kurt Falls, Lindsay Smith, John Faiumu, Arthur Crichton, Spencer Leniu, Brendan Hands, Eddie Blacker.

Interchange: Billy Tsikrikas, Soni Luke, Alec Susino, Vito Tevaga.

Reserve: Mav Geyer.

Coaches: Peter Wallace and Brad Drew,


Match timeline:
6th minute: Brendan Hands try, Kurt Falls conversion. Penrith 6-0.

16th minute: Brendan Hands try, Kurt Falls conversion. Penrith 12-0.

22nd minute: Franklin Pele try, not converted. Penrith 12-4.

31st minute: Ratu Luke Nadurutalo try, Kurt Falls conversion. Penrith 18-4.

Half-Time: Penrith led 18-4.

44th minute: Nene Macdonald try, converted by Chad Townsend. Penrith 18-10.

54th minute: Ratu Luke Nadurutalo try, not converted. Penrith 22-10.

60th minute: Ratu Luke Nadurutalo try, not converted. Penrith 26-10.

73rd minute: Spencer Leniu try, Kurt Falls conversion. Penrith 32-10.

79th minute: Luke Metcalf try, converted by Chad Townsend. Penrith 32-16.

Full-Time: Penrith won by 32-16.


Newtown’s next game details:
NSWRL KOE NSW Cup – 15th Round

Saturday, 19th June 2021

Henson Park

Newtown v Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles

Kick-Off: 3.00pm.

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