Newtown’s team for the opening round of the 2018 Intrust Super Premiership NSW is still a work in progress
Jets coach Greg Matterson was pleased with Saturday’s 22-18 trial match win against Western Suburbs at Campbelltown Stadium, but with more than twenty-five players to be under consideration the exact shape of the Newtown team for the ISP NSW first round is still unknown.
The Magpies took an early 12-0 lead on Saturday, but the Jets scored three tries in the last ten minutes of the first half to lead 16-12 at the break.
Newtown increased their lead to 22-12 early in the second half and then had to withstand a late fightback by the Magpies.
Briton Nikora 2, Scott Sorenson, William Kennedy tries;
Jesse Marschke 3 goals
Western Suburbs 18:
Watson Heleta, JJ Felise, Harry O’Toole tries;
Tuimoala Lolohea 3 goals.
Half-Time: Newtown led 16-12.
Kick-off time was 4.45pm.
Campbelltown Stadium playing surface: Excellent.
Weather: 33 degrees Celsius, 50% humidity, light north-easterly breeze.
William Kennedy, Latrell Robinson, Jesse Ramien, Reubenn Rennie, Joshua Tuilagi, Jack Williams, Jesse Marschke, Eddie Faalua, Blayke Brailey, Cruz Topai-Aveai, Scott Sorenson, Briton Nikora, Jack Williams.
Interchange: Jayden McDonogh, Anthony Moraitis, Lachlan Stein, Billy Magoulias, Malakai Houma, Penani Manumalealii, Matt Evans, Brock Ilett, Wes Lolo, Jordan Bowles, Daniel Vasquez, Ryan King, Ben Marschke.
Coach: Greg Matterson.
(NB: Five-eighth Jack Williams is a product of the Cronulla-Sutherland juniors system and Sharks NYC; lock forward Jack Williams is a product of the Cooma RLFC and Canberra Raiders NYC).
Tuimoala Lolohea, Watson Heleta, Tony Tali, Lucas Price, Mahe Fonua, Tyson Gamble, Josh Drinkwater, JJ Felise, Braden Robson, Cowen Epere, Chris McQueen, Sam McIntyre, Bayley Sironen.
Interchange: Thomas Mikaele, Joseph Ratuvakacereivalu, Patrice Siolo, Jye Challenor, Harry O’Toole, Heath Gibbs, Liam Pakau, Kane McQuiggin, Jake Scott.
Coach: Brett Hodgson.
Match statistics: –
Completions: Newtown 66%; Western Suburbs 67%.
Possession: Newtown 50%; Western Suburbs 50%.
Penalties: Western Suburbs 7, Newtown 6.
The full draw for the 2018 ISP NSW competition is available on this link: https://www.nswrl.com.au/siteassets/documents/2018-isp-draw-master-12.2.18.pdf