Henson Park, Marrickville

Big Jets front-rower Thomas Hazelton (above) worked very hard on Saturday to win the middle ground for Newtown. Photo: Mario Facchini/mafphotography
Big Jets front-rower Thomas Hazelton (above) worked very hard on Saturday to win the middle ground for Newtown. Photo: Mario Facchini/mafphotography

Panthers prove too strong for Newtown in top of table showdown

The Penrith Panthers proved why they are the favourites for the 2022 Knock-On Effect NSW Cup premiership title when they convincingly defeated the Newtown Jets by 26-6 at Henson Park on Saturday.

The match between the competition’s top two teams was played in front of a good attendance and in better weather conditions than had been predicted earlier in the week.

Such is the competitiveness of this year’s NSW Cup premiership quest, Newtown has slipped from first place to fourth place as a result of Saturday’s loss. The top half of the NSW Cup points table now reads in this sequence: Penrith (22 points), Canterbury (22), Norths (22), Newtown (21), Souths (20) and Canberra (20).

Jets backrower Myles Lee-Taueli (above) looks to crash through the Panthers defence on Saturday. Photo: Mario Facchini/mafphotography

The first half of Saturday’s match was a genuine contest, with Penrith the first to score through a converted try in the 11th minute. The Jets responded with a try to centre Kayal Iro (which was converted by Luke Metcalf), levelling the score at 6-all. Tries to the Panthers in the 39th minute and then in the 41st minute (both converted) made Newtown’s task very difficult.

Jets centre Kayal Iro (above) claims a try while a Panthers opponent protests vociferously. Kayal Iro has been chosen in the Cook Islands international rugby league team for next Saturday. Photo: Mario Facchini/mafphotography

Penrith added two further tries in the 49th and 72nd minutes for what was the Panthers final winning margin. Newtown threw plenty at the Penrith at their end of the field during the second half, but the Panthers renowned defensive discipline (as shown so regularly by their NRL team) kept their try-line intact throughout the entire second session.

Newtown’s loss in this match demonstrated the strength and organisation of the Panthers attack and defence. As aptly described on another website: “You could be mistaken for thinking you were watching Penrith’s first grade side with their line speed and their aggression in both attack and defence. Penrith’s tries on either side of half-time really set the foundation for the victory.”

The Jets fielded a surprise inclusion in 2019 finals hero Billy Magoulias, who has been released from the Warrington Super League club. Another new signing was the former Canterbury forward Kayne-Lee Kalache.

That cult hero from the 2019 NSW Cup finals series, Billy Magoulias, was back with Newtown on Saturday after a stint with Warrington in the UK Super League. Photo:Mario Facchini/mafphotography

Next weekend is a general bye for the NSW Cup competition, and Newtown’s next match in Round 16 will be against Canterbury-Bankstown at CommBank Stadium on Saturday, 2nd July at 12.40pm.

The Newtown RLFC would like to congratulate centre Kayal Iro, second-rower Reubenn Rennie and front-rower Vincent Rennie on their selection in the Cook Islands Rugby League national team to play Samoa in the Pacific Test at Campbelltown Sports Stadium next Saturday, 25th June, at 5.40pm.

NSWRL Knock-On Effect NSW Cup – 15th Round
Saturday, 18th June 2022
Henson Park
Newtown v Penrith
Kick-Off: 3.00pm.

Weather: Sunny, gathering cloud cover; 17 degrees; strong breeze.
Playing surface: Excellent grass cover.

Penrith 26:
Daeon Amituanai 2, Sean O’Sullivan, John Faiumu, Trent Toelau tries;
Sean O’Sullivan 3 conversions
Newtown 6:
Kayal Iro try; Luke Metcalf 1 conversion.
Half-Time: Penrith led 12-6.

Newtown’s team:
Lachlan Miller
Jonaiah Lualua, Jensen Taumoepeau
Addison Demetriou, Kayal Iro
Kade Dykes, Luke Metcalf
Billy Magoulias
Jesse Colquhoun, Myles-Lee Taueli
Franklin Pele, Thomas Hazelton
Jayden Berrell (Capt).
Interchange: Tyler Slade, Rhys Davies, Caleb Uele, Kayne-Lee Kalache.
18th man: Liam Harris.
Coach: Greg Matterson.

Penrith’s team:
Charlie Staines
Christian Crichton, Daeon Amituanai
Sunia Turuva, Robert Jennings
Trent Toelau, Sean O’Sullivan
J’Maine Hopgood
Preston Riki, Chris Smith
Lindsay Smith, Eddie Blacker
Luke Somerton.
Interchange: Connor Mason, Liam Henry, Alec Susino, John Faiumu.
18th man: Name not advised.
Coach: Peter Wallace.

Match timeline:
11th minute: Sean O’Sullivan try. 4-0.
12th minute: Sean O’Sullivan conversion; Penrith 6-0.
21st minute: Kayal Iro try. Penrith 6-4.
23rd minute: Luke Metcalf conversion. 6-all.
39th minute: John Faiumu try; Sean O’Sullivan conversion. 12-6.
Half-Time: Penrith 12-6.
41st minute: Trent Toelau try. 16-6.
43rd minute: Sean O’Sullivan conversion. Penrith 18-6.
49th minute: Daeon Amituanai try; not converted. Penrith 220=-6.
73rd minute: Daeon Amituanai try; not converted. Penrith 26-6.
79th minute: Sean O’Sullivan unsuccessful penalty goal attempt.
Full-Time: Penrith 26-6.

Courtesy of the NSWRL website, here are the highlights from Saturday’s Newtown v Penrith NSW Cup clash:

Newtown’s next match:
NSWRL Knock-On Effect NSW Cup – 16th round
Saturday, 2nd July 2022
CommBank Stadium (Parramatta)
Canterbury-Bankstown (2nd place) v Newtown (4th place)
Kick-Off: 12.40pm.

Image: MAF Photography

Newtown Jets Team List v Sea Eagles Sat 20th April, 2024

Jets front-rower Rhys Dakin charges into the Rabbitohs defence. Sam Healey (centre) and Niwhai Puru (right) are in the background. Photo: Mario Facchini / mafphotography

Jets pushed down the competition table by loss to Rabbitohs

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Dawn Singleton, Rest in Peace

RIP Bob Lanigan, 1943-2024. (Photo: NRL)

Vale Bob Lanigan

Image: MAF Photography

Newtown Jets Team List v South Sydney Rabbitohs Sat 13th April 2024

The Newtown Jets middle forward Max Bradbury heads straight into the furnace of the Canberra Raiders forwards' defence. Photo: Mario Facchini/mafphotography

Jets salvage a competition point with a determined display against strong opponents

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Newtown Jets respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the Land and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on and that the land area encompassing Henson Park traditionally belonged to the Gadigal people of the Eora nation.