The Jets are ready for what is always a tough assignment across the Tasman
The Newtown Jets travel to Auckland this weekend for their annual away match to the New Zealand Warriors. The Jets won a thriller against the Canterbury Bulldogs last Saturday in a match that was covered live by Channel 9. The Warriors had a strong 37-24 win against St George-Illawarra and will be looking to make the most of their home city advantage. The Warriors and the Jets are both on eight competition points and they have both won four games and lost three. They are only separated by their respective points for and against tallies.
This match is to be played at a venue rarely used for rugby league – QBE Stadium (formerly known as North Harbour Stadium), located in Albany on the northern side of Auckland:
NSWRL Intrust Super Premiership NSW – 8th Round
Saturday, 28th April 2018
New Zealand Warriors (7th place, 8 points) v Newtown (3rd place, 8 points)
QBE Stadium, Albany
Kick-Off: 1.00pm (NZT), 11.00am (AEST)
Newtown’s team (as at Thursday, 26th April):
Will Kennedy, Sosaia Feki, Aaron Gray, Reubenn Rennie, Sione Katoa, Jack A. Williams, Kyle Flanagan, Daniel Vasquez, Blayke Brailey, Wesley Lolo, Briton Nikora, Anthony Moraitis, Billy Magoulias.
Interchange: Jaimin Jolliffe, Matt Evans, Ryan King, Malakai Houma, Benjamin Marschke.
Coach: Greg Matterson.
New Zealand Warriors:
Hayze Perham, Zac Santo, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Cole Waaka, Lewis Soosemea, Chanel Harris-Tavita, Sam Cook, Ligi Sao, Karl Lawton, Chris Satae, Matiu Love-Henry, King Vuniyayawa, James Bell (Capt).
Interchange: Manaia Cherrington, Sione Afemui, Patrick Sipley, James Gavet, Johnny Tuivasa-Sheck.
Coach: John Teina.
Referee: Drew Oultram
Touch Judges: James Vella and Rochelle Tamarua.
Sosaia Feki makes his debut for Newtown after coming back from injury. He was a member of the Cronulla Sharks 2016 NRL premiership winning team and was the Sharks leading try-scorer in 2017:
Malakai Houma makes a popular return to the Newtown Jets ISP NSW squad after suffering a serious leg injury early in the 2017 season. Welcome back Malakai!
Ben Marschke has won selection in the Jets ISP NSW squad this weekend. He has previously played with the Sydney Roosters NYC team.
It is the first free to air TV game at Henson Park since 1987 and the first featuring the Newtown Jets since 1982.
Make sure that you, your family and friends all get to Henson Park on Saturday, 5th May to be part of this historic event:
Be sure to check out this first class video promo: https://www.facebook.com/newtownrlfc/videos/1051572528333669/
Please take note that this Jets-Bears match on Saturday, 5th May will commence at 1.00pm.
There was no winning entry to the last Newtown Jets quiz, although several people went close.
The questions were – name Newtown’s biggest ever win in a rugby league competition game in any grade since 1908, what competition the win was achieved in, and who was the opposing team?
The answers were: Newtown defeated St Marys 78-12 in the 13th round of the 1996 NSWRL Metropolitan Cup first grade competition. The match was played at the Kingsway Oval, St Marys. The Jets scored 14 tries and kicked 11 goals.
The Glebe-Burwood Ron Massey Cup team plays St Marys in that competition’s 4th round at Goddard Park, Concord on Saturday, 28th April at 2.00pm.
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.