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The powerfully-built Josh Davis goes in for the first of his two tries against Mounties at Allianz Stadium last Saturday. Photo: Gary Sutherland Photography.
The powerfully-built Josh Davis goes in for the first of his two tries against Mounties at Allianz Stadium last Saturday. Photo: Gary Sutherland Photography.

Virtual Season 2020 Rd4 – Jets seize the day at Allianz

Report on the Round 12 NSWRL VB NSW Cup match between Newtown and Mounties, played at Allianz Stadium on Saturday, 31st May 2014 replayed last Saturday at 3pm on JETS TV. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wkdylmq77uA

The Newtown Jets made best use of the big stage at Allianz Stadium last Saturday, as well as being on live television across Australia and New Zealand. The Jets defeated third-placed Mounties by 36-18 after having trailed 18-4 midway through the first half. Newtown’s second half performance was notable for scoring five tries to nil, keeping their opponents scoreless and registering a high completion rate.

Newtown made an unconvincing start with a string of errors that resulted in a somewhat controversial 5th minute try to Mounties. The Jets responded ten minutes later when five-eighth Kurt Kara fired out a long pass to winger Josh Davis, who powered his way past three defenders for a determined try. The situation deteriorated for Newtown when the Mounties scored two tries in rapid succession midway through the first half to lead 18-4. A kick charge-down and regather by Brad Barrett led to the Jets backrower David Harris putting in a short kick near Mounties line and then regaining the ball to score. Centre Tautau Moga showed poise and strength as he shrugged off Mounties backline defenders to score wide out in the 38th minute. The Jets went in to the halftime break trailing by 18-14 but with the momentum of the game trending their way.

Errors by Mounties early in the second half gave Newtown some extended possession and favourable field position. Centre Matt Evans did very well to score in the northern left-side corner after the ball had travelled to him quickly through several pairs of hands. The Jets then survived some hair-raising moments when a Mounties high kick went uncontested at Newtown’s end, and also when Newtown turned over possession 25 metres from their own line.

The Jets took the lead for the first time at the 57th minute mark when winger Brett Lane finished another well-constructed and executed passing movement. Five minutes later Arana Taumata put through a well-flighted kick into the Mounties in-goal which was seized upon by Evans for his second try. Fullback Jonathon Reuben made it the fourth Jets try in the second half through the Mounties right-side defence to give Newtown a 30-18 lead with nine minutes left to play.

Newtown’s goal-kickers had little luck on the day with only one try out of eight being converted, but Arana Taumata kicked a penalty goal in the 75th minute to give the Jets a greater than two converted tries lead. Kurt Kara and Tautau Moga combined  well in the last minute of the game to send Josh Davis in for his second try, one that sent the Fox Sports commentators into raptures.

The Jets coaching staff gave special credit to an excellent second half performance by all the forwards, who rolled down the middle and gave the Newtown backs the field position that repeatedly brought dividends. Head coach Greg Matterson noted that the Jets forwards have a good mixture of youth and experience and most importantly, size and controlled aggression. David Harris had an outstanding match, and others to get special mention were Heath L’Estrange, Kurt Kara, Matt Evans and Josh Davis. Newtown clocked up an 85% completion rate in the second half and with a 6-1 penalty count in their favour had the type of stats count that wins big occasion matches. It was very gratifying for the coaching staff and supporters for the team to perform so well at Allianz Stadium and in front of a large television audience.

Newtown’s long march to defending their Canterbury Cup NSW & NRL State Championshp crowns continues (virtually) when the Jets take on the North Sydney Bears next Saturday at 3.00pm on JETS TV. We want you to follow our social media team on Twitter and join in!

Newtown’s team:

Many thanks to our Player Sponsors listed in brackets.

1          Jonathon Reuben (Manoosh Pizzeria)

2          Brett Lane (Golden Barley Hotel)

3          Josh Davis (Charles Bailey Urbane Property Inner West)

4          Matt Evans (Mark Dewar)

5          Tautau Moga (Golden Barley Hotel)

6          Kurt Kara (Adam Whyte)

7          Arana Taumata (Select Music)

8          Willis Meehan (SMI – Sports Medicine Institute)

9          Heath L’Estrange (Brasco & Label Plus)

10        Ryan Verlinden (Wayne Leong & Kim Fuller)

20        Brad Barrett (Dave Nelson)

12        David Harris (Steven Helmich)

13        Kane Evans (Loudon & Vaughan Private Wealth)

Interchange:                        

14        Andrew Pearn (Nifty Foods)

16        Jack Noble (The Daaboul Family)           

17        Saulala Houma (Goodfellows Sports & Socks)

21        Ray Moujalli (John Cahill & Jennifer Malone)

Omitted:

11        Samisoni Langi (Biofreeze & Kris Gale)

Coach: Greg Matterson (Crust Pizza Dulwich Hill)

This week’s nostalgia team from the dim and distant past is the Newtown Jets line-up that played in the club’s first competition game in the NSWRL First Division. This match was played against St George-Illawarra at Redfern Oval on Saturday, 4th March 2000. The team was as follows:-
Back row, standing left to right: Tere Glassie, Adam Bennett (obscured), Jason Bell (obscured), Phil Howlett, Peter Howie, Odell Manuel, Clinton Toopi, Paul Carige, David Myers, Wairangi Koopu, Terry Hermansson.
In front, left to right: Brad Westaway, David Howlett, Clinton McAulliffe, Luke Wardle, Luke Goodwin (Capt), Tony Catton, Jared Mills, Joey Bishop, Daniel Cross, Luke Ellis.
The team was coached by Colin Murphy. Photo supplied by the Newtown RLFC.

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Newtown Jets Virtual Team List v NZ Warriors Wed 3rd June, 2020

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Let’s Keep The Jets Flying!

This little girl’s name is Lily, and she is the proud holder of the Newtown Jets 2020 membership number, 1190. Lily’s family has been staunchly associated with the glorious Newtown RLFC cause for several generations. Lily, thank you very much for your help in the quest to Keep the Jets Flying in 2020 and beyond! 
Photo: This photo was provided by and its use approved by Lily’s parents, Nick and Anita.

You’re never too young (or too old) to help Keep the Jets Flying!

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Flashback Friday – Newtown v Norths 1976 Brawl

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Members Badge Draw Thursday 28th May 2020

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Schofield King Lawyers
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Coverforce
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The Henson
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Sydney Park Hotel
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Sports Medicine Institute
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