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Jets move into fourth place after win over Vulcans

They might have started rather unconvincingly but the Newtown Jets took the points against the Auckland Vulcans at Henson Park on Saturday.
Jets move into fourth place after win over Vulcans

They might have started rather unconvincingly but the Newtown Jets took the points against the Auckland Vulcans at Henson Park on Saturday. The Jets won by 40-26 after leading 16-14 at half-time, and after being 14-0 down after 25 minutes. The win has moved Newtown into fourth place on the VB NSW Cup competition table.

The Vulcans have had a good record against Newtown both at Henson Park and across the Tasman and started this match at full throttle, despite coming off three weeks without a game. The Aucklanders dominated the first quarter of the game and had enjoyed about 70% of possession after twenty minutes. They made good use of the ball in this time and put on three tries to lead 14-0. The expected Jets fightback came in the ten minutes leading into half-time. Halfback Ryley Jacks was first to score when he dummied his way through the Vulcans defence, and team captain Kurt Kara scored an amazing individual try when he kicked ahead and took full advantage of a fortuitous bounce in the in-goal area. Centre Adam Henry scored a minute before half-time after in-form fullback Henare Wells made the initial break.

Newtown coach Greg Matterson impressed on his players at the half-time break that this was a winnable game if they completed their sets and played the game in the Vulcans territory. The Aucklanders were the first to score when they posted a converted try five minutes into the second half to regain the lead by 16-14. The Jets took control of the game with four tries in a fifteen-minute period midway through the second half. Former Warrior Nafe Seluini scored after he scooped up a kick by Ryley Jacks and Henare Wells added to his season’s tally after excellent lead-up work by Dylan Napa and Ben Jones.

Adam Henry and Ryley Jacks each scored their second tries for the day as Newtown drew away to a commanding 36-20 lead. An attempt at a short goal-line drop-out by the Vulcans went awry as Jets centre Yileen “Buddy” Gordon caught the ball and ploughed his way past several defenders to clock up Newtown’s 40 points. The Vulcans turned on some of their renowned razzle-dazzle football and completed the day’s scoring with a converted try in the 79th minute.

The Jets coaching staff praised the Newtown players for holding their nerve after trailing by 14-0 after 25 minutes, and for coming from behind against the giant-killers who had ended Cronulla’s unbeaten run some weeks ago. The salvo of tries leading into half-time showed confidence by the Jets players in their team-mates and no shortage of playing skills. All of the Newtown forwards had worked hard for this win and showed plenty of application in defence. Dylan Napa, Andrew Pearn, Kurt Kara and Nafe Seluini were the best of the forwards. Both of the halves, Ryley Jacks and Ben Jones, played well along with Henare Wells and winger Pierce Sapsford.

The Jets travel to north-western Sydney for another of the VB NSW Cup season’s more gruelling away match assignments, taking on the Windsor Wolves on a mid-winter’s Saturday evening. This 20th round match is on Saturday, 27th July, at 6.00pm at the Windsor Sports Complex and will be broadcast live on Hawkesbury FM Radio.

NSWRL VB NSW Cup 19th Round
Saturday, 20th July 2013
Henson Park
Newtown Jets v Auckland Vulcans
Kick-Off: 3.00pm

Newtown Jets 40
Tries: Ryley Jacks 2, Adam Henry 2, Kurt Kara, Nafe Seluini, Henare Wells, Buddy Gordon
Goals: Paul Rokolati
Team: 1 Henare Wells, 2 Paul Rokolati, 3 Yileen "Buddy" Gordon, 4 Adam Henry, 16 Pierce Sapsford, 6 Ben Jones, 7 Ryley Jacks, 8 Ray Moujalli, 9 Kurt Kara (Capt), 14 Andrew Pearn, 11 Dylan Napa, 21 Ryan Verlinden, 13 Josh Ailaomai. Interchange: 5 Chris Taripo, 10 Khalid Deeb, 17 Saulala Houma, 18 Nafe Seluini. Coach: Greg Matterson.

Auckland Vulcans 26
Tries: Tangi Ropati 2, Siosiua Taukeiaho, Siliva Hauvili, Ngani Laumape
Goals: Ngani Laumape 2, Siosiua Taukeiaho
Team: David Fusitua, Tangi Ropati, Siosiua Taukeiaho, Ngani Laumape, Atelea Nafetalai, Carlos Tuimavave, Pita Godinet, Daniel Palavi, Alehana Mara, Sebasine Ikihaahifo, John Palavi (Capt), Sam Louisi, David Bhana. Interchange: Albert Vete, Saliva Havili, Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Nathaniel Peteru. Coach: Willie Swann.

Half-Time: Newtown led 16-14
Referee: Liam Nicholls
Touch Judges: Richard Daizli and Stephen Ellison
Playing surface: Very good. Weather: Fine, cloudy, 17 degrees

Timeline of yesterday's match at Henson Park:

7th minute: Tangi Ropati try, not converted. Auckland Vulcans 4-0. 16th minute: Tangi Ropati try, converted by Siosiua Taukeiaho. Auckland Vulcans 10-0. 25th minute: Siosiua Taukeiaho try, conversion attempt hit the upright and bounced away. Auckland Vulcans 14-0. 34th minute: Ryley Jacks try, converted by Paul Rokolati. Auckland Vulcans 14-6. 37th minute: Kurt Kara try, converted by Paul Rokolati. Auckland Vulcans 14-12. 39th minute: Adam Henry try, not converted. Newtown 16-14.

Half-Time: Newtown led 16-14.

45th minute: Siliva Hauvili try, converted by Ngani Laumape. Auckland Vulcans 20-16. 49th minute: Nafe Seluini try, converted by Paul Rokolati. Newtown 22-20. 52nd minute: Henare Wells try, not converted. Newtown 26-20. 55th minute: Adam Henry try, converted by Paul Rokolati. Newtown 32-20. 62nd minute: Ryley Jacks try, Paul Rokolati's conversion attempt hit the upright and bounced away. Newtown 36-20. 73rd minute: Yileen "Buddy" Gordon try, Paul Rokolati's conversion attempt hit the upright and bounced away. Newtown 40-20. 79th minute: Ngani Laumape try and conversion. Newtown 40-26.

Full-Time: Newtown 40 defeated Auckland Vulcans 26.

Newtown's next match:

NSWRL VB NSW Cup 20th Round
Saturday, 27th July 2013
Windsor Sports Complex
Windsor Wolves v Newtown Jets
Kick-Off: 6.00pm

Results of last weekend's other VB NSW Cup matches:

Cronulla Sharks 16 drew with Illawarra Cutters 16 (at Henson Park); Mounties 28 defeated Newcastle Knights 16; Canterbury-Bankstown 32 defeated Windsor Wolves 30; Wests Tigers 30 defeated Wyong 18; North Sydney bye; Wentworthville and Manly-Warringah had played last weekend.


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