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Jets supersonic 1st half sees them through to second week of finals

The scoring of points at the Mary Street end of Leichhardt Oval must have been banned on Sunday, with the Newtown Jets running up an astounding 40-0 lead in the first half.
Jets supersonic 1st half sees them through to second week of finals

The scoring of points at the Mary Street end of Leichhardt Oval must have been banned on Sunday, with the Newtown Jets running up an astounding 40-0 lead in the first half. Their opponents, Wentworthville, then scored 26 unanswered points in the second half when it was their turn to run to the northern end. The unusual points scoring pattern in the second half was due as much to the obvious deterioration in Newtown’s standard of play as it was to Wentworthville’s determination to end their season with some pride.

Newtown’s first half was close to the best that the Jets have played for several weeks. Halves Ryley Jacks and Adam Henry were in top form and Jacks figured prominently in Newtown’s first five tries, scoring two himself. Two of the other tries came from well-judged kicks by Jacks and another where he cleverly fielded an attacking kick from a Wenty player and set off on a sixty-metre run, with centre Buddy Gordon ultimately being the try-scorer. Michael Oldfield scored twice in quick succession close to half-time and replacement winger Chris Taripo’s six conversions helped boost the Jets to an insurmountable 40-0 lead. Newtown registered an 87% completion rate in the first half and they also defended very well when under pressure at their own end of the field, keeping their opponents scoreless for the first forty minutes.

The second half saw a complete transformation as the Jets standard of play fell away badly. Their second half completion rate plummeted to 54% and the Jets committed no less than seven unforced errors in a frustrating display that recalled some of their less impressive performances in recent weeks. Newtown’s shoddy discipline and defence plus Wenty’s predictable fight-back to try and save their season resulted in the Jets being “nilled” in the second half. In fact Newtown only advanced to within thirty metres of Wentworthville’s try-line once in the entire second session.

Jets coach Greg Matterson was quick to praise Newtown’s first half defensive display. He had urged his players to contribute more to their defensive workload and for every man to put in that extra one per cent, which can be the defining edge in sudden death semi-finals. He also acknowledged Newtown’s top-class execution in attack which he described as being like “where everything turned to gold”. Matterson was obviously critical of the second half turnaround but noted that it was inevitable that Wentworthville would hit back in the second half. The Jets poor completion rate in the second half prevented them from applying any pressure at Wenty’s end, when a couple of tries to Newtown would probably have snuffed out any resurgence.

The Newtown coaching staff nominated halves Ryley Jacks and Adam Henry as being among Newtown’s best players. Kurt Kara once again turned on a non-stop performance and Buddy Gordon had a much-improved game. Special praise was given to winger Chris Taripo who had played a full game for Cabramatta in a Ron Massey Cup semi-final on Saturday, came to Leichhardt Oval on Sunday to be Newtown’s 18th man, and then as a late inclusion played another full game and scored a try and kicked six goals. Big forward Saulala Houma was named as one of Newtown’s 17 players despite suffering from the ‘flu but was not used in the game.

The Jets now advance into week two of the VB NSW Cup finals series and will meet the Cronulla Sharks at 1.00pm on Sunday, 22nd September at Leichhardt Oval in another sudden-death encounter.

NSWRL VB NSW Cup Elimination Final
Sunday, 15th September 2013
Leichhardt Oval
Newtown v Wentworthville
Kick-Off: 3.00pm

Newtown Jets 40
TriesL Ryley Jacks 2, Michael Oldfield 2, Henare Wells, Chris Taripo, Buddy Gordon
Goals: Chris Taripo 6
Team: 1 Henare Wells, 26 Chris Taripo, 4 Michael Oldfield, 3 Yileen "Buddy" Gordon, 5 Paul Rokolati, 6 Adam Henry, 7 Ryley Jacks, 13 Tinirau Arona, 11 Ryan Verlinden, 12 Brad Barrett, 8 Ray Moujalli, 9 Kurt Kara, 10 Khalid Deeb. Interchange: 14 Andrew Pearn, 16 Josh Ailaomai, 17 Saulala Houma, 18 Nafe Seluini. Pierce Sapsford (Number 23) withdrew during the warm-up period and was replaced by Chris Taripo (Number 26). Coach: Greg Matterson.


Wentworthville Magpies 26
Tries: Dominic Reardon, Dean Parata, Brendan McKinnon, Dylon Gilbert, Peni Terepo
Goals: Aaron Fluke 3
Team: Jake Mullaney, Semi Radradra, Dylon Gilbert, Cecil Mackenzie, Dominic Reardon, Aaron Fluke, Dean Parata, Peni Terepo, Brendan McKinnon, Taniela Lasalo, Pat Mataele, Kenny Edwards, Pat O'Hanlon. Interchange: Lorenzo Ma-Afu, Isaac Maliota, Walter Vaeau, Junior Paulo. Coach: Brett Cook.

Half-Time: Newtown led 40-0
Referee: Liam Nicholls
Touch Judges: Nathan Smith and John Wood
Weather: Fine, sunny, mild, 22 degrees
Playing surface: Excellent

Other VB NSW Cup finals results:

Wests Tigers 34 defeated Auckland Vulcans 24; Windsor 24 defeated Cronulla Sharks 22; North Sydney 32 defeated Newcastle Knights 28.

Next Sunday (22nd September 2013)
NSWRL VB NSW Cup Elimination Semi-Finals
Leichhardt Oval
Cronulla Sharks v Newtown Jets at 1.00pm
Newcastle Knights v Wests Tigers at 3.00pm

Auckland Vulcans and Wentworthville have been eliminated.

North Sydney and Windsor progress to the VB NSW Cup Preliminary Final weekend.


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