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Jets yet to win at home this season

The Newtown Jets have slipped out of the NSW Cup top eight after their 28-20 loss to the Illawarra Cutters at Henson Park on Saturday.
Jets yet to win at home this season

The Newtown Jets have slipped out of the NSW Cup top eight after their 28-20 loss to the Illawarra Cutters at Henson Park on Saturday. The Jets have now won just three of their eight competition games so far this season, and have developed the worrying trend of leading at half-time and ultimately losing out late in the second half.

The St George-Illawarra partnership club, the Cutters, led 12-0 in the first half before Jets centre and Tongan international Michael Oldfield scored in the 31st minute. This try signalled Newtown’s best period of the game as the Jets added two more tries in the last ten minutes of the first half. Front-rower Kane Evans and half-back Ryley Jacks added to Newtown’s try tally, and winger Chris Taripo converted two of the three tries for the Jets to lead 16-12 at the break.

The second half was intensely disappointing for the Jets and their fans, as a 6-1 penalty count to the Cutters gave the visitors plenty of possession and favourable field position for most of the half. Newtown looked to be in control when Michael Oldfield scored his second try ten minutes into the second half giving the Jets a 20-12 lead, but they rarely challenged the Cutters’ try-line again for the remainder of the match. The Scarlets narrowed the gap to 20-16 with a try in the 20th minute of the second half, and they stuck a killer blow twelve minutes from full-time when their busy half-back latched onto a wayward Newtown pass and dashed 70 metres to score under the posts. Illawarra took the lead by 22-20 and extended this to 28-20 with another converted try two minutes out from the final siren.

The Newtown Jets coaching staff summed up the game in these terms – there was no lack of effort from the Jets players and there was some excellent defence in the second half, but small lapses really hurt the team. The lopsided second-half penalty count against the Jets ensured extra possession for the Cutters and greater pressure of Newtown’s defence in their own quarter. The Jets’ end of set plays were very disappointing, with their kicking game putting no pressure at all on Illawarra’s back three. This was Michael Oldfield’s best game with the Jets since transferring from the Sea Eagles, and Dylan Napa, Kane Evans, Nafe Seluini and Lama Tasi all worked hard in the forwards. Napa’ work rate was outstanding and Seluini was at his elusive best in trying to find a way through the Cutters’ defence.

The Jets have a bye in the NSW Cup competition this coming weekend (11/12th May) and their next match is away to Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday, 18th May at 3.00pm.

NSWRL VB NSW Cup - 8th Round
Saturday, 4th May 2013
Henson Park
Newtown v Illawarra Cutters
Kick-off was at 3.00pm

Illawarra Cutters 28: Kose Lelei, Josh Drinkwater, Damien Cook, Matt Handcock, Atelea Vea tries; Junior Vaivai 4 goals
Newtown 20: Michael Oldfield 2, Kane Evans, Ryley Jacks tries; Chris Taripo 2 goals

Half-Time: Newtown led 16-12

Referee: Kasey Badger. Touch Judges: Peter Crombie-Brown and Chris Treneman.

Playing surface: Excellent.
Weather: Fine, sunny, cool breeze, 20 degrees.

Newtown's team was:
Henare Wells, Usaia O'Sullivan, Michael Oldfield, Adam Henry, Chris Taripo, Ben Jones, Ryley Jacks, Lama Tasi, Kurt Kara, Isaac Liu, Dylan Napa, Tinirau Arona, Frank-Paul Nuuausala. Interchange: Kane Evans, Khalid Deeb, Saulala Houma, Nafe Seluini. (Coach: Greg Matterson).

Illawarra Cutters team was:
Adam Quinlan, Tyron Cranston, Nathan Green, Junior Vaivai, Kose Lelei, Todd Ryan, Josh Drinkwater, Jordan Hay, Nathan Waters, Michael Henderson, Leeson Ah Mau, Atelea Vea, Evrett Vaurasi. Interchange: Jake Hawkins, Matt Handcock, Josh Toole, Kyle Lodge, Jack Twist, Puna Rasaubule, Kyle Martens. (Coach: Paul McGregor).

Newtown has the bye next weekend (11/12 May).

Newtown's next competition game is against Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday, 18th May at 3.00pm.

Newtown's next home game at Henson Park is on Saturday, 22nd June against the Cronulla Sharks at 3.00pm.

Results of other VB NSW Cup matches played this weekend: Cronulla Sharks 48 defeated Auckland Vulcans 10 (at Henson Park); Newcastle Knights 26 defeated Canterbury-Bankstown 18; Wentworthville 38 defeated Manly-Warringah 14; Mounties (Raiders) 44 defeated Wyong 24; Wests Tigers 16 defeated North Sydney 12.


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