Newtown season at the crossroads
will travel to Auckland for their next VB NSW Cup match on Saturday against the Vulcans.by NRL
will travel to Auckland for their next VB NSW Cup match on Saturday against the Vulcans. This is an important match for both clubs, with the Vulcans striving for a place in the competition's top eight, and the Jets looking to get their season back on track.
The Jets have suffered a heavy injury toll this year, with regular front-rowers Khalid Deeb (the team captain) and Ryan Verlinden gone for the season with serious knee injuries. Constructive back-rower Tom Symonds, a full-time Sydney Roosters NRL squad member who has played several matches with Newtown in 2012, is also finished for this year due to a shoulder reconstruction injury.
While the Jets have lost their last three games, two of those matches were against the VB NSW Cup top two teams, Windsor and Canterbury-Bankstown. The loss to Cronulla-Sutherland at Henson Park was a surprise but the Sharks gave the young Jets a lesson in wet-weather football tactics that day.
This Saturday's away match to the Vulcans is critical for both teams. The Vulcans, last year's beaten grand finalists and a very much restructured team this year, will be playing for their season. The Jets desperately need to win as a loss will leave them mired in the nether regions of the top eight, and with a pack of other teams vying for a finals place. The Jets play the Auckland Vulcans at the Mt Smart Stadium number two ground in Auckland on Saturday, 7th July. This match will be kicking off at 11.00am AEST.
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