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Newtown too good for Wyong

The Wyong Kangaroos joined the VB NSW Cup for the 2013 season and have defied the more pessimistic predictions as to their performances in their debut season.
Newtown too good for Wyong

The Wyong Kangaroos joined the VB NSW Cup for the 2013 season and have defied the more pessimistic predictions as to their performances in their debut season. At home at the Morry Breen Oval on Sunday, Wyong was decisively beaten by one of the competition’s form teams, the Newtown Jets. The defending premiers defeated Wyong 40-6, after leading 26-0 at halftime.

Newtown’s forward pack has been most impressive in recent weeks and took control early in Sunday’s match, forcing Wyong to play much of the first quarter in their own territory. The Jets were well in command as winger Usaia O’Sullivan registered two tries and halfback Ryley Jacks and in-form front-rower Kane Evans scored a try each. Left-side winger Paul Rokolati added another try just prior to halftime and with his three conversions from five attempts, Newtown led 26-0. The Jets had a 65% share of possession in the first half and the penalties went Newtown’s way by 7-1.

Jets coach Greg Matterson impressed on his players to go in for the kill and to maximise their points for tally. “Don’t take your boots off their throats” was basically the command for the second half. No doubt many of the Newtown supporters who had made the northern trek remembered several less than successful visits to the Morry Breen Oval in recent seasons, admittedly against opponents other than Wyong.

The Jets added three more tries in the second half, with O’Sullivan claiming his third and Rokolati scoring two more, ensuring that both Newtown flankmen scored hat-tricks. Newtown then had to sustain a fightback by the Wyong team, who showed no lack of courage and determination in taking the contest right back to the bigger Newtown pack. Inevitably after having led 26-0 at halftime there was some reduction in intensity by the Newtown team, with some evidence of overly-adventurous ball play, loose carries and some careless play the balls. The Jets completed 12 out of 19 sets in the second half and the penalty pendulum swung 5-2 to Wyong.

The Newtown coaching staff made mention of the tremendous effort put in by all the Jets forwards, both in possession and in brutalising the Wyong ball-carriers. Dylan Napa was a late withdrawal and hardman Josh Ailaomai had the rare distinction of being put on report twice and then being cleared of the charges on the Monday. Ryley Jacks controlled play well from halfback and the two wingers O’Sullivan and Rokolati deserve special mention for their three tries apiece.

The Newtown Jets make a welcome return to Henson Park next Saturday (22nd June) for what is shaping up as the VB NSW Cup match of the season thus far. Newtown’s opponents are the undefeated Cronulla Sharks and even though both clubs are affected by State of Origin selections, this match really is the Jets v Sharks West Side Story rumble par excellence. Kick-off time at Henson Park this Saturday is 3.00pm.

NSWRL VB NSW Cup Round 14
Sunday, 16th June 2013
Morry Breen Oval
Wyong Roos v Newtown Jets
Kick-Off: 3.00pm

Newtown Jets 40
Tries: Usaia O'Sullivan 3, Paul Rokolati 3, Kane Evans, Ryley Jacks
Goals: Paul Rokolati 4
Team: 1 Henare Wells, 15 Usaia O'Sullivan, 3 Yileen "Buddy" Gordon, 4 Michael Oldfield, 5 Paul Rokolati, 2 Adam Henry, 7 Ryley Jacks, 11 Tinirau Arona (Capt), 12 Brad Barrett, 16 Josh Ailaomai, 8 Ray Moujalli, 9 Kurt Kara, 10 Kane Evans. Interchange: 14 Andrew Pearn, 17 Saulala Houma, 18 Nafe Seluini, 21 Lama Tasi.


Wyong Roos 6
Tries: Etu Uaisele
Goals: Matt Nelson
Team: Ben Shorter, Arthur Brown, Etu Uaisele, Dan Phillips, Jayson MacKenzie, Matt Nelson, Johnathon Ford, Shaun Boss, Mitch Williams, Magnus Stromquist, Junior Tea Kilifi, Todd Wilson, Brock Molan. Interchange: Jay Florimo, Leivaha Pulu, Kaine Matthews, Eloni Vunakece.

Half-Time: Newtown 26-0
Referee: Jon Stone
Touch Judges: Jeff Hartup and Scott Shepherd

Playing surface: Well grassed, slightly heavy underfoot
Weather: Fine, sunny, cool breeze

The weekend's other VB NSW Cup results: Wests Tigers 36 d Canterbury-Bankstown 20; Illawarra Cutters 32 d Mounties 26; Cronulla Sharks 44 d Wentworthville 20; Auckland Vulcans 20 d Windsor 14; Newcastle Knights 20 d North Sydney 10.

The VB NSW Cup competition table after 14 rounds: Cronulla 30; Newcastle Knights 22; North Sydney 20; Windsor 19; Newtown 18; Auckland Vulcans 17; Wests Tigers 16; Wentworthville 14; Mounties 12; Illawarra Cutters 12; Wyong 10; Manly-Warringah 10; Canterbury-Bankstown 8.

Newtown's next match:
NSWRL VB NSW Cup 15th Round
Saturday, 22nd June 2013
Henson Park
Newtown Jets v Cronulla Sharks
Kick-Off: 3.00pm


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