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Plenty of Jets tries but threadbare defence is a problem

The Newtown Jets consolidated their hold on fourth place on the VB NSW Cup premiership table and fullback Henare Wells scored his 19th try, as the Jets won by 50-32 against Manly Sea Eagles at Henson Park on Saturday.
Plenty of Jets tries but threadbare defence is a problem

The Newtown Jets consolidated their hold on fourth place on the VB NSW Cup premiership table and fullback Henare Wells scored his 19th try, as the Jets won by 50-32 against Manly Sea Eagles at Henson Park on Saturday. There were several good tries scored but the Newtown coaching staff were less than impressed with some of the soft tries scored by the Sea Eagles in both halves.

Veteran Jets front-rower Khalid Deeb, who is edging ever closer to his 100 games for the Newtown club, scored in the third minute of play and halfback Ryley Jacks kicked the first of his seven goals. Jets coach Greg Matterson remarked after the game that the relative ease of Deeb’s try was probably the worst start his team could have - it sent all the wrong signals to the Jets just how much hard work would be needed to win this game against a Sea Eagles team fighting to stay in the finals race. Sure enough, Manly hit back and had the better of play for the next twenty minutes. The Sea Eagles scored twice in that period and led 10-6. The Jets grafted their way into Manly’s territory on several occasions but play broke down without capitalising on the solid lead-up work.

Newtown’s best forward on the day, Kurt Kara, put Henare Wells in for the first of his three tries in the 26th minute, and Wells scored his second try four minutes later when he leapt and caught a well-placed high kick by Ryley Jacks. The Jets missed a couple of scoring chances in the approach towards halftime, but winger Pierce Sapsford made no mistake when he scored after a swerving run to the try-line. Another conversion by Jacks gave Newtown a 24-10 halftime lead.

The Jets opened the second half with a frenetic scoring rush that looked likely to result in a cricket score. Five-eighth Ben Jones scored twice in the first five minutes of the second half and Jacks claimed a try for himself and converted all three tries, blowing Newtown’s lead out to 42-10. The Jets performance then declined in intensity and big forward Ryan Verlinden didn’t assist matters by being sin-binned for a disciplinary issue. The Sea Eagles added another converted try but Newtown reasserted control when the mercurial Wells scored his third try of the afternoon after Jacks had broken through the Manly defence. The Sea Eagles took advantage of some less than fully-committed Newtown defence to post three more tries in the last ten minutes, while Jets winger Adam Henry dashed over to bring up Newtown’s half-century of points.

The Jets coaching staff might have been pleased with the team’s try-scoring capability, but noted that their lacklustre defensive performance had ended the game on a disappointing note. The match might have been effectively over when Newtown led 42-10 early in the second half but the Jets players will need to stiffen their defensive resolve against top-four opposition like the Newcastle Knights next Saturday. Kurt Kara was the best of the Newtown forwards and Henare Wells has become a real crowd favourite with his eager support play and devastating speed. Pierce Sapsford had a good first half before being replaced due to a leg injury.

The Jets travel away next Saturday (17th August) to take on the third-placed Newcastle Knights at Harker Oval (New Lambton) at 3.00pm. The pressure remains right on the Jets to keep winning to shore up that all-important top-four finish.

NSWRL VB NSW Cup 22nd Round
Saturday, 10th August 2013
Henson Park
Newtown Jets v Manly Sea Eagles
Kick-Off: 3.00pm

Newtown Jets 50
Tries: Henare Wells 3, Ben Jones 2, Khalid Deeb, Pierce Sapsford, Ryley Jacks, Adam Henry
Goals: Ryley Jacks 7
Team: 1 Henare Wells, 2 Adam Henry, 3 Yileen "Buddy" Gordon, 16 Ivan Penehe, 23 Pierce Sapsford, 6 Ben Jones, 7 Ryley Jacks, 8 Ray Moujalli, 9 Kurt Kara, 14 Andrew Pearn, 11 Ryan Verlinden, 12 Brad Barrett, 10 Josh Ailaomai. Interchange: 17 Saulala Houma, 18 Nafe Seluini, 20 Khalid Deeb, 26 Paul Rokolati. Coach: Greg Matterson.


Manly Sea Eagles 32
Tries: Dylan Strickland, Peta Hiku, Michael Chee Kam, Dane Chisholm, Jacob Gagan, Troy Savage
Goals: Dane Chisholm 4
Team: Clinton Gutterson, Ben Farrar, Troy Savage, Peta Hiku, Jacob Gagan, Dane Chisholm, Zac Nicholl, Jesse Sene Lafao, Justin Lemalu, Liam Higgins, Dylan Strickland, Michael Chee Kam, Nick Skinner. Interchange: Kayse Greer, Ben Musolino, James Cunningham, Nathan Cooper. Coach: Luke Williamson.

Half-Time: Newtown led 24-10
Referee: Phil Henderson
Touch Judges: Richard Daizli and Matt Damaso
Playing surface: Very good
Weather: Fine, sunny, mild, 22 degrees

Timeline of Saturday's game:

3rd minute: Khalid Deeb try, Ryley Jacks conversion. Newtown 6-0
7th minute: Dylan Strickland try, converted by Dane Chisholm. 6-all
12th minute: Peta Hiku try, conversion attempt away off the upright. Manly-Warringah 10-6
26th minute: Henare Wells try, Ryley Jacks conversion. Newtown 12-10
30th minute: Henare Wells try, Ryley Jacks conversion. Newtown 18-10
37th minute: Pierce Sapsford try, Ryley Jacks conversion. Newtown 24-10

Half-Time: Newtown 24-10.

41st minute: Ben Jones try, Ryley Jacks conversion. Newtown 30-10
45th minute: Ben Jones try, Ryley Jacks conversion. Newtown 36-10
48th minute: Ryley Jacks try, conversion. Newtown 42-10
53rd minute: Ryan Verlinden sin-binned
54th minute: Michael Chee Kam try, Dane Chisholm conversion. Newtown 42-16
64th minute: Henare Wells try, not converted. Newtown 46-16
70th minute: Dane Chisholm try and conversion. Newtown 46-22
73rd minute: Jacob Gagan try, not converted. Newtown 46-26
78th minute: Adam Henry try, not converted. Newtown 50-26
79th minute: Troy Savage try, Dane Chisholm converts from the sideline. Newtown 50-32

Full-Time: Newtown 50 defeated Manly-Warringah 32.

The results of other 22nd Round VB NSW Cup matches: Auckland Vulcans 22 defeated Canterbury-Bankstown 12; Cronulla Sharks 46 defeated Wests Tigers 6; Wentworthville 46 defeated Windsor 42; Wyong 24 defeated Mounties 20; North Sydney 23 defeated Newcastle Knights 10. Illawarra Cutters bye.

Newtown's next match:

NSWRL VB NSW Cup 23rd Round
Saturday, 17th August 2013
Harker Oval, New Lambton
Newcastle Knights v Newtown Jets
Kick-Off: 3.00pm


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