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Wolves cut loose against Jets in second half points surge

The Newtown Jets and the Windsor Wolves exchanged fourth and fifth place on the VB NSW Cup competition table after the Wolves’ decisive 36-24 win up at Windsor on Saturday night.
Wolves cut loose against Jets in second half points surge
by rleague.com

The Newtown Jets and the Windsor Wolves exchanged fourth and fifth place on the VB NSW Cup competition table after the Wolves’ decisive 36-24 win up at Windsor on Saturday night. The Jets turned in a strong first half performance and were the first to score when winger Pierce Sapsford broke the deadlock with his determined try in the 22nd minute. Windsor equalised soon afterwards, and then took the lead right on half-time and went into the break 12-6 to the better.

The Wolves scored early in the second half but Jets hooker Nafe Seluini ensured that Newtown remained in the contest with another of his dummy-half try specialties. The match was very much in the balance with Windsor leading 18-12 midway through the second half, but the Wolf Pack seized control of the match with a flurry of three converted tries within the space of ten minutes. The Jet regained some respectability through two tries by second-rower Brad Barrett, bringing the full-time score to 36-24 in favour of the Wolves. It was a good night for the respective goal-kickers, with Newtown’s Chris Taripo converting all four of the Jets tries, and Fijian international Wes Naiqama improving all six of Windsor’s tries, including one of his own.

This was always going to be a tough away assignment for the Jets, with the Wolves fielding a backline full of experienced Penrith NRL players. Newtown put in a determined team effort in the first half for little reward and the Jets bombed a couple of tries and took the wrong options on other occasions. The Wolves rubbed salt into the wound by scoring a converted try right on half-time to go in at the break with a 12-6 lead. The Jets coaching staff observed that Newtown had regained momentum midway through the second half but a missed scoring opportunity for the Jets, followed by a penalty and crucial repeat set to the Wolves led to Windsor kicking away to a 24-1 2 lead. Two more converted tries to the home team and the game was over.

Newtown’s best players on what was indeed a hard night at the office were Brad Barrett, Josh Ailaomai, Nafe Seluini and Dylan Napa in the forwards, while Buddy Gordon and Pierce Sapsford were rated the best of the backline division.

The Jets are now in fifth place on the competition table and take on the sixth-placed Wests Tigers this Saturday (3rd August) at Henson Park at 3.00pm. Wests Tigers are behind the Jets on points for and against differential, and Saturday’s match shapes up as a critical game for both clubs as the struggle for finals places intensifies.

NSWRL VB NSW Cup 20th Round
Saturday, 27th July 2013
Windsor Sports Complex
Windsor Wolves v Newtown Jets
Kick-Off: 6.00pm

Windsor Wolves 36
Tries: Travis Robinson 2, Vaipuna Tia Kilifi, Wes Naiqama, Toby Evans, Luke Capewell
Goals: Wes Naiqama 6
Team: Travis Robertson, Josh Mansour, Wes Naiqama, Geoff Daniela, Eto Nabuli, Blake Austin, Luke Capewell, Kyle O’Donnell, Blake South, Matt Eisenuth, Bryce Cartright, Vaipuna Tia Kilifi, Nathan Smith. Interchange: Kieran Moseley, Tom Eisenuth, Toby Evans, Chris Smith. Coach: Garth Brennan.

defeated

Newtown Jets 24
Tries: Brad Barrett 2, Pierce Sapsford, Nafe Seluini
Goals: Chris Taripo 4
Team: 1 Henare Wells, 23 Pierce Sapsford, 3 Yileen Gordon, 15 Adam Henry, 5 Chris Taripo, 6 Ben Jones, 7 Ryley Jacks, 8 Andrew Pearn, 9 Kurt Kara, 10 Dylan Napa, 11 Tinirau Arona (Capt), 12 Brad Barrett, 13 Josh Ailaomai. Interchange: 14 Khalid Deeb, 17 Saulala Houma, 18 Nafe Seluini, 21 Ryan Verlinden. Coach: Greg Matterson.

Half-Time: Windsor led 12-6
Referee: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
Touch Judges: Jay Farlow and Matt Damaso
Playing surface: Good
Weather: Fine, cool, 13 degrees

Timeline:
22nd minute: Pierce Sapsford try, converted by Chris Taripo. Newtown 6-0.
27th minute: Travis Robinson try, Wes Naiqama converts. 6-all.
39th minute: Vaipuna Tia Kilifi try, converted by Wes Naiqama. Windsor 12-6.
Half-Time: Windsor led 12-6.
43rd minute: Travis Robinson try, converted by Wes Naiqama. Windsor 18-6.
50th minute: Nafe Seluini try, converted by Chris Taripo. Windsor 18-12.
59th minute: Wes Naiqama try and goal. Windsor 24-12.
64th minute: Toby Evans try, Wes Naiqama goal, Windsor 30-12.
68thth minute: Luke Capewell try, converted by Wes Naiqama. Windsor 36-12.
73rd minute: Brad Barrett try, converted by Chris Taripo. Windsor 36-18.
79th minute: Brad Barrett try, converted by Chris Taripo. Windsor 36-24.
Full-Time: Windsor 36 defeated Newtown 24.

Other VB NSW Cup results:
Illawarra Cutters 17 defeated Auckland Vulcans 16; Manly-Warringah 28 defeated Wyong 24; Mounties 26 defeated Canterbury-Bankstown 24; Newcastle Knights 16 defeated Cronulla Sharks 8, North Sydney 64 defeated Wentworthville 24. Wests Tigers bye.

Newtown’s next match:

NSWRL VB NSW Cup 21st Round
Saturday, 3rd August 2013
Henson Park
Newtown Jets v Wests Tigers
Kick-Off: 3.00pm

Source: www.newtownjets.com


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