NSW Cup preview – Jets revving up
The season is starting rev up for the Newtown Jets who go in search of a third consecutive win on Saturday when they play the Wentworthville Magpies.
With a large contingent of Sharks-contracted players in their side the Jets before registering back to back wins away from home against the Panthers and Sea Eagles.
This week they return home to Henson Park for their round five match up, with ticketed Sharks members admitted to the game free when producing their Sharks membership card.
Kick-off is at 3.00pm on Saturday.
Following is the NSWRL.Com weekly match preview.
The Newtown Jets are looking to make it three wins on the trot this week against the Wentworthville Magpies, who won their first game of the season against the Cutters last week.
Despite back-to-back victories, Jets coach Greg Matterson isn’t pleased with his side’s form so far.
“We’re still a work in progress,” Matterson said. “I wasn’t happy at all with our performance [against Manly]. We still have a lot of work to do. We’re happy we’ve won a couple of games but I feel like we’re miles off where we need to be.”
The Jets scored 16 unanswered points to seal a comeback victory against the Manly Sea Eagles last week after trailing 26-16 with 20 minutes remaining. Although it’s comforting to know that Newtown are capable of coming back and scoring plenty of points, Matterson knows it’s a dangerous trend to continue.
“In the VB NSW Cup and all of rugby league, if you lose momentum, it can really hurt you,” Matterson said. “Manly had six sets in a row and got a bit of momentum scoring a few tries. Then we had to play catch-up. We’ve got enough strike in our side but we won’t be able to do that this week versus Wentworthville.”
The Magpies will be without the VB NSW Cup 2014 Player of the Year Bureta Faraimo – who is starting on the wing for the Parramatta Eels’ first grade side on Monday – but enter their match with much confidence after breaking through for their first win of the season.
“Wenty might say they have a couple of troops down but they came up with a good performance last week with a good defensive performance to hold Illawarra to only 16 points as well,” Matterson said. “They’re going to be tough.”