After an impressive run of four victories in succession the Sharks partner club in the VB NSW Cup the Newtown Jets face a formidable challenge when they host the table-topping Mounties team at Henson Park tomorrow.
The Jets scored seven tries in a 40-18 rout of the North Sydney Bears last weekend, and while the task promises to be more difficult on Saturday, they head into the match with the undefeated Mounties side full of confidence.
Making their job just that little harder, the Jets will be without Junior Roqica and Sami Sauiluma, with the pair ruled out with injury, while Sam Tagataese and Tinirau Arona, who both played leading roles in the win over the Bears, have been called up into the Sharks NRL squad.
The Jets v Mounties match is scheduled for a 3.00pm kick off at Henson Park on Saturday.
And for the highlights from the last start win over the Bears, see the link below, courtesy of NSWRL.com.au.
Newtown v Mounties: JETS READY FOR TEST
Courtesy - NSWRL.com.au
It’s the hotly-anticipated showdown between the VB NSW Cup’s two most in-form sides.
The undefeated Mounties take on the high-flying Newtown Jets who have won four straight games after dropping losing their opening two matches.
It’s the Jets’ biggest test of the season so far but its business as usual according to coach Greg Matterson.
“There’s no extra emphasis,” Matterson said. “It’s just another two points, it’s all we’re looking for.
“Mounties are deserved favourites this week but that’s not to say if we play well we can’t beat them.”
It’s a remarkable turnaround as the Jets climb the competition ladder but there isn’t any secret, Matterson claims.
“It’s hard work,” Matterson said. “Hard work and a few players hitting form.
“We’re just focusing on Newtown and that’s all we’re worried about this season. We’ve just got to keep improving. We don’t focus on the opposition, we only focus on ourselves.”
While beating Mounties and ending their unbeaten start would be a great triumph, Newtown have much bigger things in mind.
“At the end of the day it’s a long season,” Matterson said. “We focus on improving each week and staying healthy if we can, and see where it takes us in the back end of the year.”
Whether they admit it or not, their match against Mounties will definitely indicate just how much of a premiership threat Newtown pose.
Newtown v Mounties
Saturday 18 April
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JETS: 1 NATHAN GARDNER 2 DANIEL ABOU SLEIMAN 3 MITCH BROWN 4 BLAKE AYSHFORD 5 NESIASI MATAITONGA 6 DALLAS WELLS 7 TODD MURPHY 8 RAY MOUJALLI 9 PAT POLITONI 10 SAULALA HOUMA 11 JACK NOBLE 12 PATRICE SIOLO 13 TIM ROBINSON 14 ANDREW PEARN 15 KURT KARA 16 KURT DILLON 17 MALAKAI HOUMA COACH GREG MATTERSON
MOUNTIES: 1 JACK AHEARN 2 BILL TUPOU 3 DAVE CAHALANE 4 MITCH CRONIN 5 GUS AIGA 6 JOSH MCCRONE 7 MITCH CORNISH 8 KYLE O’DONNELL 9 KURT BAPTISTE 10 WILLIE MATAKA 11 PATRICK MAGO 12 MITCH BARNETT 13 CLAY PRIEST 14 SAM DUGGAN 15 PAT MATAELE 16 RHYS KENNEDY 17 JAKE GOODWIN COACH STEPHEN ANTONELLI
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Round 6 Highlights – Jets v Bears – CLICK HERE