For the second game in succession the Newtown Jets put their opponents to the sword, with their 38-6 win over the Warriors last Saturday coming on the back of a 54-6 triumph over Wentworthville the week prior.
The Jets jumped out to a 24-6 half time lead against the New Zealand side before going on with the job in the second period.
This weekend however they face what shapes as a stern challenge when they take on the competition improvers the Penrith Panthers in a round 16 match set down for St Marys Stadium on Saturday.
The Jets team again features a long list of Sharks NRL squad members, many of who will be out to impress with places in the top grade team up for grabs when the third Origin game rolls around in three weeks’ time.
Below is the Newtown team list for the Panthers game, then following is a comprehensive recap of the Jets last start win over the Warriors, courtesy of Glen Dwyer and Newtown Jets media.
ISP TEAM LIST – Round 16
Jets v Panthers
Saturday, June 25
St Mary’s Stadium
Kick-off – 3.00pm
1 Mitch Brown ©
2 Travis Robinson
3 Jaline Graham
4 Matt Evans
5 Corin Smith
6 Josh Cleeland
7 Fa'amanu Brown
8 Harrison Muller
9 Matt McIlwrick
10 Jesse Sene-Lefao
11 Anthony Moraitis
12 Kurt Capewell
13 Kurt Kara
14 Jason Schirnack
17 Malakai Houma
21 Kenny Niko
23 Tarek Elmasri
From Newtown Jets Media
Jets spring an ambush on the Intrust Super Premiership competition leaders.
The Newtown Jets turned on a most impressive first half display against the top of the table New Zealand Warriors, who were coming off a seven-match winning streak. The Jet led 24-6 at halftime and then shut the Warriors out of the game in the second half, adding two more tries late in the match to run up an imposing 38-6 winning margin.
Newtown remains in third place on the ISP NSW competition table behind Mounties and the Warriors, but the Jets now have the best points for and against in the competition.
The NSWRL ISP NSW competition table after 15 rounds is: http://www.nswrl.com.au/intrust-super-premiership-nsw/ladder1.html
The results of all the other 15th round matches:
Wests Tigers 14 d North Sydney 6; Penrith 44 d Newcastle Knights 6; Manly-Warringah 22 d Mounties 10; Illawarra Cutters 24 d Wentworthville 12; Canterbury-Bankstown and Wyong had byes.
Newtown’s next game details:
NSWRL ISP NSW – 16th Round; Saturday, 25th June 2016; St Marys Stadium; Penrith v Newtown; Kick-Off: 3.00pm.
Please also make note of the game details for Newtown’s postponed ISP NSW match against the Illawarra Cutters: NSWRL ISP NSW – Rescheduled 13th Round match; Friday, 1st July 2016; Henson Park; Newtown v Illawarra Cutters; Kick-Off: 7.00pm.
Saturday’s game details:
Anthony Moraitis, Travis Robinson, Matt Evans, Malakai Houma, Kurt Capewell, Kenny Niko tries; Fa’amanu Brown 5 conversions, 2 penalty goals
New Zealand Warriors 6:
Mason Lino try and conversion.
Half-Time: Newtown led 24-6.
Weather: Cloudy, mild, 19 degrees
Newtown’s team on Saturday was:
Mitch Brown, Travis Robinson, Jaline Graham, Matt Evans, Jacob Gagan, Josh Cleeland, Fa’amanu Brown, Kurt Kara, Anthony Moraitis, Kurt Capewell, Harrison Muller, Matt McIlwrick, Jesse Sene-Lefao. Bench: Malakai Houma, Corin Smith, Kenny Niko, Tarek Elmasri. Coach: Greg Matterson.
The New Zealand Warriors team was:
Henare Wells, Tomas Aoake, Matthew Allwood, Marata Niukore, Chales Nicoll-Klokstad, Mason Lino, Jeff Robson, Upu Poching, Ali Lauitiiti, Shaun Lane, James Gavet, Jazz Tevaga, Bunty Afoa. Bench: Ofahiki Ogden, James Bell, Patrick Sibley, Viliami Kaukinga. Coach: Stacey Jones.
Newtown Coach Greg Matterson at full-time:
Despite late withdrawals and injuries affecting the Newtown line-up, the Jets rose to the challenge today. Warriors started badly and Newtown took their opportunities. Strangled them out of it in the second half. Great credit to you all. Penrith next Saturday are the competition’s big improvers and we must be ready for them
Greg Matterson’s later comments:
Warriors made a lot of errors in the first half We took our chances and opened up a lead In the second half we had to defend for extended periods It was an outstanding second half effort where we defended our lead and shut them out of making any concerted comeback We scored twice late in the game for an impressive win against the competition leaders They were coming off a seven-game winning streak Kurt Kara was the best Newtown player He has adapted to playing at lock very well Also favourably mentioned Jesse Sene-Lefao, Matt McIlwrick, Kurt Capewell, Anthony Moraitis, Nu Brown, Josh Cleeland, Mitch Brown Special mention to all the Newtown part-timers who stepped up for this crunch game and took on the challenge with huge enthusiasm.
Match photos from Gary Sutherland: http://www.pbase.com/gsphotography/newtown_vs_warriors_180616&page=all
Steele Sports post-match interviews with: -
Jesse Sene-Lefao: https://soundcloud.com/teeleports/jesse-sene-leafao-newtown-jets
Josh Cleeland: https://soundcloud.com/teeleports/josh-cleeland-interview-newtown-v-warriors