Following two successive losses the Newtown Jets will be determined to halt the slide and to get their 2016 campaign back on track when they host the Wyong Roos in a round 18 Intrust Super Premiership match on Saturday.
After moving to within a point of the competition lead the losses have seen the Jets slip to fourth on the ladder, with their match this weekend a chance to consolidate a place inside the top four as the season moves into the business end.
If they hope to return to the winners circle however the Jets will be forced to do it the hard way, with the five Sharks players missing for State of Origin duty meaning the stocks at Newtown will be depleted as players move up in place of the NSW stars.
Newtown regulars in hooker Matt McIlwrick, five-eighth Fa’amanu Brown, prop Jesse Sene Lafao and back-rower Kurt Capewell have all been called into the Sharks NRL squad.
The Jets v Wyong Roos match is scheduled for a 3.00pm kick-off at Henson Park on Saturday.
See the team list below, along with a full wrap on the Jets loss to the Cutters, courtesy of Newtown Jets media.
ISP TEAM LIST – Round 18
Jets v Roos
Saturday, July 8
Kick-off – 3.00pm
1 Mitch Brown ©
2 Travis Robinson
3 Jordan Drew
4 Lachlan Stein
15 Matt Evans
6 Jason Schirnack
7 Jaline Graham
8 Harrison Muller
9 Kurt Kara
10 Malakai Houma
11 Anthony Moraitis
12 Ash Nisbet
13 Jaimin Jolliffe
5 Corin Smith
14 Kurt Dillon
16 Ahmad Ellaz
17 Saulala Houma
18 Daniel Abou-Sleiman
21 Tarek Elmasri
By Newtown Jets Media
Jets run down by the new competition leaders.
Newtown led 14-10 at halftime in this deferred 13th round Intrust Super Premiership match, but were outplayed by the Illawarra Cutters in the second half. The Cutters are the new competition leaders and proved on Friday night that they are strong premiership contenders. The Jets went into this game with several late changes and despite an outstanding first half were held scoreless in the second forty minutes, as the Cutters powered away to a 38-14 win.
Intrust Super Premiership NSW – Deferred 13th Round Match
Friday, 1st July 2016
Newtown v Illawarra Cutters
Illawarra Cutters 38
Drew Hutchison 2, Shannon Wakeman 2, Levi Dodd, Adam Quinlan, Wil Matthews tries; Levi Dodd 5 goals
Fa’amanu Brown 2, Mitch Brown tries; Fa’amanu Brown 1 goal.
Weather: Clear night sky, 12 degrees C, down to 10 degrees C by the second half.
Daniel Abou-Sleiman, Travis Robinson, Jordan Drew, Mitch Brown, Corin Smith, Jaline Graham, Fa’amanu Brown, Kurt Kara, Malakai Houma, Jason Schirnack, Harrison Muller, Matt McIlwrick, Jesse Sene-Lefao. Bench: Saulala Houma, Brendan Hikaka, Ahmad Ellaz, Tarek Elmasri.
Coach: Greg Matterson.
Adam Quinlan, Levi Dodd, Taane Milne, Kurt Mann, Kiti Glymin, Drew Hutchison, Josh McCrone, Will Matthews, Tyrone McCarthy, Chris Lewis, Shannon Wakeman, Siliva Havili, Hame Sele. Bench: Blake Wallace, Jacob Hind, Damien Sironen, Sam Coster.
Coach: Jason Demetriou.
Team changes for Newtown included late withdrawals by centre Matt Evans and second-rower Anthony Moraitis, and bench players Brent Anderson and Leon Tupuola.
Daniel Abou-Sleiman, Brendan Hikaka and Ahmad Ellaz came into the named 17 (18 players had been named in the original team line-up).
Young front-rower Harrison Muller left the field for a concussion test around the 25th minute mark of the first half and was ruled out for the rest of the game.
Brendan Hikaka was on debut with Newtown and most unfortunately appears to have suffered a broken jaw. He left the field in the 33rd minute of the second half.
Other ISP NSW matches played on the weekend:
Wentworthville 28 defeated Penrith 24; Canterbury-Bankstown 38 defeated Newcastle Knights 18; Wyong 58 defeated Manly-Warringah 14; Wests Tigers 18 defeated New Zealand Warriors 16.
Mounties and North Sydney had byes.
The ISP NSW competition table after 17 rounds: http://www.nswrl.com.au/intrust-super-premiership-nsw/ladder1.html
Major events timeline
Illawarra Cutters kicked off with Newtown running to the southern end.
Plenty of pressure early on the Cutters line but they displayed good on-line defence.
Fa’amanu Brown cuts through in the 7th minute to score to the left of the posts.
He converts his own try. Newtown 6-0.
A penalty to Illawarra midfield in the 10th min.
The Cutters show good passing and eager support play, and score in the north-west corner through Levi Dodd in the 12th min.
Try not converted. Newtown leads 6-4.
Illawarra continue to defend very well in their own 20 metres zone.
Newtown penalised for stripping in the 16th min.
Cutters have a try disallowed in the 17th min.
Mitch Brown gathers in an Illawarra short kick while being put under great pressure.
Penalty to Newtown in the 18th min relieves pressure.
Another penalty to Illawarra prompts Newtown coach Greg Matterson to send out a message urging his players to improve their discipline.
Kurt Kara is putting on some tremendously strong tackles.
Cutters slowing the Jets down at the play the ball to their advantage.
Midfield break by the Cutters in the 23rd min ends in a runaway try to Adam Quinlan.
Converted by Levi Dodd. Illawarra leads 10-6 after 24 mins.
Matterson felt that Newtown was being let down by the standard of the finishes to their sets.
Penalty to Newtown on the halfway line in the 27th min
Fa’amanu Brown cuts through again to score in the 27th min.
Try not converted. 10-all.
Harrison Muller is taken off for a concussion test.
The scoreboard and time clock are out of commission due to a technical glitch, and Harrison Muller is ruled out for the rest of the game.
Cutters on the attack at Newtown’s end, short kick is snapped up by Jaline Graham who dashes down the right-side touch-line, gets the ball back inside to Mitch Brown who sprints 80 metres to score in the south-west corner.
Try not converted. Newtown leads 14-10.
Half-Time: Newtown leads 14-10.
First half completions: Newtown 17/19, Illawarra 9/14. Penalties are 4-all.
The Cutters knock on the kick off.
Jets at Illawarra’s end, held up over the try-line.
Matt McIlwrick and Jaline Graham both go close to scoring in the 7th minute.
The Cutters get their off-loading game going and they score in the 8th min.
Drew Hutchison is the try-scorer; Dodd converts. Illawarra leads 16-14.
Matterson sends out the message for Newtown to lift their defensive effort.
Both teams kick the ball dead when in attacking positions.
Cutters tackled with the ball I their own in-goal zone.
Saulala Houma goes close to scoring in the 14th min of the second half.
Matterson sends out another message – defence is going to win this game.
Cutters looking dangerous with the ball and are getting their off-loads working.
Game was well and truly in the balance between the 15th and 25th minutes (of the second half)
Both sides made handling errors and kick the ball dead at the end of sets.
Illawarra defends well in their own quarter and then get a penalty near their own line.
Cutters score late in the next set in the 26th min
Hutchison is the try-scorer; Dodd converts. Illawarra leads 22-14 with 13 mins to go.
Jets forced into a goal-line drop-out with 11 mins to go
Cutters score in the ensuing set, Jets defence has deteriorated
Wakeman the try-scorer; Dodd converts
Illawarra 28-14 with 9 mins to go.
Brendan Hikaka is injured and comes off in the 33rd min
It’s all over as the Cutters score again through Wakeman in the 36th min
Dodd converts. Cutters lead 34-14 with 3 mins to play.
Matthew’s scores for Illawarra in the last minute, try not converted.
Full-Time: Cutters win 38-14.
Illawarra has scored 4 tries in the last 15 minutes and have kept Newtown scoreless in the second half.
Second half completions: Newtown 10/12, Cutters 12/17.
Second half penalties: 2-all.
Match completions: Newtown 27/31 (87%); Illawarra 21/31 (68%).
Match penalties were 6-all.