For the first time this season fans will have an opportunity to see three games at Southern Cross Group Stadium, four when including the Women’s Series match-up, with the Newtown Jets to play at the home of the Sharks against the Newcastle Knights.
While the NYC Under-20’s will kick off the days’ rugby league action at 10.45am, the Jets follow at 12.40pm with an important clash against the Knights in a match they will be desperate to win to keep pace with the leading teams in the Intrust Super Premiership.
The Jets prevailed last weekend, a Fa’amanu Brown sideline conversion seeing them escape with a 26-24 triumph over the Wests Tigers in what represented a crucial two competition points following losses in their previous two matches.
The Jets will again have the services of a number of Sharks contracted players, and while the likes of Tony Williams and Sam Tagataese will likely attract most of the attention, the Newtown side have had some of the more unheralded players stand up and make a difference in recent weeks.
Against the Tigers last week Newtown front rower Kurt Dillon, a Sharks NRL-contracted player, made 47 tackles and ran for 189 metres in 61 minutes of play in what was a wholehearted performance at Campbelltown Stadium last Saturday.
His tackle count was the highest of any players in fourth rounds matches of the ISP NSW last weekend.
Others to get busy in the Tigers win included Manaia Cherrington, Jaimin Jolliffe, Kurt Kara and Jayden Walker, with Tony Williams having a notable impact on both attack and defence.
Also of interest this week against the Knights will be the performance of Jesse Ramien, the young centre promoted to the ISP competition after standout efforts for the Sharks NYC team over the first three rounds.
The Jets v Knights ISP NSW game kicks off at 12.40pm at Southern Cross Group Stadium
To see the full match replay of the Jets v Wests Tigers match from Round 4 – click here