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Jets soar into GF qualifier

The Jets have fired a warning shot to the teams remaining in the Intrust Super Premiership competition with a convincing 34-16 victory over Mounties in their elimination finals match played at Kogarah Jubilee Oval.

The ISP's highest scoring team again displayed their attacking prowess in scoring five tries on the day, four in a dominant first half in eliminating Mounties and moving through a Grand Final qualifier against the Penrith Panthers next week.

It was an impressive display from the young Jets side, one which included a number of strong performances from Sharks youngsters Kyle Flanagan, Blayke Brailey, Briton Nikora and Will Kennedy.

After doggedly defending their line before conceding a penalty goal to the Mounties the momentum would switch and the Jets clicked into gear.

Working their way into an attacking position it would be Briton Nikora to post the first try, the young backrower running strongly onto a short pass before crashing over adjacent to the posts.

Kyle Flanagan added the extras and it was 6-2 to the Jets midway through the first half.

A couple of Mounties errors gifted the Jets field position once again and once more they would make they pay, this time if was a cleverly weighted kick from Blayke Brailey that saw Billy Magoulias easily win the race to the ball to score Newtown's second.

Flanagan again made no mistake with the easy conversion and the Jets had a handy 12-2 advantage.

Now well on top the Jets continued to press and with around five minutes of the half remaining pushed their lead out further, Flanagan finding Will Kennedy close to the line, with the fullback strolling over untouched.

With the extra two points it was 18-2 with the Jets taking a match-winning lead into the break.

Mounties predictably came out with plenty of energy in the early moments of the second period but again the Jets turned that around and it came through Sione Katoa and a 90-metre run from his own in-goal to just 10-metres out from the opposite try line.

A penalty for off-side came off the back of the Katoa run to make it 20-2 and it would be the same man to take the lead out even further, the exciting young winger planting the ball down in the north-easter corner of Kogarah Oval after a smart scrum move that involved Flanagan, Kennedy and Aaron Gray.

To roars of approval from the Newtown fans, Flanagan kicked the sideline conversion with the Jets up 26-2 with 30-minutes left on the clock.

And things would get better for the Jets but go from bad to worse for their opponents, Wes Lolo crashing over through the middle of the Mounties ruck for a try that would certainly seal the result.

On the back of a seven tackle set then a penalty, Mounties would post their first points with a try wide out to winger Tony Satini and a sideline conversion, but at 32-8 the Jets still had the result well and truly in their keeping with 18 minutes left.

Throwing caution to the wind Mounties would score a consolation try through backrower Makahesi Makotoa but it was too little too late, a Flanagan penalty goal completing the Jets scoring, before Taane Milne would barge over the in the dying seconds.

Newtown 34

Sione Katoa, Will Kennedy, Briton Nikora, Billy Magoulias, Wes Lolo tries, Kyle Flanagan 7 goals


Mounties 16

Tony Satini, Makahesi Makotoa, Tanne Milne tries, Sitiveni Moceidreke 2 goals

Newtown's next game details:
NSWRL Intrust Super Premiership NSW – Second Preliminary Final
Sunday, 16th September 2018
Leichhardt Oval
Penrith v Newtown
Kick-Off: 5.00pm.

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