The Newtown Jets slipped to a second loss to start their 2019 season in going down to Mounties at Shark Park on Saturday.
Following on from a defeat at the hands of Newcastle in week one, the Jets will be desperate to turn around their fortunes when they play Souths on Sunday.
See below the NSWRL match report from the games against Mounties last weekend.
Bateman stars as Mounties tame winless Jets
By Kristy Harris
James Segeyaro’s late inclusion for the Newtown Jets wasn’t enough to tame a ruthless Mounties outfit as they dominated with a 32-16 victory at Shark Park on Saturday.
Hopes were high for the Jets as they welcomed Segeyaro and Kyle Flanagan into the starting line-up, but the Mounties were too strong from start to finish as they earned their first victory of the year.
Mounties co-captain Luke Bateman, with 70 NRL games under his belt, charged his way to the try-line for the first of the day as his side crossed for five more in a relentless 16-point victory.
Winger Tony Satini used his dynamic strength to get his body over the line on two occasions for the Mounties, one of which coming in the dying stages to seal an impressive victory.
Meanwhile, Hudson Young backed up his stellar two-try performance with a powerful display on the edge and is sure to put himself in the frame of first-grade selection following an injury to Raiders star Joseph Tapine.
Young crossed for an early try in the 13th minute shortly after Bateman opened the scoring as the Mounties peppered the Jets try-line with constant attacking raids.
But a classy backline movement saw Newtown hit back through Matt Evans just moments later, but they were unable to capitalise on their momentum as the Mounties raced out to a 22-6 lead at half-time after tries to Satini and Sebastian Kris.
Bailey Simonsson got his name on the scoresheet after enjoying a strong NRL debut against the Titans in Round 1, while the Jets rued the loss of Jackson Ferris after he left the field with a fractured hand.
The Jets whipped into shape following a stern half-time message from coach Greg Matterson with two tries in the second-half, the first courtesy of a William Kennedy run from his own end which was finished with a powerful Bronson Xerri effort from close-range.
Xerri again proved threatening as the full-time siren drew near after he skipped across field from a left-to-right shift before finding Siosifa Talakai to give the Jets a glimmer of hope.
But while they had their chance to salvage a possible comeback with valuable field position in the closing stages, the Mounties defence held strong.
Bronson Xerri, Siosifa Talakai, Matt Evans tries, Kyle Flanagan 2 goals
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