The Newtown Jets continued their slow start to the 2019 Canterbury Cup season in slipping to a fourth consecutive loss, going down by 42-10 to the Wentworthville Magpies.
Played in warm conditions at Ringrose Park, the Magpies to a 12-0 advantage to the half time break and from there were never headed, the Jets unable to overcome the loss of some key personnel less than 24-hours prior to the Sunday afternoon kick off.
After battling hard to stay in touch during the first 40 minutes, a try to prop Daniel Vasquez, converted by Braydon Trindall, giving the Jets some hope at 12-6 with plenty of time left on the clock.
A try to Wentworthville just three minutes later tipped the momentum back in the Magpies favur and from there the class of Bevan French, who scored a try and set one up with some silky skills, saw them skip away.
Back rower Siosia Talakai managed to peg one back with a 68th minute four-pointer, but it was too little too late, the Magpies scoring seven tries to two in the win.
Without offering excuses, the Jets were hampered on the day by the late withdrawals of half back Kyle Flanagan and forwards Braden Uele and Ava Seumanfagai.
Flanagan was a late call up into the Sharks NRL squad the previous night, while the two front rowers were placed on standby for next week due to the Sharks mounting injury toll
Winless after four rounds, the task doesn’t get any easier for the Jets next week, with a game against the second-placed North Sydney Bears scheduled for Saturday.
The good news for Newtown fans is the fact that the Jets return to their spiritual home base of Henson Park for the first time in 2019.
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Daniel Vasquez, Siosifa Talakai tries, Bradyon Trindall 2 goals
Wentworthville Magpies 42
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