A steadily improving Newtown Jets side has scored their third win in a row with an impressive 36-22 triumph over St George Illawarra at WIN Stadium.
It was a win built on some outstanding contributions from some of the younger Jets players, with halfback Bradyen Trindall scoring a hat trick of tries and proving to be a constant threat in attack, Tieg Wilton was non-stop on the left-hand edge, while Jack Williams was a controlling presence at five eighth.
It might be no coincidence that the third Jets win in succession has come since the return from injury of the reliable Williams in the halves.
The Dragons were first on the board when big back rower Jackson Ford sliced through on the Jets right hand side and when the conversion attempt bounced off the left upright it was 4-0 to the home team after the opening 12 minutes of the match.
Undeterred and showing good intent and energy the Jets worked their way back into the contest and it was Trindall who would level up, the half back beating a number of would-be tacklers with a sidestepping run from close range.
With the try scored under the uprights the kick for Trindall to convert his own try was an easy one and the Jets led 6-0.
Encouraged by their first points the Jets pushed into opposition territory once more and this time it was some clever ball movement, with Scott Sorensen, back in the Canterbury Cup to get some much-needed game time, slipping the final pass for youngster Tieg Wilton to touch down.
Trindall converted to make it 12-4 and the Jets had their tails up.
The Dragons crossed for a long-range try against the run of play to narrow the margin to two points, but the Jets kept pressing, went back on the attack and added to their lead, and it was that man Trindall once again as the half back crossed for his second.
Trindall added the extras, giving him 16 points for the half as the Jets went to the break up by 20-10.
While the match was still very much up for grabs, the Jets came out determined to not let their half time advantage slip, Matt Evans crossing in just the second minute of the period, Trindall converting and at 26-10 Newtown had built a match-winning lead.
Sione Katoa made it 30-10 just eight minutes later when backing up a Will Kennedy line break, with Trindall’s third try and subsequent conversion giving him 22 points for the afternoon and pushing his team’s lead out to 36-10.
The Dragons would score twice in the closing stages, in the 66th and 74th minutes, but it was too little too late as the Jets closed out a solid 36-22 victory.
The win by the Jets sees the Newtown side move to the edge of the top eight and when considering their staggered start to their 2019 campaign, has them in a good position to push for a finals berth during the second half of the season.
Brayden Trindall 3, Tieg WIlton, Sione Katoa, Matt Evans tries Trindall 6 goals