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Jets land finals berth with Magpies win

The Newtown Jets have secured a place in the upcoming Canterbury Cup Finals series after scoring a convincing 42-14 victory over the Western Suburbs Magpies.

In one of their more complete performances of 2019, the Jets crossed for eight tries, some of those spectacular efforts, with the two points seeing them move into seventh position and three clear of the ninth placed Warriors with only one game in the regular season remaining. 

The Jets benefitted from the late inclusion of Sharks contracted players in Scott Sorensen, Kyle Flanagan and Sione Katoa, while Greg Eastwood had arguably his best game in Newtown colours after joining the club at the start of the year.

The former Bulldogs and ex-Kiwi international scored two tries and was a handful throughout the game.

Winger Luke Polselli scored twice, the first coming in just the seventh minute when he accepted the last pass after a strong run from centre Jackson Ferris as the Jets jumped out to an early lead.

The Magpies would then get on a run to go in front 8-6 some 15 minutes in but from there it was all Newtown for the remainder of the half. 

Flanagan managed a try, beating a couple of defenders from close range and the subsequent conversion put his team back in front, before four more Jets tries took them to half time with a commanding 26-8 lead. 

One of those four-pointers came after an acrobatic effort from Katoa, with the winger claiming a Flanagan grubber kick and diving into the in-goal to touch down. 

The second half turned into a procession, Eastwood and Polselli both notching their second tries of the match, with Will Kennedy completing the scoring just minutes before full time. 

Flanagan kicked five goals to go with his try for a 14 point tally.

The match also saw Sharks Jersey Flegg player Tom Hazleton debut in the Canterbury Cup, with a lanky front rower solid for the Jets in his first game at the higher level. 

With the win the Jets moved to 23 competition points and next week play the Newcastle Knights, however even with a win are unlikely to improve on their seventh position heading into week one of the Finals. 

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