Match report from the NSWRL website: -
by Anthony Eltarraf
Demetriou hat-trick helps Jets to fifth win of the season
Newtown Jets remain undefeated after five rounds with a convincing victory over Western Suburbs Magpies. Addison Demetriou scored a hat-trick in a brilliant display to help his side to a 40-10 win at Henson Park.
It was the home side who opened the scoring through a barging Reubenn Rennie, who was able to power his way over the line for his third try in just as many games.
The Jets found themselves in good field position again after a successful 40/20 attempt by Braydon Trindall. This allowed for centre Addison Demetriou to add his name to the scoresheet, bursting through a hole in the opposition defence to double his side’s lead.
The Magpies were able to respond before the end of the first half through Junior Pauga, who dived on a loose ball from a grubber to score in the corner. An unsuccessful conversion attempt meant the Magpies went into the sheds trailing by eight.
It didn’t take long for the second half scoring to kick off with Jets fullback Kade Dykes showcasing his speed and agility, exploding through the line and getting around his opposition number to score between the posts.
The Jets went back-to-back again, this time scoring through Tyla Tamou who dived in the corner to extend the lead to 22-4.
The away side refused to give up, capitalising on a golden opportunity in the Jets red zone through Junior Tupou. Halfback Ben Stevanovic converted from the sideline to cut the margin to two converted tries.
Two more tries to the Jets through Addison Demetriou, scoring his second of the match, and through the ever-present Braydon Trindall further extended the Jets lead, before Demetriou completed his hat-trick and sealed his team's 40-10 victory at Henson Park.
Jets centre Addison Demetriou put on a brilliant display, presenting himself at every opportunity to secure a hat-trick.
Braydon Trindall continues to knock on the door of the Sharks’ first grade side despite their star signings, scoring a try himself and controlling the tempo all throughout the match.
The Magpies still have a lot of work to do in order to find their form and secure their first victory of the 2022 season.
An early onslaught from the travelling side at the beginning of the second half would have proven threatening, had they capitalised. However it was the Jets’ rock solid defence that held off the Magpies, before the home team put on an attacking master-class to score 28 points in the second half.
The Newtown Jets travel to Sydney Olympic Park to take on the South Sydney Rabbitohs next week, while the Magpies search for their first victory of the season against the Parramatta Eels on Easter Monday.
(NB The match against South Sydney is actually being played at the Ironbark High Performance Centre, Redfern (the former Redfern Oval) on Saturday, 16th April at 3.00pm.
Jets v Magpies - Match Highlights - CLICK HERE
Addison Demetriou 3, Reubenn Rennie, Kade Dykes, Tyla Tamou, Braydon Trindall tries;
Braydon Trindall 3, Lachlan Miller 3 conversions
Western Suburbs 10
Junior Pauga, Junior Tupou tries;
Ben Stevanovic 1 conversion.
Half-Time: Newtown led 12-4.
Newtown’s team was:
Fullback: Kade Dykes
Wingers: Jonaiah Lualua, Tyla Tamou
Centres: Addison Demetriou, Kayal Iro
Five-Eighth: Lachlan Miller
Half-Back: Braydon Trindall
Lock: Tyler Slade
Second-Rowers: Charbel Tasipale, Reubenn Rennie
Front-Rowers: Thomas Hazelton, Franklin Pele
Hooker: Rhys Davies.
Interchange: Zac Woolford, Kurt Dillon, Ethan Natoli, Vincent Rennie.
Reserve: Johnathan Tufuga.
Coach: Greg Matterson.
Fullback: Logen Dillon
Wingers: Israel Ogden, Johnny Mitsias
Centres: Junior Pauga, Junior Tupou
Five-Eighth: Joseph Taipari
Half-Back: Ben Stevanovic
Lock: Tom Freebairn
Second-Rowers: Tukimihia Simpkins, Henry O’Kane
Front-Rowers: Austin Dias, Aitasi James
Hooker: Rua Ngatikaura
Interchange: Felix Smith, Billy Stapleton, Ray Jankuvic, Adam Perry.
Coach: Wayne Lambkin.
Newtown's Next game
NSWRL Knock-On Effect NSW Cup
Saturday, 16th April 2022
Ironbark High Performance Centre, Redfern (the former Redfern Oval)
South Sydney v Newtown