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Panthers prove too strong for Jets in top of table showdown

By Newtown Jets Media
The Penrith Panthers proved why they are the favourites for the 2022 Knock-On Effect NSW Cup premiership title when they convincingly defeated the Newtown Jets by 26-6 at Henson Park on Saturday.

The match between the competition’s top two teams was played in front of a good attendance and in better weather conditions than had been predicted earlier in the week.

Such is the competitiveness of this year’s NSW Cup premiership quest, Newtown has slipped from first place to fourth place as a result of Saturday’s loss. The top half of the NSW Cup points table now reads in this sequence: Penrith (22 points), Canterbury (22), Norths (22), Newtown (21), Souths (20) and Canberra (20).

The first half of Saturday’s match was a genuine contest, with Penrith the first to score through a converted try in the 11th minute. The Jets responded with a try to centre Kayal Iro (which was converted by Luke Metcalf), levelling the score at 6-all. Tries to the Panthers in the 39th minute and then in the 41st minute (both converted) changed the complexion of the game and made Newtown’s task very difficult.

Penrith added two further tries in the 49th and 72nd minutes for what was the Panthers final winning margin. Newtown threw plenty at the Penrith defence at their end of the field during the second half, but the Panthers renowned defensive discipline and system (as shown so regularly by their NRL team) kept their try-line intact throughout the entire second session.

Newtown’s loss in this match demonstrated the strength and organisation of the Panthers attack and defence. As aptly described on another website: “You could be mistaken for thinking you were watching Penrith’s first grade side with their line speed and their aggression in both attack and defence. Penrith’s tries on either side of half-time really set the foundation for the victory.”

The Jets fielded a late surprise inclusion in 2019 finals hero Billy Magoulias, who has been released from the Warrington Super League club. Another new signing was the former Canterbury forward Kayne-Lee Kalache.

Next weekend is a general bye for the NSW Cup competition, and Newtown’s next match in Round 16 will be against Canterbury-Bankstown at CommBank Stadium on Saturday, 2nd July at 12.40pm.

The Newtown RLFC would like to congratulate centre Kayal Iro, second-rower Reubenn Rennie and front-rower Vincent Rennie on their selection in the Cook Islands Rugby League national team to play Samoa in the Pacific Test at Campbelltown Sports Stadium next Saturday, 25th June, at 5.40pm.

Penrith 26:
Daeon Amituanai 2, Sean O’Sullivan, John Faiumu, Trent Toelau tries;
Sean O’Sullivan 3 conversions
Newtown 6:
Kayal Iro try; Luke Metcalf 1 conversion.
Half-Time: Penrith led 12-6.

Courtesy of the NSWRL website, here are the highlights from Saturday's Newtown v Penrith NSW Cup match: CLICK HERE 

Newtown’s team:
Lachlan Miller
Jonaiah Lualua, Jensen Taumoepeau
Addison Demetriou, Kayal Iro
Kade Dykes, Luke Metcalf
Billy Magoulias
Jesse Colquhoun, Myles-Lee Taueli
Franklin Pele, Thomas Hazelton
Jayden Berrell (Capt).
Interchange: Tyler Slade, Rhys Davies, Caleb Uele, Kayne-Lee Kalache.
Coach: Greg Matterson.

Penrith’s team:
Charlie Staines
Christian Crichton, Daeon Amituanai
Sunia Turuva, Robert Jennings
Trent Toelau, Sean O’Sullivan
J’Maine Hopgood
Preston Riki, Chris Smith
Lindsay Smith, Eddie Blacker
Luke Somerton.
Interchange: Connor Mason, Liam Henry, Alec Susino, John Faiumu.
Coach: Peter Wallace.

Saturday's match timeline:
11th minute: Sean O’Sullivan try. 4-0.
12th minute: Sean O’Sullivan conversion; Penrith 6-0.
21st minute: Kayal Iro try. Penrith 6-4.
23rd minute: Luke Metcalf conversion. 6-all.
39th minute: John Faiumu try; Sean O’Sullivan conversion. 12-6.
Half-Time: Penrith 12-6.
41st minute: Trent Toelau try. 16-6.
43rd minute: Sean O’Sullivan conversion. Penrith 18-6.
49th minute: Daeon Amituanai try; not converted. Penrith 22-6.
73rd minute: Daeon Amituanai try; not converted. Penrith 26-6.
79th minute: Sean O’Sullivan unsuccessful penalty goal attempt.
Full-Time: Penrith 26-6.

Photo courtesy Mario Facchini, mafphotography

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