Newtown Jets Vs Wentworthville Magpies
Henson Park, Saturday, April 12
Referee: Adam Cassidy
By Shane Brien
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Round 6: A winless start to the season is now a distant memory as the Newtown Jets claimed their first win with a 30-22 win over the Wentworthville Magpies at a wet and windy Henson Park.
Dropped ball, a lack of intent in defence and a penalty count stacked against them saw the Magpies put in a forgettable performance in round 6 of the NSW Cup.
Former NRL talent, Arana Taumata was instrumental in the Jets’ victory, setting up several of the Jets tries as well as adding 10 points of his own.
The Magpies opened the scoring through Api Pewhairangi. Fullback Evander Cummins sliced through the Jets defence and then combined with Justin Hunt to send the Magpies centre over for the first try of the match. Luke Kelly converted and Magpies took an early 6-0 lead.
It didn’t take long, five minutes in fact, for diminutive half,Arana Taumata to stamp his authority on the game when he grubbered for himself to score under the posts.
The same man was instrumental in the Jets’ next try after toe poking a wayward pass to keep possession before sending Ryan Verlinden crashing over.
It was tit for tat early on and that continued whn the Magpies responded minutes later through the same combination of Cummins, Hunt and Pewhairangi. The three were involved in a sweeping backline movement, which sent Bureta Faraimo over for the first of two tries.
Brett Cook would have been looking for a mistake free set following the try but it wasn’t to be when Magpies back-rower Danny Howard came up with a knock on in the play the ball. A few plays later, Chris Taripo scored down the left edge for the Jets. Taripo’s unconverted try gave the Jets a 16-12 half time lead.
Both teams needed to set the standard early after the break but unfortunately for the visiting fans, Newtown’s first attacking opportunity resulted in points following a mistake from Evander Cummins. The fullback unable to defuse a Samisoni Langi bomb, handing the Jets some dangerous field position and the Jets duly obliged when Saulala Houma crashed over a few plays later.
With Taumata’s conversion, the Jets had a commanding 22-12 lead.
The Magpies needed to respond and that’s exactly what they did with back-to-back tries through Faraimo (double) and Hunt to level the score up 22-all in the space of five minutes.
With just over 10 minutes remaining on the clock the match was poised and it was a former NRL star in Shannon Gallant who produced a spectacular try saving effort following Justin Hunt chip which looked certain to produce points with Ben Jones racing through. But it wasn’t to be for the visitors.
From the very next play Jets’ hooker Jordan Galloway ran 80 metres through the middle of the field to put his team in an attacking position and from there the ball found Saulala Houma for his second try of the afternoon and what proved to be the knock-out punch.
Up by 6 with time left for the Magpies to level up the match you just had the feeling it wasn’t going to be their day and that proved to be the case with a penalty goal in the 79th minute all but ending any chance the Magpies had of victory and bringing to a halt the recent domination the Jets have had over them in recent times.
After what coach Brett Cook described as a game full of “silly errors” Wentworthville will be looking to bounce back in round 7 when they host the Mounties at Ringrose Park.
Newtown Jets 30 (S Houma 2, A Taumata, C Taripo, R Verlinden tries; A Taumata 5 goals) def. Wentworthville Magpies 22 (B Faraimo 2, A Pewhairangi, J Hunt tries; L Kelly 3 goals) at