Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Newtown Jets V Cutters Match Report from the Cooks River Valley times

Photo Courtesy of mafphotography

Jets flew highest in first half hour

Daniel Mortimer goes in to score for the Newtown Jets against the Illawarra Cutters on Saturday, while his team captain Kurt Kara lends close support.

THIS season's best crowd at Henson Park saw the Jets put on an authoritative display, scoring five tries in the first 25 minutes to defeat the Cutters by 42-22.

Daniel Mortimer, on loan from the Sydney Roosters and playing at five-eighth with all the flair he showed in the latter part of the 2012 premiership season, scored Newtown's first two tries and was to be involved in others.
Fullback Jonathon Reuben has recaptured the try-scoring form that saw him rated as one of the players of the year in the 2013 Holden Cup competition, and he crossed the stripe twice for Newtown in the first half.
Sydney Roosters Holden Cup front-rower Willis Meehan made his NSW Cup competition match debut with the Jets and powered over for one of Newtown's first half tries. The Jets led 24-6 at the break.

Newtown added to their half-time lead with a try to second-rower Rhyse Martin five minutes into the second half.
The fourth-placed Cutters started to get a better share of possession and gathered momentum as they staged their inevitable fightback. The South Coast boys scored two quick tries and when they posted their third try of the second half in the 20th minute, they were right back in the game, trailing by 30-22.
The Jets managed to regroup and an outstanding try to the impressive 18-year-old Meehan, virtually settled the contest. Halfback Arana Taumata darted across with nine minutes left to wrap up the result for Newtown. Rhyse Martin kicked two goals in the first half and Taumata took over the goal-kicking duties in the second session and landed three conversions.
Jets head coach Greg Matterson regarded the opening 30 minutes as being close to the best football played by the Newtown team this season.
"Saturday's win showed the benefits of a team showing more cohesion, belief in each other, enthusiasm and focus," he said.
The Jets take on the third-placed Mounties next Saturday at Allianz Stadium at 3.10pm.

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