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Jets blitz the Bulldogs to fly into Grand Final

September 25 2012

by Jodie Newell

The dream run continues for the Newtown Jets when they booked their place in the VB NSW Cup Grand FInal with an impressive preliminary final win against the minor premiers Canterbury Bankstown 34-6 at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.

Next week at ANZ Stadium, the Jets will face the Balmain Tigers who have had a similar winning run.

There’s a lot of backbone in this side”

- Greg Matterson, Newtown Jets coach

Something akin to the Blues Brothers “We are on a mission from God”, The Jets have made every contest a winner since their miraculous victory against the Illawarra Cutters at Henson Park in late August where they were one kick away from finals oblivion.

The Newtown Jets comprehensively won the game in superb fashion. They kept up the pressure on the scoreboard and in the second half never let the Dogs gain any chance of getting back into the game.

In sunny warm conditions, the game began with the usual testing of the defenses. Whilst there were no scores in the first 15 minutes, one could fairly surmise that Newtown had begun the game in a much better fashion than in previous weeks. Sides have racked up early points against the Jets who have been forced to play catch-up rugby league. There was no need for the dramatic this week as Newtown applied themselves brilliantly.

However it was Canterbury Bankstown who broke the deadlock thanks to a slick chain of passes from Jake Foster and Drury Lane who found Trent Cutler to score the first try. Bryson Goodwin booted truly for the extras and the Dogs had a 6-0 lead.

The Jets would not be phased by the Dogs scoring. Jack Bosden quickly responded when he found himself over the tryline with Daniel Mortimer easily converting, bringing the game back to level pegging 6-6.

Nafe Seluini who had featured heavily in the setup of the Bosden try was at it again when he made a surging run up the middle before offloading to the big winger in Justin Carney. Carney sprinted towards the tryline outpacing his Bulldog opponents. Mortimer converted and the Jets were up 12-6.

With the half-time break approaching, Newtown weren't finished scoring yet. Adam Henry soon found himself scoring and again Mortimer added the two. The Jets had a firm grip on the game leading 18-6.

The second half began perfectly for the Jets when Adam Henry again scored, bringing up his second try of the game, Mortimer missed the conversion, Jets 22-6.

Canterbury Bankstown had to get back in the game but were thwarted at every attempt by a determined Newtown defense who forced the Dogs into several handling errors. As good sides do, they punished those mistakes by posting another try.

This time Daniel Tupou caught a high 5th tackle bomb and in true AFL style, took an absolute screamer to mark the ball and then solidly plant it into the Leichhardt Oval turf. Mortimer missed the conversion, Jets up 26-6.

In the play that epitomized Newtown's attack on the game, Prop Mose Masoe surged at the Bulldogs defense, tirelessly pumping his legs to gain every centimeter possible. With Canterbury defenders all over him, he won a well deserved penalty. Daniel Mortimer advised the referee to point at the uprights and he calmly struck another two points on the board for the Jets 28-6.

The Dogs looked absolutely spent by the Newtown attack. They appeared as though the week off had taken the edge off their condition. Many players had their hands on their hips as they slowly prepared themselves for another Jets onslaught.

The next score came when the Daniel Mortimer passed off to Kurt Kara who made sure the game was put right out of the reach of the Bulldogs and scored a try under the posts. Mortimer finished off with the extras and that’s were the score ended at 34-6.

The Newtown faithful roared with approval as their team had made the Grand Final. A sea of blue and white flags and jerseys could be seen in the stands and bleachers at Leichhardt.

For Canterbury Bankstown it was a disappointing end to their season. They would have liked to have opened next week’s Grand Final day with their first grade team in the big NRL decider. Unfortunately, It was not meant to be as they ran into a super hot Jets team who had beaten the favorite sides throughout the finals series.

For Newtown it was easily their best performance of September. Whilst coach Greg Matterson thought his team began a little slower, he would have been delighted with their commitment in never letting the Dogs have any chance to get back into the game. It will be an intriguing grand final against Balmain Ryde Eastwood who are also in super form. The VB NSW Cup Grand Final will be played at ANZ Stadium Homebush at 12 pm next Sunday.

Masoe Masoe (left) makes sure Canterbury Bankstown’s  Martin Taupau isn't going anywhere, whilst Nafe Seluini looks on (on ground, right)

image: 2012 NewellMediaGroup

Final score:  Newtown Jets 34 defeated Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs 6

Tries Jets: Adam Henry 2, Jack Bosden, Justin Carney, Daniel Tupou, Kurt Kara

Tries Bulldogs: Trent Cutler

Conversions Jets:  Daniel Mortimer 5

Conversions Bulldogs:  Bryson Goodwin

Referee: Matt Noyen

Touch Judges :  John Woods  Richard Daizli

In-goal Judges :  Peter Sciberras Scott Shepard

At Leichhardt Oval