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Jets cruise to victory over struggling Magpies

July 14 2012

by Jodie Newell

The Newtown Jets have posted a big 52-point win over the struggling, winless West Magpies in round nineteen action of the VB New South Wales Cup played at Henson Park, Newtown.

With sunny skies prevailing and an excellent crowd in attendance, the Newtown Jets were never really troubled by the Wests Magpies whose season of woe continues.

The Magpies started well enough and were the first team to score thanks to Henry Godinet who snuck over the tryline. Latu Fafita missed the conversion, but Wests had the lead.

The try seemed to spark Newtown into action and it wasn't long before the Jets were on the board courtesy of a Saululu Houma try. Blake Lazarus converted and the Jets gained the lead 6-4.

In earlier games when Wests have lost the lead they have put their heads down and let in try after try. In this instance they kept working hard and were competitive. Big Wests forward Seefa Silafau gave no quarter and solidly tackled the Newtown attack.

On the back of a puzzling penalty in favour of Newtown, the Jets scored again via Glen Dumbrell with a Lazarus conversion. That left the score at 18-4 at the half time break.

Whilst Wests had done reasonably well in the first half, the Jets would dominate in the following stanza. Mark Kheirallah opened the Jets account and was quickly backed up by another try to Daniel Tupou. In the blink of an eye, the Jets lead had skipped out to a 26 point lead.

To Wests credit they continued to plug away. Thanks to an excellent steal from Wests winger Michael Le Manna, the Magpies posted their second try of the day. Le Manna had surged forward passing the ball to Chris Nay who retuned the ball and Le Manna scored a well deserved try.

That was the last time Wests would score again with the Newtown Jets asserting their dominance with a succession of tries from Dylan Napa, Daniel Tupou, Usara O’Sullivan, Mark Kheirallah and Andrew Pearn.

It was a solid performance from the Newtown team who have found the past few weeks difficult, posting successive losses. For Wests it was the same old story of once being opened up in defence, there was no stopping the damage.

Newtown play again at Henson Park next week against the Mounties, whilst Wests Magpies face a tough home assignment against an in-form Cronulla Sharks at Campbelltown.

Final score:  Newtown Jets 60 defeated Wests Magpies 8

Tries Jets : M Kheirallah 2, D Tupou 2, S Houma, A Alofa, G Dumbrell, D Napa, A Pearn, U OSullivan

Tries Magpies : H Godinet, M Le Manna

Conversions Jets : B Lazarus 8, M Kheirallah 2

Conversions Magpies :   -

An excellent crowd was in attendance at Henson Park on Saturday

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