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Mounties Michael Bani (left), waiting to set-up another attack from team-mate Dimitri Pelo

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Solid showing from Mounties

July 21 2012

by Jodie Newell

The Mounties have convincingly defeated the Newtown Jets 30-4 in round 20 action of the VB New South Wales Cup played at Henson Park. The victory keeps their finals chances on track, whilst for Newtown the loss adds more pressure to make the cut come September.The Mounties were superb, with plenty of run and carry and never really gave the Jets much of a chance to get back into the game.

In cold wintery conditions, the Mounties ran with a favourable breeze. It could have been a dream start with winger Michael Bani almost scoring in the first five minutes, but he fumbled the ball at the critical time in the try zone.

The Jets countered with an excellent line break from Blake Lazarus, but he also fumbled the ball.The Mounties would not be denied a try this time, when Dimitri Pelo scooped up the ball and ran towards the try-zone before passing to the fullback Eddie El- Zbaidieh. Scott Jones failed to gain the extras, but importantly the Mounties were first on the board 4-0.

Before Newtown were able to counter, the Mounties were again over the try line thanks to a brilliant chase down on the fifth tackle kick by Michael Bani. Bani made amends for his earlier error by pouncing on the ball after a bad bounce for Jets full-back Mark Kheirallah. This time Scott Jones was successful with the conversion and his side were out to a 10-point lead.

Newtown had the opportunity to trouble the Mounties defence, but made several costly handling errors. To the Jets credit they kept working and pushed forward, with Daniel Tupou scoring his team’s first try. Blake Lazarus nearly booted a superb conversion kick taken on a sharp angle, but the ball mercilessly hit the crossbar and bounced the wrong way.

Mounties 10, Jets 4.

It seemed the Jets had oily hands and were unable to secure the ball, when Mounties skipper Pat Galea capitalised on yet another handling error and scored his side’s third try of the game. Kicker Jones made sure of the conversion and his side took a handy 12 point lead at the half time break. Mounties 16 Jets 4.

The Mounties were first back on the field after the break and had to wait a couple of minutes before the Newtown Jets took to the field. One could fairly surmise that Jets coach Greg Matterson was reading the riot act to his charges with regards to ball security.

With the persisting strong breeze, the question was could Newtown capitalise in the conditions. Unfortunately for the Jets it would make no difference, with their ball security seriously letting them down.

The Mounties were able to score another try thanks to excellent field position from a Jets knock-on. Five-Eighth David Farkas executed a deft step and found his way into the try-zone. The conversion was missed by Jones, but the Mounties had upped the scoreboard pressure on the Jets leading 20-4.

The game was iced for the Mounties when yet again Newtown committed another crucial error. David Farkas teamed up with winger Michael Bani who scored his second try of the day and in doing so closed the door on Newtown’s chances. This time MIchael Picker took the extras and the game was basically done and dusted at 26-4.

The Mounties were full of running and scored another try via full-back Eddie El- Zbaidieh. It was El- Zbaidieh’s second for the day and that’s were the scored finished up at 30-4.

It was an outstanding effort by the Mounties, with Michael Bani being the standout of the game. Coach Steve Ghosn was well pleased with his side’s effort, singling out Bani for his excellent work. For Newtown it was a disappointing loss considering they had returned last week to the winner’s circle and were expected to put on a good showing.

Next Sunday sees the Mounties take on Windsor Wolves in the first of a double header played at Ringrose Park, whilst for Newtown they also feature in a double header at North Sydney Oval when they take on the Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers in a must win game.

Final score:  Mounties 30 defeated Newtown Jets 4

Tries Mounties: E Elzbaidieh 2, M Bani 2, D Farkas, P Galea

Tries Jets : D Tupou

Conversions Mounties: S Jones 2, M Picker

Conversions Jets :   -

Referee: Lawrence McDonnell

Touch Judges :  David Ryan, Nathan Smith

Attendance at Henson Park : 8972