Jets v Bears

A gripping VB New South Wales Cup match saw the North Sydney Bears narrowly defeat the Newtown Jets 26-22 at Henson Park on Saturday.

Both sides had a number of NRL inclusions with the Bears featuring Rabbitohs Nathan Peats, George Burgess and Fetuli Talanoa, whilst for the Jets, Roosters Justin Carney, Daniel Mortimer and Anthony Mitchell took to the field.

The first half began, with a strong breeze favouring the Newton end. The Jets were quick to get on the board when they capitalised on a good fourth tackle run by Tom Symonds, Sam Latu capped it off with a try, Jets 4-0. Newtown continued their push forward and were quick to score again when Mark Kheirallah burst across the try line. He was successful with the conversion. Jets 10 - Bears 0.

Norths needed to get back into the game and this came by with two extra sets of six and a goal line drop out. The Bears cashed in with their good fortune with Shaune Corrigan scoring and Justin Hunt converting Jets 10, Bears 6.

The Bears continued to pressure Newtown with excellent play by Justin Hunt. Nathan Peats scored, tying the game at 10 points apiece.

Newtown made life difficult for themselves when they gave away an easy penalty with five minutes remaining in the half. Norths captain Bennett Leslie made the best of the opportunity scoring a try with Justin Hunt converting. North Sydney had done well to lead considering they were facing a strong breeze. The half-time score  North Sydney 16  Newtown 10.

It was obvious that Newtown coach Greg Matterson had given his side a rev-up in the sheds at half time

and they began to lift their work rate.

The Jets persistence paid off with Daniel Tupou scoring in the corner, Mark Kheirallah converted and the game was tied at 16 all.

Norths countered with a Justin Hunt try and conversion, Norths regaining the lead 22-16

The turning point of the match came when winger Curtis Johnston made a stunning intercept from the Jets Daniel Mortimer and broke free bringing the Bears closer to the try line. Nathan Peats made the best of the opportunity and scored. Bears 26 - Jets 16.

With Justin Hunt missing the conversion, Newtown needed two scores to win. Glenn Dumbrell scored  and Daniel Mortimer converted keeping Newton’s chances alive 5 minutes remaining.

The Jets had the final possession but were unable to breach a determined North Sydney defence. The Bears winning 26 - 22.

The healthy crowd at Henson Park witnessed a superb game of rugby league and  certainly got their value for money. The VB New South Wales Cup continues to grow in quality. Players from the NRL seeking much needed form definitely have to work hard and there are no easy plays or points.

Bears coach Wayne Lambkin told NMGSports he was happy to take the points in a close contest

“It was a nice tight game a bit tighter than I would have liked. I felt we kind of wore down the Newtown side in the first half and I was expecting a little bit more from of us in the second half. To Newtown’s credit they always fight hard here and we always knew we were in for a battle”.

Final score:  North Sydney Bears 26 defeated Newtown Jets 22

Tries Bears : N Peats 2, B Leslie, J Hunt, S Corrigan.

Tries Jets : D Topou, S Latu, M Kheirallah, G Dumbrell.

Conversions Bears : J Hunt 3 

Conversions Jets : M Kheirallah 2, D Mortimer 1.

Norths too good for Newtown in thriller at Henson

May 5  2012

by Jodie Newell

Nathan Peats (middle) helped the Bears get over the line

Jet Tom Symonds (middle) tackled by Bears prop George Burgess