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Jets outclass Tigers in heated encounter

July 30 2012

by Jodie Newell

The Newtown Jets finals aspirations have received a huge boost when they defeated the Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers in a heated round 21 VB NSW Cup clash at North Sydney Oval on Sunday. For the Tigers it was a fixture they would want to forget quickly as they played the majority of the game without a full side. Taqele Naiyaravaro was sent off in the first half, whilst captain Sean Meaney was sin binned in the final ten minutes.

Newtown benefited from the inclusion of NRL / Roosters stars in Daniel Mortimer and Mose Masoe who both made an instant impact to the Jets game. Mosoe on several occasions pushed the Tigers defense with bullocking runs up the middle, whilst Mortimer playing at five-eighth, was the player of the match creating many attacking plays and scoring two tries and three conversions.

In the first 15 minutes, it looked as if Newtown’s handling errors from last week would again haunt the side as they gave up possession on several occasions to Balmain. The Jets were able to steady themselves and were soon on the scoreboard with a try to winger Daniel Tupou, with the conversion missed by Mortimer.

The Tigers countered shortly thereafter when Josh Davis posted his sides first try with skipper Sean Meaney successfully converting to take the lead at 6-4. Wests Tigers / NRL player in Joel Reddy was adding plenty of spice to the Balmain attack with the Newtown defense ever watchful of his creative play.

The Jets were quick to answer the Balmain try. Daniel Mortimer escaped the clutches of the Tiger defense to post the Jets second try, with Mark Kheirallah booting the extras. Newtown were back in the lead at 10-6

In surely what was the turning point of the game, Tigers big-man Taqele Naiyaravaro was sent from the field by referee David Munro after he laid a high shot on Newtown’s Blake Williamson. The Jets immediately cashed in on the benefit of having an extra player when Adam Henry scored. Kheirallah missed the conversion, but the Jets now had a 14-6 lead.

At the 35th minute of the half, Newtown went on to put together what possibly could be described as the try of year. Early in the tackle count, Daniel Mortimer crafted a delicate chip kick from midfield which evaded Joel Reddy. Newtown scooped up the ball, with razzle dazzle passing from Daniel Tupou, Adam Henry and Brad Barrett. It was Barrett who put the icing on the cake with a spectacular try. Mortimer successfully converted. To quote the Triple H broadcaster ‘Sultan of the Sideline” Tony Dosen, “Do yourself a favor and make sure to tune into Fox Sports this week and see a fantastic try” (Fox Sports 2, Wednesday, August 1, 4.30pm).

At the half time break, Newtown coach Greg Matterson urged his players to keep the pressure on Balmain. He told them that whilst the Tigers were one man down, it wasn't the sole reason behind their 14 point lead. He told them he was pleased with their efforts, whilst Daniel Mortimer encouraged his forwards to run hard at the Tigers defense. Matterson warned his players to be mindful of tackles and onside calls and to not give the referee any reason to award penalties against his side.

The second half got underway and much to the chagrin of coach Matterson, the Jets did give away a number of penalties and were fortunate that the Tigers, who were working hard to get back into the game, weren't able to capitalize on their opportunities.

The Jets put Balmain’s chances to the sword when Mose Masoe barged through the Balmain defense to gave off a slick pass to Daniel Mortimer who capped off a superb try at the 53 rd minute. He converted and the Jets now had a commanding lead of 20 points.

The game finished with tries to Balmain’s Dane Craig and Jarrod Farlow, whilst for Newtown Jack Littlejohn and Samiu Latu scored their final tries. During the last ten minutes of the game, Balmain was reduced to eleven players , when skipper Sean Meaney was sin binned for dissent, ending an awful day for the Tiger combine.

For Newtown it was one of their best wins of the year and significantly enhances their finals chances in a tight competition.

Newtown next week face an inform Manly who upset Cronulla at Brookvale, whilst Balmain Ryde Eastwood face a tough away assignment against the Windsor Wolves.

Final score:  Newtown Jets 36 defeated Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers 18

Tries Jets: D Mortimer 2, D Tupou, A Henry, S Latu, J Littlejohn, B Barrett

Tries Tigers : J Farlow, J Davis, D Craig

Conversions Jets: D Mortimer 3, M Kheirallah

Conversions Tigers :  S Meaney 2, D Craig

Referee: David Munro

Touch Judges :  Nathan Smith Brenden Wood

Newtown’s Adam Henry (in blue) under the pump from Tigers Joel Reddy (right), Josh Davis (left) and Nathan Waters (middle)

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