With almost 9,000 fans in attendance, the last-placed Newtown Jets bounced back from a disappointing loss to the Knights last week, defeating the Mounties 30-14 at Henson Park.
It did not take long for the tries to start rolling in, with the Mounties scoring the first of the game through Rhys Davies, who touched down for his third try of the season. An unsuccessful conversion attempt from halfback Kamren Cryer kept the opening score at 4-0.
The Jets however, were quick to respond with a try to their halfback Tyla Tamou who regathered the ball from a chip over the Mounties’ defence to run away and score between the posts. Jets’ fullback Luke Metcalf converted easily to take his side to a two-point lead.
Both teams were trading blows in the first half, with Mounties scoring the next try just six minutes later through a beautiful spread of the ball to winger Watson Heleta to score near the corner. Cryer missed the conversion yet again, keeping Mounties two points in front.
With both sides looking dangerous with the ball, it was Luke Metcalf who showed a brilliant solo display to slice his way through Mounties’ line and score in the corner. Converting his own try, the fullback gave his side a four-point lead.
An error by Mounties gave Newtown another opportunity to extend their lead just before half time. The Jets did just that through Nene McDonald, who broke through Mounties line to score next to the posts. Metcalf successfully converted again to take his side into the sheds, 18-8 at half time.
The second half began just as eventful as the end of the first, as the Jets saw their club debutant Will Chambers sent to the sin bin just nine minutes into the half.
Mounties made them pay eight minutes later, through Kieran Moss who fought his way over the line to get his side back in the game. Kamren Cryer converted for the first time in the game to bring Mounties within just four points.
After Will Chambers returned to the field, the Jets looked have all the momentum yet again, before a beautifully worked chip and chase awarded a try to Bronson Garlick. Metcalf missed the conversion for the first time in the game, keeping his side in front by 10.
With the end of the game nearing, Bronson Garlick secured a double and a Jets win by gathering a loose ball from a grubber to score between the posts, before Luke Metcalf converted to secure the Jets’ 30-14 win.
Newtown 30 (Bronson Garlick 2, Nene Macdonald, Luke Metcalf, Tyla Tamou tries: Luke Metcalf 4 goals)
Mounties 14 (Rhys Davies, Watson Heleta, Kieren Moss tries: Kamren Cryer goal)