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The Newtown Jets made a somewhat inglorious return to Allianz Stadium last Saturday, when they were given a 46-8 thrashing by Wests Tigers in a NSW Cup rugby league trial match. The Jets last appeared at the Sydney Football Stadium (now Allianz Stadium) back in 2008. A spate of late team changes didnt assist the defending premiers in their pre-match preparation or in their on-field cohesion.

The Jets turned on a good performance for most of the first half, despite running into a strong wind and with the Tigers enjoying a surplus of possession. Newtown winger Paul Rokolati scored in the 24th minute but the Tigers seized control of the game with three converted tries in the last ten minutes of the first half.

Newtowns less experienced squad in the second half found it hard to contain the powerful Tigers forward pack and the Wests Tigers backs took full advantage of some indifferent defence. Winger Mitch Stevens scored Newtowns second try just before full-time.

Jets forwards Andrew Pearn, Ahmad Ellaz, Saulala Houma and Josh Ailaomai all played strongly and halfback Ben Jones, formerly with the Roosters and the Cowboys, showed some deft touches with the ball that augured well for the competition rounds. Winger Chris Taripo also impressed with his determined running. Hooker Kurt Kara suffered a fractured eye socket and will miss several of the early competition rounds.

The Newtown coaching staff will be keen to get their first round team fully organised as the opening round of the 2013 VB NSW Cup fast approaches. The Jets first assignment is against the Illawarra Cutters at the WIN Stadium, Wollongong on Saturday, 9th March at 3.00pm.

Newtown Jets News:

The Newtown RLFC annual season launch Tuesday, 5th March: The Jets annual season launch is always one of the highlights of the Newtown RLFC calendar and this year is certainly no exception. Bookings are still open and you can obtain all the necessary details on this link:

New Jets merchandise is available now, including classy new t-shirts and kids caps go to this link for more details:

With the VB NSW Cup premiership rounds just about to get underway, theres no better way of showing your support for the mighty Newtown Jets than by taking out a season membership. Get your family members and friends to join also theres a wide range of membership packages to suit different budgets:
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