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Affiliate Wrap: Bears Overcome Jets in Field-Goal Thriller

A field-goal to Jesse Marschke helped the North Sydney Bears to secure their third consecutive win of the NSW Cup season, downing the Newtown Jets 29-28 at Henson Park on Saturday afternoon. 

While the Ipswich Jets and Glebe Dirty Reds suffered unfortunate losses in the Hostplus (Queensland) Cup and Ron Massey Cup competitions. 

North Sydney Bears

The North Sydney Bears recorded their third win in a row, sealing a narrow 29-28 win courtesy of a Jesse Marschke field goal, to beat the Newtown Jets at Henson Park on Saturday afternoon.

Newtown shot out of the blocks early, claiming three tries in the first twenty minutes to cruise into the break with a 22-6 lead.

But the Bears rallied in the second half, sending Junior Pauga over the stripe twice while Billy Smith claimed his first try after recovering from an ACL injury, to help North Sydney steal the lead with only nine minutes of play remaining.

The hosts struck back through Kayal Iro to level the scores in the 73rd minute before five-eighth Jesse Marschke slotted a field goal to vanquish the Jets.

Ipswich Jets

In the Queensland Cup, the Ipswich Jets were beaten by the Western Clydesdales 46-10 in a Battle of the West at Clive Berghofer Stadium in Toowoomba. 

A third try of the season for back-rower Jerome Veve wasn’t enough for the Jets, as five tries to opposition winger Mitchell Watson and nine in total for the Clydesdales kept Ispwich well out of the contest.

Prop Gordon Whippy was strong across the park, breaking four tackles and making a game-high 30 tackles in his 63-minute stint. While debutant Flynn Groth made an impact off the interchange bench.

Glebe Dirty Reds

In the Ron Massey Cup, Glebe Dirty Reds suffered their first loss of the 2023 season, going down 42-12 against Hills Bulls at Crestwood Reserve on Sunday afternoon.

The Dirty Reds showed early resolve when they took the lead in the 16th minute through Harry Mckeon, following five-eighth Riley Travers’ sin-binning seven minutes prior.

The Glebe fullback grabbed his second try of the match shortly before half-time to send the Dirty Reds into the break with a 12-10 lead.

The game took a drastic turn in the second half as Hills ran in five tries to blow out the previously undefeated Dirty Reds' outfit. 

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