The Newtown Jets paid big time for a sub-standard first half in yesterday's First Division match against St. George-Illawarra at Aussie Stadium. The Jets' woes were compounded by a savage injury toll, with three players suffering serious injuries. Trailing by 34-4 at halftime, Newtown showed considerable fighting qualities to contain what might have been a total rout, eventually going down to the Dragons by 50-14.
The major contributing factors to Newtown's wretched first half were poor numbering up in defence and sloppy ball control. The Dragons enjoyed an almost two to one dominance in possession, and ruthlessly punished the Jets lack of coordination in defence, adding three tries in the last eight minutes of the first half.
Jets forwards Tere Glassie, Jason Buchanan and Ben Lucas led the second half resistance, with David Lambert and John Wilson being the best of the backs. Newtown's injury list included fullback Simon Crotty (ankle ligaments), form five-eighth Taffy Nicolas (cruciate ligament) and halfback Wes Patten (calf muscle and ankle).
Newtown travel to Campbelltown Stadium next Friday (31st May) to play Western Suburbs, with the First Division match timed to start at 5.40 pm.
In the Metro Cup, the Jets play the Sydney Bulls at Lidcombe Oval on Saturday (1st June) at 4.30 pm.