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The Sydney Airport Jets might have scored some of the best tries of the game, but the Rabbitohs took the spoils in last Saturday's NSW Premier League match played at Henson Park.
There were fourteen tries scored in this try-fest, as Souths defeated the plucky Jets 46-30. Newtown had trailed 34-12 early in the second half, but made a dramatic fightback to trail 34-30 with only seven minutes left in the game.
The Rabbitohs, fielding a very strong side boasting nine players with NRL playing experience in 2003, kicked again in the final five minutes of play to parcel up the result. The Jets were the architects of their own misfortunes through conceding too many repeat penalties, turning over possession in their own territory and missing critical tackles. Despite the array of costly errors, they gave great value to their fans with some classic tries, particularly in the thrill-a-minute second half.
Halfback and captain Craig Field was in superb form, and centre Alf Duncan made a welcome return after a lengthy layoff due to injury. Forwards Bill Najarrin, Tabua Cakacaka, Luke Ellis and Monah Elahmad took the play right up to their opponents all afternoon. Dashing young Jets winger John Sinisa showed he is indeed a fine prospect for the future. Powerful centre Dustin Cooper, back on loan from the Melbourne Storm, slotted neatly back into the Jets' pattern of play. Trevor Schodel's Jim Beam Cup squad looked very out of sorts in their match against the Sydney Bulls at Potts Park, Bankstown. Despite having one of their strongest line-ups (on paper at least) for some weeks, the boys simply did not turn up to play, and went down 40-16 to last year's Metro Cup premiers. The Sydney Airport Jets are back at Henson Park again next Saturday, when they meet the Western Suburbs Magpies at 3.00pm in the Premier League. In the Jim Beam Cup curtain-raiser, Newtown plays Woy Woy at 1.15pm. Newtown supporters should take note that the 2003 Newtown RLFC Players and Supporters Reunion Day is fast approaching - Saturday, 23rd August at Henson Park. Start spreading the word far and wide by all means of communication for all old Bluebags and Jets to get on down to Henson that day!