Highlights: Roos v Jets (Rd 20)
Wyong Roos continued their strong form to overpower Newtown Jets 52-14 at Morry Breen Field in front of a healthy local crowd.
Three Roos players scored doubles in the big win, which elevated the Wyong club into a four-way tie for first place, sitting second on the premiership ladder.
Wyong did not have it all their way early though, as it was the visitors who would open the scoring with Sami Sauiluma finishing off a nice backline movement.
However, the Roos took control from the 13th minute mark when Chris Centrone scored the Roos first. Moments later Centrone had his second and with the boot of Tyler Cornish the Roos led 12-4 after 21 minutes.
Most of the play was up the Jets’ end of the ground with Wyong applying the blowtorch in attack. Two more tries from skipper Willie Manu and a nice solo effort from Cornish extended the Roos lead to 22-4.
Just before half time the Jets and Sauiluma got their second try. Although Newtown had little attacking opportunities in the first half, they did manage to score twice down the left side from three attempts. Wyong held a 22-10 halftime lead.
Newtown again started the better of the two teams in the second term but once Wyong got going, they were almost impossible to stop. Yileen Gordon barged his way over the line before Manu showed great strength to steamroll his opposition and run 40 metres for a great individual try.
Not to be outdone, the Jets hit back with a try from Nathan Gardner. Displaying plenty of speed, the winger flew past several Wyong players on his way to the line. Any chance of a Newtown comeback was put to bed shortly after when Nathan Smith ran a nice angle back inside to score under the posts with 10 minutes remaining.
Two late tries added to the score line with Samisoni Langi dancing his way through the defence to score under the posts and Gordon scored his second on full time. The tries and conversions by Cornish, who kicked 8 from 9, capped off a memorable afternoon for the crowd in green and gold, but a difficult one for Jets fans who travelled to watch their side.
The final score of 52-14 was the Roos’ fifth win in a row, which moves them up into second on the ladder whilst Newtown cling to eighth.
Wyong Roos 52 (Chris Centrone 2, Suaia Matagi 2, Yileen Gordon 2, Nathan Smith, Samisoni Langi, Tyler Cornish tries; Tyler Cornish 8 goals) defeated Newtown Jets 14 (Sami Sauiluma 2 & Nathan Gardner tries; Todd Murphy 1 goal)