Bears 22 | Jets 8
Bears tries: Billy Smith 3, Bradley Deitz, Matt Ikuvalu
Bears Conversions: Brock Lamb 1/5
Jets Tries: Jackson Ferris, Tyla Tamou
A Billy Smith hat-trick leads the North Sydney Bears to a commanding 22-8 win over the Newtown Jets at North Sydney Oval on Sunday afternoon.
The first half saw the Bears with most of the possession and their left hand edge looked constantly dangerous. Billy Smith opened the scoring early with back-to-back tries only 10 minutes into the game. The Bears speedily took the lead to 8-0, however this lead was halved swiftly as the Jets bit back to score their first try of the game.
The Jets were unable to get out of their own end for most of the first half, with relentless defensive efforts from the Bears. However, it was the Bears offence that shone as Bradley Deitz speedily darted from dummy half to score right under the posts, Brock Lamb converted with ease opening the score up to 14-4 in favour of the Bears.
After halftime break the Jets saw more ball and were creating more attacking opportunities for themselves. The Jets put up a bomb with Tyla Tamuo quick to chase won the contest and sprinted another 20 metres for the try line for the opening try of the second half, closing the deficit to 14-8.
The Bears were dangerous in attack and again the left hand edge was relentless, however multiple forward passes on the wing kept the Bears searching for points. Matt Ikuvalu showcased his skills winning the aerial contest off a highball and came down to score for the Bears, widening their lead to 18-8.
The North Sydney Bears looked like the more attacking and dangerous team all day, with the Jets finding it hard to defend their running offence and polished attack. Billy Smith was able to score his third try of the game in the last minute, running through a gap to dive over the try line right in front of the Bears faithfuls ending on a high. Full time score 22-8.