Trial Match: North Sydney Bears v Newtown Jets
On Sunday 17 February the Bears ISP team had their first trial match of the season against the Newtown Jets at Wentworth Park.
The Bears were on fire in the first quarter, there was promising signs with Brock Lamb and Sam Verrills combining very nicely to put Kieran Moss over for the first try of the match. They again came together for Lamb to score himself minutes later.
The Jets were able to work their way back into the game as both teams started rotating players. At the half time break the Bears were leading 12-8.
Kurtis Preece was denied a try early in the third quarter with the ball coming loose over the line. The match was turning into a tussle before a Honeti Tuha breakaway run provided Kieran Moss with his second try. Tuha then converted the try which sealed an 18-16 win for the Bears.
Coach Jason Taylor was pleased with the day overall, “we certainly got out of the trial what we wanted to. We had a number of players play long minutes on what was a hot day. This will be great for the players’ fitness levels as we get closer to the start of the season.
Our start the game in attack was really sharp, disappointingly this fell away as the match went on. Defensively we showed we were understanding the things we’ve been practicing all off season. We look forward to our next hit out in a fortnight up on the Central Coast.”
North Sydney Bears 18 Defeat Newtown Jets 16
Try scorers: Brock Lamb (1), Kieran Moss (2)
Conversions: Brock Lamb 2/2, Honeti Tuha 1/1