NRL veterans Jeff Lima, Shaun Fensom and Jarrad Kennedy led Mounties to a powerful 30-10 victory over the Newtown Jets in the Intrust Super Premiership NSW this weekend.
The 313 NRL games accumulated by the trio helped Steve Antonelli’s side, who won the game through the middle of the field, capping off a brilliant weekend for the Canberra Raiders, who secured second position on the ladder in the NRL.
Kennedy was proud of the performances of Lima and Fensom for the Raiders feeder club in their quarter-finals at Pepper Stadium.
“Jeff had an outstanding game today, I haven’t seen him go that hard yet,” Kennedy said.
“Credit to him for getting back from some decent injuries and playing good footy like that; he and Fenno (Fensom) in the middle there just controls us.”
Sam Williams was the obvious omission, but it mattered little as Sam Duggan and Maurice Kennedy covered his absence in the halves superbly, while Zac Santo proved to be instrumental at fullback with two four-pointers, and an amazing try-saving effort on Travis Robinson.
The Jets will face the New Zealand Warriors next week after they downed the Penrith Panthers earlier this afternoon in a 21-14 thriller.
Henare Wells scored two tries in the opening 10 minutes, but it was the late scoring of James Gavet and Matthew Allwood – two players with NRL experience – that got the Warriors over the line.
80 minutes was not enough for the Wyong Roos and Canterbury Bulldogs, who were forced into golden point due a deadlocked score-line of 18-all at the full-time siren.
The do-or-die clash had everything in the final quarter; including two sin bins for separate incidents, a penalty in front of the posts that the Bulldogs did not take despite being down by two with a player short, plus a conservative golden point period that only saw one field goal attempt in just under four minutes.
Joey Lussick slotted the match-winning 35-metre field goal with the wind behind him.
The win means they will face the Wests Tigers next week at Pepper Stadium, after they went down to the Illawarra Cutters at UOW Jubilee Stadium, just before Ben Creagh’s farewell was held.
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