William Kennedy and his Newtown Jets beat Mounties in the Intrust Super Premiership semi-final

STAYING ALIVE: Bathurst native Will Kennedy and his Newtown Jets kept their Intrust Super Premiership title hopes alive with a convincing semi-final victory. Photo: PHOTOSPORT NZ
STAYING ALIVE: Bathurst native Will Kennedy and his Newtown Jets kept their Intrust Super Premiership title hopes alive with a convincing semi-final victory. Photo: PHOTOSPORT NZ

BATHURST league talent William Kennedy was amongst the try scorers for the Newtown Jets on Saturday as they posted a comprehensive 34-16 win over Mounties in their Intrust Super Premiership semi-final.

After a disappointing loss to the Dragons in week one of NSW Rugby League’s premier open-age competition’s finals, the Jets faced elimination against the Mounties.

But Kennedy and his team-mates certainly saw off that threat in an impressive display of attacking league.

They crossed for five tries at Jubilee Oval – Kennedy’s coming in the 33rd minute as he combined with halfback Kyle Flanagan on a final tackle play.

It was part of an overall impressive performance at the back for Kennedy, continuing his strong maiden season for the Cronulla Sharks feeder club.

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Not only did he add that try to his tally for 2018 – it now stands at 13 – but he made valuable yards for the Jets as well.

In his 15 runs – more than any of his fellow Jets – the fleet-footed fullback gained 128 metres. Of those, 22 came as post contact.

He also made a line break, four tackle breaks and was involved in seven support play movements.

The result means the Jets are now one win away from the grand final, but they need to topple minor premiers Penrith Panthers in order to advance.

“It was a great win. Mounties are a great side we knew we were coming up against … but we executed our game plan to perfection,” Kennedy’s team-mate Antony Moraitis told Steele Sports.

“Pre-game the forwards got together, we’ve got a nice little balance there, we play together well. We knew we had to set the platform and if we set the platform, we’ve got talents like Will Kennedy.

“We know we’ve got Penrith next week and they were the best side in the comp through the season, so there’s a bit of pressure on them.

“[But] We know we’ve got the team and the game plan to knock them off.”

The Jets will meet the Panthers on Saturday at Leichhardt Oval in one of the two preliminary finals, with kick-off at 1.10pm. The other will feature the Dragons and Bulldogs.

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