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Canterbury Cup Round 4 – The French Perfection: Magpies Hammer Jets

Extremely warm conditions were the order of the day at Ringrose Park as Wenty were taking on the winless Jets. Late withdrawals from the Sharks NRL team resulted in a few changes to the Newtown line up, whereas Wenty were bolstered by the inclusion of Josh Hoffman, George Jennings, Ray Stone and Matt McIlwrick and the resulting shift of French to the halves.

Last week Wenty suffered a one point loss with Norths kicking a field goal in the final seconds. The Magpies had been tipped by some pundits to finish near the bottom of the table, and were sitting at a win and two losses coming into this clash.

Ray Stone

The first twenty-five minutes of this encounter were dominated by the referee’s whistle. The teams traded penalties, along with heavy collisions, during this period. Stone, Fainga’a and Davey featured with big contact moments in close with Parry doing his bit out wide.

Though the play went end to end, neither team looked likely to trouble the scoreboard until Bevan French’s first moment of individual wizardry with twelve minutes left in the first half.

A chip and chase from inside the Jets half saw the ball drawn like a magnet to the mercurial speedster who regathered on the fly to cross close to the posts.

Just six minutes later, French proved that his kicking game was on song with a short cross field kick that was akin to a pinpoint forward pass. Ray Stone timed his chase to perfection, reeling the kick in to place it down between the posts. The two conversions from Davies saw the Magpies hit the sheds at 12 nil up.

The second half began in spectacular fashion with a powerful George Jennings tackle going horribly wrong, resulting in the Jets player going headfirst into the turf.

The penalty would result in a report, a HIA and a sin bin, as George equalled the feat of his older brother.

The Jets immediately made the Magpies pay with barge over try to Vasquez after he’d been held up for what seemed an eternity. The conversion narrowed the gap to 6, with eight minutes of sin bin time and 35 minutes game time remaining.

Unfortunately for Newtown, they turned the ball over from the kick off as a powerful tackle from Wenty forced a much needed error. A few tackles later, a determined charge from Stone delivered his second try and an 18 to 6 lead.

With Jennings back in the action, the Magpies turned the pressure on. It was that man French again firstly regathering his kick, this time off a rebound, then firing a cut out pass for Goolagong to stroll over. The score had blown out to 24 to 6 with 24 minutes left.

Bevan French

But French was far from finished. Not long after Davey had snuffed out a near certain Jets try with an impressive tackle on the line jolting the ball free, French again produced an individual chip and chase try to extend the lead to 30 to 6.

The Magpies then allowed one of their own attacking kicks to bounce, with the Jets gathering the ball and working play downfield. They made Wenty pay with a try to Talakai but the conversion from close in was missed, leaving the score at 30 to 10 with around 11 minutes left on the clock.

The last ten minutes would belong to the Wenty boys, as firstly Miller scored between the posts, then Hoffman regathered a kick from that stand out player of the day – French. Hoff’s converted try would conclude the scoring in this convincing victory to the Magpies.

In a match where all Wenty players produced good performances, best on the field were French and Stone.

Wenty 42 : Tries – French 2, Stone 2, Hoffman, Goolagong, Miller. Goals- Davies 3, Keighran 4 defeated Newtown 10: Tries – Talakai, Vasquez. Goal – Trindall

 

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Good to see Bevan regain some mojo. He has a lot of skill and is a better footballer than he has displayed in his most recent NRL games.

is it just me or does Ray Stone resemble Brad Mackay the former Dragons, Western Reds and Storm player.

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Stone if get chance in first wont let anyone down. I think he is ready tbh.

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With French playing 5\8 do U see Brad using him there in future or is he on the outta. ATM sixties I just can’t see french cracking our 1st grade side. His small n Brad Arthur is going with 100 plus kilo’s in the backline. How did George Jennings go. I know he has good hands were as sivo is like a wing version of peni. Do you see George Jennings making the 1st grade side

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I am sure I read where French played in the halves last week as well, and also had a good game. I am really pleased to see him recapture some of his mojo and he should make a VG fist of a halves spot, speed to burn and setting up those around him with kicks is the Bev of old. Seems that now having a good orf season in training, and having confidence that he has fully recovered from his last injury. This has meant a lift in his confidence and able to recapture his old exciting form. For his… Read more »

Bubbles
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Bubbles

I doubt if his defence could ever come up to it , defence is soft !!

Clive
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Clive

Good to see Bevan hitting some form, he’s way to talented to be a reserve grader.

Feelings
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Feelings

Been saying forever that French is a 5/8 and that his worst attributes are what wingers and fullbacks have to do. It just made sense forever with his uncle Preston being his size and a great 5/8

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Great read Sixties and co and thanks for the report.
I just hope the entire squad can continue and play well, in order to keep the pressure on the nrl team. Bevan seems to have found a spot to play and I guess consistency is important and ensuring he turns up each game.
Good to hear about R Stone. I hope he continues as he definitely has the right attitude to play nrl.

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Great report Sixties, it encouraged me to watch the highlights reel. Apart from the performances of Ray Stone and the rest of the forwards going forward, I thought Bev’s short kicking game and enthusiasm to chase and complete confirmed the difference a good coach can make to a teams overall attitude and performance. While perception of an individuals skill-set adaptability can also be put to better use than what might have been previously. If Bevan can be mentored in the halves he adds another string to his bow and gives the NRL side another option in an area where we… Read more »