Narellan Jets and Mittagong Lions played out an entertaining 16-all-draw on Sunday afternoon at Crane Oval, in the second round of Group 6 rugby league competition.
A healthy crowd made their way to Narellan to kick off the Jets new season, but the goal kickers from both sides left their boots at home – with not one successful kick from eight attempts.
The scoring began after 11 minutes when Narellan’s captain Cameron Graham crossed, giving the Jets a 4-0 lead.
The lead lasted nine minutes before Mittagong replied through winger Tim Townsend.
Jake Ngaia – who was among the better players for Mittagong and caused havoc all afternoon in the centres – bagged himself a much deserved try 11 minutes before halftime to put the Lions in front 8-4.
The lead didn’t last long though with Narellan’s impressive five-eighth Shannon Crook scoring six minutes before halftime.
Minutes later Sol Kamuta also crossed and gave the Jets a 12-8 lead which the side took into the break.
Dylan Readman – who came on for an injured Aiden Menzies – opened the second half scoring seven minutes after the break, levelling the scores at 12-12.
Narellan’s Verb Moemoe pushed the Jets back in front ten minutes later with a nice finish down the touchline.
Mittagong’s PJ Thornton then crossed the stripe. The conversion was waived away with the scores locked at 16-16.
Sama Sauvao was sent to the sin bin with seven minutes left, but the Lions couldn’t take advantage of the extra man.
Narellan coach Shayne McMenemy – speaking on Group 6 League Live after the match – said his side was rusty after having only one trial before the season proper.
He said completions were one of the areas they would be working on ahead of their next match against Campbelltown City Kangaroos.
Mittagong coach Dan Beardshaw said the completion rate would also be a main focus for his side at training this week.
Other Group 6 first grade scores saw defending premiers Camden Rams make light work of The Oaks, 34-6, while Oakdale Workers defeated Thirlmere is a high scoring game, 32-24.
The other game between Picton Magpies and Campbelltown City Kangaroos was postponed due to the wet weather.