Crunch time for Nowra-Bomaderry Jets

BELIEVE it or not the Nowra-Bomaderry Jets go into this Sunday’s clash sitting at the bottom of the Group 7 ladder.

POINT TO PROVE: Nowra-Bomaderry Jets lock Mat Rouen will be a key player when they take on Port Kembla at Noel Mulligan Oval on Sunday. Photo: PATRICK FAHY

POINT TO PROVE: Nowra-Bomaderry Jets lock Mat Rouen will be a key player when they take on Port Kembla at Noel Mulligan Oval on Sunday. Photo: PATRICK FAHY

Their opponents the Port Kembla Blacks haven’t fared much better so far and sit once place above them, with just one win for the season.

While both sides may have had little to smile about so far, a win will be a much-needed confidence booster and could be just what the Jets need to get their season on track.

The Jets have let a couple of opportunities slip this season, including their 28-all draw with Jamberoo in their first game, while they were pipped at the siren by Shellharbour two weeks ago.

Having been close in all of their games up until last week, their 50-20 loss to defending premiers Gerringong must have been disappointing for coach Ben Wellington and his side, who have got far too much talent to be on the bottom of the table.

With the exception of their 20-18 win against Milton-Ulladulla, Port Kembla have been comfortably beaten in all their other games, but have shown a lot more promise than last year.

Mark and Steve Brandon have continued to impress since making the switch from rugby union and their younger brother Keiran has been named to make his first grade debut at fullback.

The Jets have a strong forward pack, with the likes of Mat Rouen, Ryan James, Ben Wellington and Zac Kershaw, while the experience of halfback Geoff Johnson is a big plus for the backs.

The key man for the Blacks as always is their captain coach Mark Simon, who always does what he can to get the best out of his young side.

The Jets started to click on the back end of last season, but unfortunately left it too late to make the finals.

They have shown they can match it with some of the best teams in the competition and if they can start stringing some wins together, their confidence will grow.

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