Nowra-Bomaderry Jets in search of third straight win

NOTABLE ABSENCE: The Nowra-Bomaderry Jets are expected to be without playmaker Steve Brandon for Sunday’s clash with Albion-Park Oak Flats, after he was sent off last week. Photo: PATRICK FAHY

NOTABLE ABSENCE: The Nowra-Bomaderry Jets are expected to be without playmaker Steve Brandon for Sunday’s clash with Albion-Park Oak Flats, after he was sent off last week. Photo: PATRICK FAHY

SUNDAY’S clash with the Albion Park-Oak Flats Eagles at Nowra Showground will see the Nowra-Bomaderry Jets chasing their third straight win.

Confident the rough patch from the beginning of the season is behind them, Jets coach Ben Wellington is hoping they can continue their recent winning ways in front of their home crowd.

After breaking their duck against Port Kembla two weeks ago, the Jets gave Milton-Ulladulla a few lessons in their wet weather catch up game last weekend.

Wellington said their completion rate was as good as it has been this season and it played an important part in their 52-16 win.

“We’re finally starting to put things together and the results are starting to show,” Wellington said.

“We completed eight out of our first 10 sets. Our discipline has just been better across the board.”

Now they have got a bit momentum behind them, Wellington knows it is important they do not take their foot off the pedal.

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“We can’t relax now, we’ve got to keep wanting to win,” he said.

“We’re playing better football, not just as individuals, but as a team. “That’s what we’ve been working towards and it’s finally starting to show.”

Their opponents Albion Park are without a win since the opening round and appear to be in a bit of a slump, but Wellington is not buying into any of that.

“They are a bit of a funny side.

“It’s a bit like we always have that mental block against them. Little mistakes and errors seem to creep in.

“But if we can complete our sets, I see no reason why we can’t come away with the two points.”

Wellington said his team is oozing with confidence after their recent results and hopes they can get on a roll with a third straight win.

“In our next three games, we play Albion Park, Berry and then Milton again and I think we’re in with a good shot at winning all three,” he said. 

“The losses to Kiama and Shellharbour were a bit of a toss of the coin, but I think if we played them again now, it could be different.”

Steve Brandon is a likely omission for the clash with the Eagles after he was sent off last week.

Wellington said he was unsure if that means he will automatically be suspended, but they are preparing as though he won’t play.

This will see Ryan James shift from the back row to five-eighth, while John Carey has been promoted from the bench to a starting position.

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