WHATEVER happens in the Nowra-Bomaderry Jets clash with Jamberoo on Sunday, they will be hoping it’s not a draw.
The Jets could plead a strong case for introducing golden point to Group 7 after their first meeting with the Superoos and last weekend’s game with the Warilla-Lake South Gorillas both ended in a draw.
Last Sunday now appears to be the one that got away for the Jets.
The 30-all draw at Bomaderry Sporting Complex was the first time anyone had taken a point from the Gorillas all season, but Wellington feels his side missed a great opportunity to hand them their first defeat.
In a way it seems fair the game ended in a draw as the two sides were neck and neck for the majority of the game, but there was a time when the Jets looked in a great position to take the win.
With the scores locked at 18-all around the 60-minute mark, Jets centre Nathan Falzon charged down a Gorillas kick and ran through to score to put them in front 24-18.
But the Gorillas rallied to score the next try to even it up again, before scoring another to take a 30-24 lead.
In the end the Jets had to come from behind and did just that when fullback Isaac Mumberson scored an equalising try with three minutes remaining.
While coach Ben Wellington was pleased to have something to show for their efforts, he was left wondering what could have been.
“I’m happy with the way our boys played, but I thought they [Warilla] were prime picking and we had a good chance to roll them over,” he said.
“I feel like we’re starting to put a bit of pressure on the better teams now.
“Warilla is coming first and credit to them, they played well but I just feel this was a good chance to get them.”
Wellington thought it was definitely a game they could have won, but they let themselves down in patches with dropped ball and giving away silly penalties.
But it wasn’t all doom and gloom for Wellington after the game and he said he was impressed with every single one of his players.
“They’re starting to show a bit of character, a bit more courage and we’re starting to do the little things right,” Wellington said.
“We’re starting to think about the team, instead of just ourselves, which is good.”
The Jets are now sitting in the top five and are on equal points with defending premiers Gerringong.
Their opponents Jamberoo have slipped out of the top five and their charge towards the finals will be made tougher if the Jets can beat them on Sunday.
Wellington was optimistic about their chances against Jamberoo and is confident their recent form will have a few of the top teams worried.
“We’ve always had a good team, it’s just that we’ve never been able to play the full 80,” he said.
“Even against Warilla we were only able to compete for about 70 per cent of the game.
“But in the upcoming games against some of the stronger teams, I think we’re going to be a force to be reckoned with.”