North Sydney Bears avoid defeat in thrilling clash with Newtown Jets
The North Sydney Bears made an incredible comeback to avoid being defeated by the Newtown Jets in a 28-all draw at North Sydney Oval on Saturday afternoon.
The Bears scored three times within just nine minutes in the second-half, meaning the Frank Hyde Shield will be shared among the foundation clubs following a previous 22-all draw earlier in the season.
After leading 16 to 4 at half-time, the Bears got on the front foot, with skipper Billy Brittain going over from dummy half at the 44th minute.
Newtown returned serve with two tries, from Aaron Gray and Matt Evans, in quick succession, looking well and truly in control of the game.
The Bears didn’t strike back until there was just 14 minutes to go, with Curtis Johnston sparking some momentum with a four-pointer.
Moments later, Connor Tracey exploded through Newtown’s defence to lead Viliami Kaveinga to a try.
The Bears found the line again with a try to Jesse Arthurs in the right-hand corner to put his side within just two points of the draw.
Dean Hawkins showed calm under pressure to convert the try from out wide but a shocking field-goal attempt with thirty seconds left in the game kept the scores tied up.
Clinton Maynard and Craig Willis caught up with Macquarie Media’s John Redman who was live at North Sydney Oval when it looked like the Jets had the game wrapped up.
Listen to the chat here: