Western Suburbs have gone down 42-14 to the Newtown Jets at Henson Park this afternoon — putting a dent in the Magpies' hopes of playing finals football.
Needing to win to keep their top eight hopes alive, the loss sees Brett Hodgson's side remain in tenth with one game remaining in the regular season.
Playing in windy condition, Western Suburbs started the match strong and took the lead midway through the first half when Bilal Maarbani and Watson Heleta crossed to cancel out Luke Polselli's opener after just eight minutes for the Jets.
The match would be altered by the controversial sin-binning of captain Kauri Aupouri on 28 minutes, with the halfback dismissed for a penalty on halfway.
That would prove crucial for both sides as Newtown ran three tries in the space of ten minutes to take a 26-8 lead to the sheds that they wouldn't let up.
Greg Eastwood would bag a double to start the second half as the home side continued to pile on the points, before Polselli bagged a second to make it 38-12.
Harry O'Toole would show his good touch with a determined effort in the corner 10 minutes from time for the Magpies, but it would be too little too late as William Kennedy put the icing on the cake with a late try for the Jets.
Western Suburbs face an international trip to New Zealand in their final regular season game to take on the ninth-placed Warriors at Mount Smart Stadium
Newtown Jets 42 (Polselli 2, Eastwood 2, Flanagan, Talakai, Katoa, Kennedy tries; Flanagan 5/7 goals) def. Western Suburbs Magpies 14 (Maarbani, Heleta tries; 0/2 goals) at Henson Park
Match: Jets v Magpies
Round 23 -
Venue: Henson Park, Sydney