Teig Wilton wins a classic NRL State Championship with Newtown

STUNNER: Teig Wilton celebrates after the Newtown Jets scored a try in the final seconds of Sunday's NRL State Championship grand final. Photo: Mario Facchini/mafphotography.
STUNNER: Teig Wilton celebrates after the Newtown Jets scored a try in the final seconds of Sunday's NRL State Championship grand final. Photo: Mario Facchini/mafphotography.

Narooma's Teig Wilton can boast back-to-back premierships after his Newtown Jets sealed a stunning 20-16 NRL State Championship win over the Burleigh Bears in the final minute of play.

After trailing 16-2 with less than 30 minutes remaining, the Jets' late comeback looked set to come up short after a number of wasted attacking opportunities in the final five minutes.

However, a miracle bounce from a Billy Magoulias chip bounced into the arms of Jackson Ferris in the last 10 seconds of the game, who raced away to score the match-sealing try.

The win means Wilton has now won three premierships in just over 12 months. He captained the Cronulla Sharks to the 2018 Jersey Flegg premiership, and won the NSWRL Canterbury Cup with the Jets just last weekend.

The former Devil was impressive in the win, running for 76 metres on 10 hit ups in 60 minutes of game time.

He also made 31 tackles at a success rate of 93.9 per cent.

Newtown drew first blood with a penalty goal from Braydon Trindall, but Burleigh quickly took the lead through winger Anthony Don.

Don was in again on the half-hour mark, finishing off a length-of-the-field try that came from a Jets error.

Burleigh maintained a 10-2 lead at half time, and extended it to 16-2 in the 48th minute through halfback Jamal Fogarty.

Newtown kicked into gear from that point, and winger Sione Katoa scored its first try with an acrobatic effort in the corner.

Ferris scored his first try of the match in the 62nd minute, and another acrobatic try from Katoa in the 75th minute made sure of a barnstorming finish.

The Jets continued to bombard Burleigh's line, but a series of errors and a strong defensive effort kept them at bay.

The match appeared over with a minute-and-a-half remaining after Braydon Trindall came up with an error, but Ferris' miracle try gave NSW its fourth straight title.

Jets prop forward Toby Rudolf was named the player of the match after amassing 230 metres on 21 hit ups and making 27 tackles at 96.4 per cent.

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