THE Gloucester Magpies suffered a heavy 52-28 defeat against the ladder-leading Williamtown Jets at Bert Gallagher Oval on Saturday.
The Magpies went with the Jets early, but were unable to match the intensity and physicality of the visitors who cruised to a comfortable victory.
The Jets opened the scoring but the Magpies immediately hit back with a try to Ethan Taylor.
Two more tries to the visitors made it 18-6 before prop Mathew Higgins barged over to reduce the gap to six points.
It would prove to be as close as the Magpies would get as the Jets jumped out to a 34-12 lead.
Corbin Predebon was able to peg one back for the home side but the Magpies were finding it difficult to muscle up in defence and Williamtown led 46-18 midway through the second half.
Late tries to Scott Wratten and Brett Gambrill restored some creditability for the home team.
The Magpies now sit fifth on the Newcastle Hunter Rugby League D grade ladder, one point behind Abermain and Hinton.
This Saturday sees Gloucester away to seventh-placed Kotara.