The visitors were outplayed from start to finish at Westpac Stadium as they slumped to a fifth defeat in seven matches.

With the result effectively ending Newcastle’s outside hopes of a top-six finish, Jones indicated he would look to the future throughout the remaining three rounds.

“[We will] look at the ones that are going to be around at the club next year and the ones that will show a bit more urgency and desire,” the Jets boss told Sky Sport NZ.

“It was a make-or-break game today and that clearly wasn’t good enough.

“We have to consolidate now, play out the rest of the year and show a bit of pride.”

While disappointed by his side’s lack of competitiveness, Jones felt the Jets might have forced a different outcome had they taken their chances.

“Under pressure we broke,” the Newcastle local said.

“Then at the other end when we had opportunities we didn’t take them.

“We had a period where we were on top and missed a couple of glorious opportunities. If you don’t take those then the game passes you by.”