CQ Capras v Ipswich Jets at Browne Park on Saturday, May 13 – 6pm
1. Maipele Morseau 2. Ken Tofilau 3. Justin Tavae 4. Nathan Bassani 5. Tony Tumusa 6. Reece Baker 7. Jack Madden 8. Matthew Groat 9. Krys Freeman 10. Oliver Percy 11. Marco Delapena 12. Guy Williams (c) 13. Gavin Hiscox (c) 15. William Cullen 16. Phill Nati 17. John Filipo 19. Vic Halfpenny
Coach: Kim Williams
1. Wes Conlon 2. Michael Purcell 3. Ben White 4. Nemani Valekapa 5. Richard Pandia 6. Chris Ash 7. Dane Phillips (c) 8. Mitch Carpenter 9. Luke Capewell 10. Nat Neale 22. Tyson Lofipo 12. Seb Pandia 13. Rory Humphreys 11. Sam Martin 15. Lachlan Roe 16. Huskie Teatau 21. Nathan Gaulton 17. Jesse Roberts 18. Peter Whittaker 20. Tu’u Maori
Coach: Ben Walker and Shane Walker
Head-to-Head: Ipswich 26 Central 12 Drawn 1
LAST TIME THEY CLASHED:
IPSWICH JETS 34 (Michael Purcell 2, Nemani Valekapa, Billy McConnachie, Nat Neale tries; Wes Conlon 7 goals) def CQ CAPRAS 20 (Reece Baker, Brandon Manase, Justin Tavae, Adam Henry tries; Matt Minto 2 goals) at North Ipswich Reserve.
The Jets head to Rockhampton with an impressive record against the Capras. They’ve played there 20 times for 13 wins and seven losses.
The Capras currently sit in 12th place with three wins from the nine games they have played. While the Jets are in 8th place with four wins.
The Capras are sitting on 184 points in the for column while in the against they have allowed 259.
In both attack and defence the Jets have the advantage. The Jets have scored 192 points and let in 213.
The Capras three wins have come against the Bears, Tweed and Wynnum. One win at home and two away.
The Jets four wins have been Tweed, Pride, Bears and Souths. Three away from home and Bears at home.
THREE CAPRAS TO WATCH
Freeman loves to run, he really loves it. Against the Tigers he ran 182m from his 13 runs from dummy half and four from the field. Freeman gives the Capras momentum too by kicking from dummy half.
Groat is a big old school forward who played NRL for the Tigers and Dragons. He charges into the line to give the Capras forward momentum when they need it. Is very good at breaking tackles and off-loading before the line.
Tavae scored a try last time the Jets played the Capras and he’s coming off two against the Tigers last week.
The Capras can be dangerous, they can also find mysterious ways to lose games. In their last game they had 51% of the ball and made five line breaks to four but lost by 12.
The Capras will be their usual story at home they will start well, they will look to dominate the Jets and take advantage of the early running and hopefully get enough in front to hold on when the Jets come home.
THREE JETS TO WATCH
Neale is coming off the Residents game so he will come back to the Jets filled with confidence. Neale is having a terrific season and leads the Jets for off-loads. Neale’s runs are the complete deal because he runs hard, bends the line, then gets an off-load so teams have to do it all again.
Capewell’s running game against Souths was outstanding but then against the Bears he put it away. I love it when Capewell runs from dummy half. He is smart enough to know when to run and who to run at and it’s great to watch.
Purcell is now the leading try scorer for the Jets on eight with Richard Pandia that battle will continue on Saturday night. Purcell is also the leading line breaker for the Jets with seven. He is not just finishing off movements but breaking tackles too.
The Jets have won three games in a row, after Rockhampton they come home to the Hunters and Wynnum both at North Ipswich. The Jets have had the break and refreshed now they can string a few wins together and gain some momentum going into the second half of the season.