Game Preview Round 4


Sunshine Coast Falcons v Ipswich Jets at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Sunday, March 29 – 2pm

Sunshine Coast Falcons:1. Joe Uluibau 2. Travis Robinson 3. Callum Klein 4. Ruben Baillie 5. Suli Vunivalu 6. Ben Hampton 7. Cory McGrady 8. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 9. Slade Griffin 10. Johnny Vuetibau 11. Kenny Bromwich 12. Jake Samoa 13. Tom Murphy (c) 14. Billy Brittain 15. Jordan Ryan 16. Jon Platt 17. Sam Sotogi 18. Kem Seru

Coach: Glen Dreger

Ipswich Jets: 1. Troy O’Sullivan 2. Marmin Barba 3. Chris Walker 4. Nemani Valekapa 5. Carlin Anderson 6. Josh Cleeland 7. Dane Phillips 8. Daniel Vidot 9. Matt Parcell 10. Rod Griffin 11. Sam Martin 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Keiron Lander (c) 14. Gerico Cecil 15. Kurtis Lingwoodock 16. Billy McConnachie 17. Liam Capewell

Head to Head – Ipswich 8 Sunshine Coast 3 Drawn 1:

Last time they played round 18 – 2014.

IPSWICH JETS 10 (Nemani Valekapa try; Marmin Barba 3 goals) def SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS 2 (Brett Doherty goal) at Stockland Stadium.

Round 4- 2015.

The clashes between these two sides have in the past proven that the Falcons will claw and scrap their way towards a result.

Last year at this venue was the perfect example of the dour affairs that are sometimes produced; it was 2-0 to the Falcons at half time and 14 penalties had been blown with the Falcons doing everything in their power to make sure the Jets couldn’t play football.

The Falcons are yet to open their winning account for 2015. Having had a disrupted season, they lost their first game to Norths in round one, then had their game against the Pride postponed. Last week the Falcons went down to the Bears on the Coast.

What has changed about the Falcons is their association with the Storm which has brought about the Falcons having access to Storm players the calibre of; Ben Hampton, Hymel Hunt, Billy Brittain and Slade Griffin.

Ben Hampton represents stability in the halves for the Falcons; the young North Queenslander played 11 games last year for the Storm while Cooper Cronk recovered from his broken arm. Hampton will go to the line with runners such as Jacob Samoa sniffing around waiting for a half chance.

Against the Bears the Falcons let in four tries from less than 10 metres out defending their own line. The Falcons will need to remedy this defensive lapse or the fast moving, angles and ball movement of the Jets will find holes.

The Jets have made some changes this week with Kurtis Lingwoodock returning for game 96 in the Intrust Super Cup and Troy O’Sullivan returning to fullback for an injured Wes Conlon.

Lingwoodook will strengthen up the defence and have some of the Falcons looking sideways when they run the ball.

The Jets will also be without Daniel Vidot this week after he played the first three for the Jets.

The Jets reversed their form from the first two weeks last week and had a poor first half instead of second half.

The Jets led in the 5th minute then not again till the 60 minute against the CQ Capras. It’s a worrying trend that sees the Jets yet to put together 80 minutes this year. The great sign was that even at 20-6 behind they weren’t out of the contest and in the space of 5 minutes made up 12 points.

When the Jets did click; there were the usual suspects of Rod Griffin, Matt Parcell, Marmin Barba and Carlin Anderson combining to score some terrific tries.

The Jets left side centre Nemani Valekapa has been in sensational form scoring 4 tries from three games this year. Opposition sides seem to under rate Nem’s speed and that huge right hand fend.

Jets’ Milestones:

· Dane Phillips needs 2 points for 50 for Ipswich Jets.

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