Game Preview Round 6

Redcliffe Dolphins v Ipswich Jets
South Pine Sports Complex on Saturday, April 9 – 2pm

Redcliffe Dolphins

1. Luke Capewell 2. Jonus Pearson 4. Aaron Whitchurch 3. Jack Ahearn 5. Thomas Opacic 6. Zach Strasser 7. Darren Nicholls 8. Samuel Anderson (c) 9. Shane Pumipi 10. Tyson Andrews 11. Harley Aiono 12. Anthony Cherrington 13. Christopher Gesch 14. Brandon Lee 15. Daniel Bridge 16. Charlie Faingaa 17. Rulon Nutira

Coach: Adam Mogg

Ipswich Jets

1. Carlin Anderson 2. Marmin Barba 3. Rory Humphreys 4. Nemani Valekapa 5. Richard Pandia 6. Haydan Lipp 7. Dane Phillips (c) 8. Joshua Seage 9. Landon Hayes 10. Nathaniel Neale 11. Samuel Martin 12. Row David Fa’alogo 13. Fakahoko Teutau 14. Sebastian Pandia 15. Jesse Roberts 16. William McConnachie 17. Liam Capewell 18. Michael Purcell

Coach: Ben Walker and Shane Walker

Head to Head- Dolphins 25 Jets 15

Last time they played: Round 8- 2015

IPSWICH JETS 42 (Marmin Barba 2, Josh Cleeland 2, Matt Parcell 2, Carlin Anderson, Chris Walker tries; Marmin Barba 5 goals) def REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 28 (Josh Beehag 2, Shane Pumipi, Jon Green, Anthony Cherrington tries; Luke Capewell 4 goals) at Dolphin Oval.

Round 6- 2016

The Jets record at Redcliffe won’t fill the Jets with confidence. For a long time Redcliffe hasn’t been a happy place for the Jets. The Jets have won six of 22 games there. But on the bright side six of the last 9 and the last two in a row have seen the Jets come home with a win.

The Dolphins are coming off a win against the Sunshine Coast while the Jets are coming off a loss to the Northern Pride.

The Jets have two wins this year against Norths and Souths while the Dolphins have two wins as well against the Sunshine Coast and Wynnum.

The Dolphins have scored 88 points this season, letting in 60 while the Jets have scored 122 and let in 123.

The Jets have scored 24 tries and let in 20 while the Dolphins have scored 16 and let in 12.


The Dolphins somehow won against the Sunshine Coast with 47% of the ball.

The Dolphins have a dangerous attacking duo of Darren Nicholls, Zac Strasser and Luke Capewell. Nicholls is the Dolphins’ leading points scorer this season with 28.

Capewell is a danger without the ball, he will support every time the runner has the ball and can pop up anywhere for the Dolphins. He made 10 support plays against the Sunshine Coast.

Nicholls does most of the Dolphins’ kicking against the Sunshine Coast he kicked seven times for 191 meters with one kick long to space.

Strasser loves to run the ball; he ran the ball 9 times last week which is six more times than Nicholls. Strasser dummied four times so the Jets will be on alert for his runs and tricks.

The Dolphins have dangerous outside backs like Aaron Whitchurch, Tom Opacic and Jonas Pearson. Opacic is the leading try scorer this year with five.

Opacic makes good metres for the Dolphins out of dummy half and likes to off-load the ball.

Front row Sam Anderson has been strong for the Dolphins against the Sunshine Coast he made his side 144 metres from 17 hit ups, he keeps his legs pumping and makes good metres post contact- 65 metres to be exact. He also had 30 tackles and no missed tackles with one off-load and two tackle breaks. He plays big minutes too. Contributing 63 minutes against the Sunshine Coast.


The Jets led 10-0 against the Pride and then ended up losing after it being 18-18 at half time.

The Jets scoring break down tells a story the Jets are ‘winning’ the first half of games 70 to 42 but in the second half the opposition are winning 81-52. That’s 57% of Jets points in the first half and 42% in the second half.

While the opposition are scoring 34% in the first half and 65% in the second half.

Penalties are hurting the Jets too: the Jets now have 44 penalties against and only 27 for. The Jets are yet to win a penalty count this year.

That’s giving away plenty of ground and points to the opposition in an easy fashion.

The Jets remind me of the batsman that is somehow finding a way to get out at the moment. They’re doing plenty right.

It is hard to know where the Jets lost on the weekend: They had 59% possession, made 52 more runs, 239 more metres with the ball, 90 more kicking metres, 32 less ineffective tackles, and one less handling error. Somehow that amounts to a two point loss. Football is funny sometimes.

Nathaniel Neale was again outstanding; 36 tackles, 16 runs, 160 metres, three tackle breaks, and four off-loads.

Neale is the Jets leading tackler this year with 146 tackles from 5 games with a miserly 5 misses. That’s 96% effective.

Seven Jets broke the 100m against the Pride. Including four backs: Anderson, Valekapa, Pandia, and Lipp.

While in the forwards: Neale, Teutau, and Seage all racked up metres gained in the 100’s.

The Pride had two players gain over 100 metres.

The Jets’ most potent attacking side is still the left with 11 of their 24 tries this year coming on that side.

Lipp’s kicking game was outstanding against the Pride with his grubbers proving the catalyst for two tries.