Ipswich Jets v Townsville Blackhawks at Eric Lenton Memorial Recreation Ground, Winton, on Saturday, July 22 – 6pm

Ipswich Jets
1. Wes Conlon 2. Michael Purcell 3. Marion Seve 4. Nemani Valekapa 5. Richard Pandia 6. Chris Ash 7. Dane Phillips (c) 8. Mitch Carpenter 9. Luke Capewell 10. Nat Neale 21. Jesse Roberts 12. Seb Pandia 22. Tyson Lofipo 11. Sam Martin 15. Lachlan Roe 16. Huskie Teatau 17. Josh Seage 13. Ben White

Coach: Ben Walker and Shane Walker

Townsville Blackhawks
1. Carlin Anderson 2. Ty Carucci 3. Jordan Drew 4. Davin Crampton 5. Jonathon Reuben 14. Kierran Moseley 7. Kyle Laybutt 8. Francis Molo 9. Anthony Mitchell (c) 22. Oshae Tuiasau 11. Blake Leary 12. Andrew Niemoeller 13. Jordan Kenworthy 15. Ross Bella 16. Sione Lousi 17. Temone Power 19. Sam Foster

Coach: Kristian Woolf

Last time they clashed:

TOWNSVILLE BLACKHAWKS 39 (Joshua Hall 2, Ty Carucci, Carlin Anderson, Michael Parker-Walshe, Jonathon Reuben, Daniel Beasley tries; Carlin Anderson 5 goals; Michael Parker-Walshe field goal) def IPSWICH JETS 26 (Michael Purcell 2, Richard Pandia, Mikaere Beattie tries; Luke Capewell 5 goals) at North Ipswich Reserve.

Head to Head: Ipswich 3 Blackhawks 3


The Jets and Blackhawks enter another destination in the log book this week heading off to Winton for the County Round.

The Jets and Townsville have played in Ipswich, Townsville, Charters Towers, Brisbane and now Winton.

The Jets and Blackhawks clashed in round two with the Blackhawks coming away 39-26 winners.

It’s three all between the Blackhawks and Jets so one team is going ahead this week.

Townsville are coming off a win over the Pride in Cairns while the Jets are coming off a loss over the Tigers on Sunday.

The Blackhawks are currently sitting in fifth place on 26 points. The Blackhawks have 473 points this season and had 343 scored against them.

The Jets are in seventh and have scored 414 points and had 443 against them.

Last week against the Pride the Blackhawks were matched for a while and then ran away 32-10.

The Blackhawks have power all over the field. Whether it is huge backs like Jordan Drew or Carlin Anderson or forwards like Sione Lousi who delivered a perfect pass at the line.

Against the Pride the Blackhawks had 52% of the ball and only missed 22 tackles, you can’t give them that sort of possession and stop them.

Carlin is the Intrust Super Cup’s leading points scorer with 186 this season and 17 tries to be third in the competition for most tries. Against the Pride Anderson had six tackle breaks and two line breaks as well as excellent support play. Anderson can pop up anywhere.

Laybutt has turned into the Blackhawks puppet master. He touches the ball more than anyone and has a dangerous kicking game. He scored a great kick and chase try against the Pride and had three try assists and four line break assists.

Rueben is the ISC leading try scorer with 23, he proved against the Pride that he can stop tries as well. Rueben ran down Gideon Gela-Mosby a task I thought would have been impossible.

The Jets suffered heart break against the Tigers. They started slowly then got it back but the game just went two minutes too short for the Jets.

The Jets had 52% of the ball, but missed a huge 50 tackles, the average for this season has been 30.

The Jets’ off-loading was also down with just 20 which is three down on the average for the Jets.

Neale topped the tackle count again. 52 tackles in 80 minutes as well as 13 hit ups. Makes me wish Neale and Rod Griffin could be in the same team. What a Jets’ front row double act that would be to watch.

Neale leads the Jets for tackles with 601, off-loads with 62 and tackle breaks with 79.

Pandia did a lot of dirty work against the Tigers, he made 178 metres from his 21 hit ups. Pandia leads the Jets for hit ups this season with 251.

Pandia has a massive seven tackle breaks against the Tigers.

I love it when Capewell runs the ball, he has his best games when he has the ball in his hands. The game against Souths early in the season and against the Tigers he was an attacking threat. He nearly scored a double on Sunday.

Capewell ended up with 112 metres.

The Jets need to keep winning there is no other option. If they are to play finals they can’t drop a game.

The Blackhawks traditionally struggle against the Jets’ play and the Jets have a great record against the ISC powerhouse team.