1. Wes Conlon 2. Michael Purcell 3. Marion Seve 4. Nemani Valekapa 5. Richard Pandia 6. Chris Ash 7. Dane Phillips (c) 11. Sam Martin 9. Luke Capewell 10. Nat Neale 21. Jesse Roberts 12. Seb Pandia 22. Tyson Lofipo 8. Mitch Carpenter 13. Ben White 15. Lachlan Roe 16. Huskie Teatau 17. Josh Seage
Coach: Ben Walker and Shane Walker
Tweed Heads Seagulls
1. Phoenix Hunapo 2. Tevita Folau 3. James Wood 4. John Olive 5. Peter Lee 6. Lindon McGrady 7. Michael Burgess 8. Carne Doyle-Manga 9. Samuel Meskell 10. Ben Nakubuwai 11. Lamar Manuel-Liolevave 12. Eddy Pettybourne 13. Keegan Hipgrave 14. Tristan Lumley 15. Nicholas Harrold 16. Jackson Clarke 17. William Johnstone
Coach: Aaron Zimmerle
Last time they played: Round one 2017
IPSWICH JETS 34 (Richard Pandia 2, Nemani Valekapa, Michael Purcell, Luke Capewell, Christopher Ash tries; Luke Capewell 4, Wesley Conlon goals) def TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 6 (Morgan Boyle try; Michael Burgess goal) at Piggabeen Sports Complex.
Head to Head: Tweed 19 Ipswich 12
The overall record between these two clubs sees the Tweed have won 19 while Ipswich have won 12. The Jets have won six of the last seven games against the Tweed in Ipswich. Overall in Ipswich the Jets hold the advantage over the Tweed Seagulls 9 wins to 5.
The Seagulls last beat the Jets in 2016 at Ipswich, when the game was moved due to torrential rain on the Coast.
TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 22 (Alexander Grant 3, Matthew Robinson tries; Doug Hewitt 3 goals) def IPSWICH JETS 12 (Nat Neale, Carlin Anderson tries; Carlin Anderson 2 goals) at North Ipswich Reserve.
The Jets have now won the last two in a row between Ipswich and Tweed.
Both teams are coming off massive losses. The Tweed had to contend with the Blackhawks and came away with a 50-8 loss while the Jets travelled to the Coast and the Bears had a day out losing 44-0.
The Jets are now in seventh spot on 16 points while the Tweed are in 14th on 8 points.
The Seagulls have scored 233 points this year averaging 14 points per game while the Jets have scored 324 averaging 21.
In defence the Tweed have let in 498 points averaging 31 while the Jets have allowed 383 averaging 25.
The Seagulls position on the ladder can be deceptive, while in last place the Seagulls have become the Intrust Super Cup’s giant killers having beaten the Hunters at home two weeks ago and knocked off Redcliffe in round 12.
The Seagulls have had two wins away from home this year against the Capras and the Hunters.
Last week against the Blackhawks the Tweed only missed 19 tackles so it’s a bit of mystery how they got beaten by 42 points. They also completed at 73%.
The Blackhawks ran them off their feet making 528 more metres.
McGrady has a huge kicking game that will be able to pin the Jets down and make them slog it off their own line. In the big win against the Hunters he was able to find open space three times and make 303 metres for the Seagulls. Against the Blackhawks last week he did a similar job finding ground for his team.
Was strong in a well beaten side, topping the hit ups for Tweed with 16 and the meters with the ball with 148 metres. Lumley also played the full 80 minutes.
The Tweed winger was strong against Townsville. He made a huge 12 hit ups and 104 metres for the Seagulls taking pressure off his forwards. Lee also had four tackle breaks.
Where do I start with the Jets v Bears? The Bears made 747 more metres than the Jets. The Bears made five line breaks and the Jets 0.
The Jets made 21 errors and had ten penalties against them. Pretty much if it could go wrong on Sunday it did.
The Jets hadn’t been held to no score since round two 1997.
Wynnum 52 (Brett Bowman 2, James Wainwright 2, Jody Barlow, Tim Carroll, Jonny Drews, Brian Hamilton, Jabin Picker tries; Hamilton 8 goals) def Ipswich 0
Now the Jets need to dust themselves off and make sure they fix it.
Pandia made 40 tackles against the Bears, he only missed three. Given the Jets missed 40 that’s a pretty fair effort. Pandia has also off-loaded 38 times this year and made 1333 metres for the Jets- more of that this week please.
Ben White and Lachlan Roe both broke tackles, three each. White now has 17 from 12 games while Roe has 26 from 10 games.
Purcell is the Jets’ top try scorer with 13 and how he got run down the other day I do not know. He still made 145 metres for the Jets against the Bears. Which was 49 metres more than the next best Jet Nemani. Purcell also leads the Jets with eight line breaks.
The two best off-loaders for the Jets are Wes Conlon on 36 and Nat Neale on 53.
The Jets have offloaded 352 times this season. That’s a quarter coming from Nat or Wes.
The Jets are under pressure, mostly from themselves to be honest.
The Jets are averaging 268 tackles per game, while only making the opposition make 231 tackles. That’s 37 more tackles a game or about six sets the other side are getting.
The Jets have been penalised 136 times this season compared to 90 from the other team. Again we are handing them field position and extra sets to have a crack.
Back at home this week is a great chance to get back in form and play smart football.