Ipswich Jets v Wynnum Manly Seagulls at North Ipswich Reserve on Saturday, May 27 – 3pm
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. Row Seb Pandia 13. Humphreys 11. Sam Martin 15. Lachlan Roe 16. Huskie Teatau 21. Jesse Roberts 17. Nathan Gaulton
Coach: Ben Walker and Shane Walker
Wynnum Manly Seagulls
1. Mitch Cronin 2. Peter Gubb 3. Mitchell Buckett 4. Alex Barr 5. Daniel Ogden 6. Mathew Seamark 7. Travis Burns 8. Aaron Rockley 9. Jayden Berrell 10. Mitchell Dodds 11. John Te Reo 12. Second Row Mitch Frei (c) 13. Max Elliott 14. William Brimson 15. Salesi Funaki 16. Brendon Gibb 17. Ngarima Pita
Coach: Adam Brideson
Head to Head: Jets v Wynnum Wynnum 21 Ipswich 18 Drawn 3.
Last time they clashed:
IPSWICH JETS 28 (Nat Neale, David Fa’alogo, Wes Conlon, Landon Hayes, Richard Pandia tries; Wes Conlon 4 goals) def WYNNUM MANLY SEAGULLS 16 (Mitchell Buckett, Peter Gubb, Daniel Ogden tries; Mathew Seamark 2 goals) at BMD Kougari Oval
The Jets record at home against Wynnum reads Ipswich 9 Wynnum 9 drawn 1 (2 of these at Briggs Rd – Ipswich won both)
The Seagulls accounted for the Jets at home last year and in 2015. The Jets haven’t beaten the Seagulls at Ipswich since round three 2014.
Ipswich 32 (Wes Conlon 2, Marmin Barba, Kurt Capewell, Brendon Marshall, Josh Seage tries; Conlon 2, Haydan Lipp 2 goals) def Wynnum Manly 22 (Dylan Smith, Mitchell Frei, Peter Gubb tries; Kurt French 2, John Te Reo goals)
Wynnum are currently in ninth place with three wins and coming off a win over the Bears. Wynnum started the season with three straight wins but then lost six in a row.
While the Jets started with a win and have just come off four wins in a row before they lost to the Hunters last week.
The Jets are currently in five wins from 11 games and just outside the 6.
SEAGULLS TO WATCH
The Seagulls are coming off a good win, they did everything the Bears didn’t do. Burns and Seamark kicked well. Rockley charged in like a mad man and they only missed 24 tackles.
Frei is a great runner of the ball, he picks his mark and can have an impact with the lines and angles he runs. Against the Bears he made 124 meters. But it’s the timing of his runs that makes him dangerous.
Berrell is a sneaky little hooker. He only ran six times against the Bears but made ground every time- he picks the right time to go. He topped the Seagulls’ tackle count too with 32 tackles. Berrell can have difficulty getting to the ruck and missed six tackles against the Bears.
Who doesn’t love a front rower with crazy looking eyes, charging forward. Rockley gets the Seagulls moving. He monstered the big Bears’ pack with 182 meters from 19 hit ups. He plugged the middle too with 28 tackles and only one miss.
JETS TO WATCH
The Jets had 50% of the ball but for some reason struggled to convert that in to points. The Jets made one line break to the Hunters’ five which again is strange.
It’s strange writing it but the Jets’ attack let them down last week.
Pandia was sensational. 20 hit ups from a winger is out of this world. 158 meters and seven tackle breaks. I love watching Pandia play, he looks so happy out there. He is so hard to tackle and makes meters every single time. Pandia is also the Jets leading try scorer with nine this season and 37 tackle breaks from nine games.
Neale is a machine. 48 tackles which means 333 for the season from 10 games. But more importantly 14 missed tackles. He’s tackling at 96% effective. Neale only has six ineffective tackles too which mean he doesn’t miss you too often.
Huskie doesn’t get too many wraps but he does a big job off the bench. He’s enthusiastic and keeps the momentum going. He made 18 tackles against the Hunters in his 30 minutes on the field for no missed tackles. Huskie has made 198 tackles from 11 games.
Huskie will play his 50th game this week for the Jets. Huskie made his debut in 2015 for the Jets and has scored two tries.
The Jets missed out against the Hunters. At the end of a big month winning four games in a row they looked a bit flat. I think this week will see a rejuvenated Jets.
Wynnum will do a Wynnum and try and roll forward with monsters. Jets have to weather that then play footy at them and move them around.