Jets Grind out tough win

Ipswich versus Tweed Heads in the Intrust Super Cup always provides plenty of close games and fireworks.

Yesterday at the North Ipswich Reserve, it didn’t disappoint again with the Ipswich Jets coming away with a tight round two win at home.

The game started with Ipswich Jets hooker Michael Fisher making the most of his return to the Intrust Super Cup by catching the Tweed defenders asleep around the ruck and diving over the line.

The game then exploded with a fiery exchange between the Jets’ Dane Phillips and the Tweed hooker and captain Matt King. The referee addressed both players and the game went on.

The Jets dominated the first half going to the break with a lead of 24-4 due to tries from Nemani Valekapa, Wes Conlon and on the stroke of half time Marmin Barba, who showed some customary family speed to run away to score as the hooter went.

The message for the Jets at half time was that this game wasn’t over and that as previous games have shown, the Tweed Seagulls would not go away.

In a stop start second half dominated by a huge penalty count, Tweed scored two quick tries to get the score back to 24-14 with 10 minutes to go and then scored again to make it 24-18 with three minutes to go. As expected the Seagulls kept fighting until the end of the game.

Conlon kicked a surprise field goal as fulltime rang out to record a 25-18 win for Jets and to secure his team the much needed two points at home.

Next week the Ipswich Jets will take on Wynnum Manly while the Tweed Seagulls will play Norths Devils in the Channel 9 game.

IPSWICH JETS 25 (Nemani Valekapa, Wes Conlon, Michael Fisher, Marmin Barba tries; Haydan Lipp 4 goals; Wes Conlon field goal) def TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 18 (Cody Nelson 2, Blake Anderson, Tom Dawney tries; Jamal Fogerty goal) at North Ipswich Reserve