Jets shoot down Magpies in Q-Cup rivalry round

THE Ipswich Jets continued their run of fine form in the Queensland Cup, beating Souths Logan 18-10 in the rivalry round yesterday.

The win at Davies Park keeps the Jets in second spot, behind Northern Pride, and marks their fifth win in succession.

Ipswich was made to work hard for the points with the home team having the better of the first half and taking a 4-0 lead into the break.

Last week Jets co-coach Shane Walker had spoken about encouraging his players to throw the ball around more.

The caveat was that they do so when the support was in a better position than the ball carrier.

Things swung a bit too far in the first half yesterday however.

The Jets were guilty of some panic passing as they were frustrated into trying too hard to crack the impressive Souths Logan defence. “It was pretty tough footy,” Jets second-rower Sam Martin said. “Both sides defended well in the first half.

“We couldn’t run our plays.”

The half-time break and words from coaches Ben and Shane Walker had the desired effect.

“They told us to calm down a bit and stick to the game plan,” Martin said.

“That was to use the ball on the inside at the ruck, where they were vulnerable.”

The plan paid off with the Jets scoring through the middle early in the second half.

It marked the start of their dominance as the bigger Souths Logan forwards began to tire and struggled to contain the pace of the Jets’ game.

“It’s working for us week-in-week-out and we’re building heaps of confidence,” Martin said.

The Jets had few problems dealing with Canberra’s form