Ipswich Jets v Tweed Heads Seagulls at North Ipswich Reserve on Saturday, May 23 – 3pm
Ipswich Jets: 1. Carlin Anderson 2. Marmin Barba 3. Chris Walker 4. Nemani Valekapa 5. Brandon McGrady 6. Josh Cleeland 7. Dane Phillips 8. Josh Seage 9. Matt Parcell 10. Rod Griffin 11. Sam Martin 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Keiron Lander (c) 14. Teutau Fakahoko 15. Kurtis Lingwoodock 16. Billy McConnachie 17. Liam Capewell
Coach: Ben Walker and Shane Walker
Tweed Heads Seagulls: 1. Shaun Carney 2. Nathanael Barnes 3. Jai Ingram 4. Davin Crampton 5. Kalifa Faifai Loa 6. Ricardo Parata 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Damian Sironen (c) 9. Matt Srama 10. Will Bugden 11. Matt Robinson 12. Dane Clarke 13. Sam Saville 14. Sam Meskell 15. Leva Li 16. Blake Anderson 17. Oliver Percy
Coach: Aaron Zimmerle
Head to Head: Tweed 18 Ipswich 8.
Last time they met: September 7 2014 – Elimination Final 4th v 5th
IPSWICH JETS 28 (Marmin Barba, Kurt Capewell, Rod Griffin, Liam Capewell, Wes Conlon tries; Marmin Barba 3, Kurtis Lingwoodock goals) def TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 10 (Ricardo Parata, Jamal Fogarty tries; Blake Anderson goal)
Round 11- 2015
The last time these two teams clashed it was the Jets staring down the barrel of a 13-0 record at the Tweed in an Elimination Final.
The Jets overcame that day to win through to week two and record their first ever win at the Tweed.
This week the Jets will have to overcome a pretty poor overall record against the Tweed; sitting on 18 losses from 26 games.
The Tweed has scored 196 points this year compared to the Jets 294 that’s 98 more points the Jets are in front. The Jets have brought about this from 52 tries compared to the Tweed’s 36.
While in defence the sides are very close; Tweed has allowed 212 points compared to the Jets 218. The Jets have allowed 42 tries compared to 39 by the Seagulls.
The Jets currently sit in third on 16 points while the Tweed is in 8th on 10 points.
The Tweed had seven Titan contracted players in the team that was held scoreless by the Blackhawks last week. It was only the third time in the Intrust Super Cup that Tweed has been held to zero.
The Tweed just made too many mistakes; they only had 40% of the ball and 46% completion. While they missed 38 tackles. Mistakes stopped them getting the ball into any attacking position and they were only tackled 11 times in the opposition 20 metre area.
The best for the Seagulls is Kalifa Faifai Loa the big winger will run infield to make an impact Kalifa Faifai Loa was moved into the forwards last week and made huge runs out of trouble for the Seagulls. His 197 metres from 22 hit ups was a substantial contribution to his team.
Kalifa Faifai Loa has scored 7 tries so far this season. His runs back into the middle will have to be stopped by the Jets. On the back of the momentum created by Kalifa Faifai Loa Tweed will look to attack.
Every week in the Intrust Super Cup you seem to write about an opposition hooker; it must go close to the strongest position in the competition.
Matt Srama has played 65 games for the Titans in the NRL but before that he was the Ipswich Jets’ half as a rookie of the year in 2009 when he was picked from the Jets’ Colts to play 8 ISC games.
Srama is strong in the middle of the ruck for the Seagulls and gives good service; Srama is more robust than Matt Parcell but what Parcell loses there he makes up with speed and agility.
This battle will be great to watch; two locals going at it in the middle of the ruck.
Davin Crampton is another danger for the Jets; Crampton plays on the right hand side with Kalifa Faifai Loa. Crampton is a great hole runner who also has plenty of speed and versatility and was a real weapon for the Pride last year. Crampton has three tries so far this year.
While on the other side of the field is the Intrust Super Cup’s leading try scorer Nathanael Barnes with 123 tries. Barnes is an experienced player who can still find the line with three tries this year from six games.
In difficult conditions in Mackay in the Jets dominated the Cutters early leading 22-8 at half time. In the second half running into a breeze the Jets had to hold out a Cutters’ side that was getting plenty of ball. The Jets missed their least amount of tackles since round 4 with 32 against the Cutters.
Matt Parcell scored three tries for the Jets and in doing scored his 8th try this year from 10 games. The un-noticed element of Parcell scoring three tries was that they were all from backing up. He ran up on the inside of Marmin Barba and he chased two kicks through up the middle.
Josh Cleeland has unshackled his running game in the last month and scored for the third week in a row, defenders seem unsure what Cleeland is going to do and ball watch as he drifts across- waiting for him to pick up runners he just calmly slots through and scores. Cleeland has also taken on more responsibility with kicking in general play; against the Cutters he kicked the ball 7 times compared to Dane Phillips and Matt Parcell’s twice.
Rod Griffin returned and did his normal phenomenal amount of work for the Jets; 18 hit ups and 162 metres with 23 tackles and three offloads.
A real area of strength for the Jets this season is the front row; the Jets have Rod Griffin, Kurtis Lingwoodock and Billy McConnachie all mobile, strong and getting quick play the balls that the Jets can then attack on the back of that momemtum.
Griffin has 107 hit ups from 7 games this season with the result being 1159 at 165 metres per game. While Billy McConnachie has 77 hit ups from 9 games and 714 metres at 79 meters per game, While Kurtis Lingwoodock has 37 hit ups from 6 games with 349 metres and 58 metres per game.
Their defence has seen the front row trio only miss 60 tackles and make 429 tackles at 87% effective.
Carlin Anderson brought up his 100th Intrust Super Cup points after 28 games he has 18 tries and 15 goals. From the first set of the Mackay game Anderson is always involved in games. He always seems to be looking to get the ball; playing fullback has freed him up to roam around and inject himself when he sees a chance. Against Mackay he drifts up on Parcell’s right and changes direction at the same time to evade defenders and scores in the first set.
The Jets will not have the use of Broncos’ pair Joe Ofahengaue and Daniel Vidot who has both been called in to the Broncos’ team for Monday night.
The Jets will also be without Captain Keiron Lander and utility Troy O’Sullivan. Josh Seage was the unlucky omission against Mackay but will come into the side this week.
-Keiron Lander needs one game to draw equal with Danny McAllister on 103 games for the Jets and become equal 8th most capped Jet of all time.
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