Preview of Ipswich Jets V Mackay Cutters Round 9

Mackay Cutters v Ipswich Jets
Stadium Mackay on Friday, April 29 – 7pm

Mackay Cutters

1. Andrew Gay 2. Jordan Pereira 3. Johnny Faletagoa’i 4. Tautau Moga 5. Michael Pearsall 6. Regan Verney 7. Liam Taylor 8. Ryan Kinlyside 9. Joshua Chudleigh 10. Braden Uele 11. Leonati Feiloakitau-Fetuani 12. Patrick Mago 13. Brenden Treston (c) 14. Andrew Davey 15. Joss Boyton 16. Steve Rapira 17. Isaac Richardson

Coach: David Simpson

Ipswich Jets

1. Carlin Anderson 2. Joshua Robinson 3. Ben White 4. Nemani Valekapa 5. Joshua Damen 6. Haydan Lipp 7. Dane Phillips (c) 8. David Fa’alogo 9. Landon Hayes 10. Nathan Gaulton 11. Abraham Atallah 12. Joshua Seage 13. Fakahoko Teutau 14. Sebastian Pandia 15. Jesse Roberts 16. Billy McConnachie 17. Tyson Lofipo

Coach: Ben Walker and Shane Walker

Head-to-Head: Ipswich 11 Mackay 5

Last time they played:

IPSWICH JETS 36 (Matt Parcell 3, Carlin Anderson, Nemani Valekapa, Josh Cleeland, Sam Martin; Carlin Anderson 4 goals) def MACKAY CUTTERS 20 (Cameron Cullen 2, Jordan Pereira, Justin Tavae tries; Liam Taylor 2 goals) at Stadium Mackay.

ROUND 9, 2016

The Jets have an outstanding record in the North having won 7 of the last 9 in Mackay. The last three games haven’t been kind to the Cutters with the Jets scoring 170 points and the Cutters 62.

Including the Jets equal biggest ever win of 62-10 with Marmin Barba scoring 24 points from 8 goals and two tries in 2014.

The Cutters have had 46 tries scored against them this year and only pegged back 28. The Cutters for column sits on 154 while against is 259 that’s a points differential of -105.

The Jets have scored 35 tries and had 32 scored against them. The Jets for column reads 176 while against is 197 for a points differential of -21.

Mackay Cutters

Liam Taylor is the Cutters leading point scorer with 58 points. Taylor changes between full back and in the halves but still does a lot for the Cutters.

Against the Tweed side 110 metres from his 13 runs.

The Cutters hooker Josh Chudleigh has been good this year for the Cutters; Chudleigh has earned promotion from the Cowboys’ Under 20’s last year where he won their player of the year. He can be dangerous close to the line and will need to be watched by the Jets

In a losing side Chudleigh was outstanding against Tweed he played 80 minutes, 46 tackles and 130 meters for his side.

TautauMoga won’t be any stranger to the Jets having gone to school at St Peter Claver College. Moga has played 31 NRL games for the Roosters and Cowboys.

Moga is a big centre who tries to physically dominate his opponent and use his excellent footwork. He averaged nearly 10 meters a run last week in a losing side.

Ipswich Jets

The Jets have used 28 players so far this year which is as many as they used in the entire season in 2015.

The average games played this year is 4.8 per player which is only half of the games.

The Jets have had 11 debutants which is great for depth although testing. It’s a credit to the BRL side and the work Mark Bishop does that these players are ready to step up and fill the void when an injury occurs.

Against the Sunshine Coast the Jets had three players on debut and Ben White was playing his fifth game and first since 2014.

All of the Jets were excellent and controlled the ball having 59% of the ball.

The Jets’ kicking game was outstanding, producing two tries and kicking for ground producing 116 more metres than Mackay.

The Jets received the ball 113 more times and passed 74 more times than the Falcons- that’s complete control.

Josh Seage again was excellent topping the tackle count with 30 and a staggering 181 meters from his 13 runs.

While Nemani Valekapa produced a lazy 233 meters against the Falcons from his 25 runs.

Nemani has been outstanding this year his stats are terrific; Nem now has 1287 meters from 137 runs.

The Jets missed their lowest amount of missed tackles since round 1 with 22 tackles and only had nine ineffective tackles against the Falcons.

Jessie Roberts was also outstanding coming off the bench adding great impact with his running game.

The Cutters gave up a lot of ground through the middle against the Tweed, if that continues Landon Hayes could be the big winner out of Saturday night. Opportunities for Carlin Anderson might present themselves up the middle of the ruck too.

The Jets’ forwards have been terrific the last two weeks while guys have been out injured.

This week is the last chance to impress the selectors before the Residents team is named Sunday night.

The Jets will be keen to get the two points and get their name read out on Sunday night to represent Queensland.

Congratulations to Tyson Lofipo who will play game 122 for the Jets against the Cutters and be the fourth most capped Jet of all time.