Preview of Ipswich Jets V Souths Logan Magpies

Ipswich Jets v Souths Logan Magpies at North Ipswich Reserve on Sunday, July 5 – 2pm

Ipswich Jets: 1. Carlin Anderson 2. Richard Pandia 3. Chris Walker 4. Nemani Valekapa 5. Brandon McGrady 6. Josh Cleeland 7. Dane Phillips 15. Kurtis Lingwoodock 9. Landon Hayes 10. Rod Griffin 11. Sam Martin 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Keiron Lander (c) 14. Fakahoko Teutau 16. Billy McConnachie 17. Liam Capewell 19. Haydan Lipp

Coach: Ben Walker and Shane Walker

Souths Logan Magpies: 1. Brandon Khuu 2. Josh Damen 3. Dallas Anderson 4. Scott Doyle 5. Tim Brooks 6. Jack Joass 7. Rhys Jacks 8. Tikiko Noke 9. Travis Waddell 10. Andrew Edwards 11. Joe Boyce 12. Dan Tamou 13. Phil Dennis (c) 14. Jack Anderson 15. Ben Thorburn 16. Sam Gardel 17. Leon Panapa 18. Ken Levu

Coach: Josh Hannay

Head to Head: Ipswich 21Souths Logan 17 Drawn 1

Last time they played: Round 12 2015.

IPSWICH JETS 50 (Marmin Barba 3, Brandon McGrady 2, Josh Cleeland 2, Carlin Anderson, Chris Walker, Billy McConnachie tries; Marmin Barba 3, Carlin Anderson 2 goals) def SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 20 (Josh Damen, Samisoni Vaioleti, Dallas Anderson, Herschel Gideon tries; Scott Doyle 2 goals) at Jack O’Chin Oval, Cherbourg.

Round 17 2015

Round 17 will be the Luxury Paints Ipswich Jets annual Indigenous Appreciation game with Souths Logan.

When these two clubs clashed a month ago it was the Jets who got off to a great start leading 30 – 8 at half time.

The Jets piled on another 20 points in the second half to win 50 – 20 and Marmin Barba scored three tries for the game.

The good thing for the Magpies this week however is the fact that they won’t have to worry about Barba because he is out for two weeks and won’t be back till the Easts game next round.

The Souths-Logan Magpies are coming off a two point win over the Tweed Heads Seagulls which will give them plenty of confidence.

It was only the Magpies fourth win of the year and leaves them in 11th on the ladder. The Jets have also fallen one spot to third on the ladder since last weekend’s loss to the Northern Pride.

The Jets have outscored the Magpies this year 85 tries to 56, the Jets have scored 470 points to the Magpies 317 which is a substantial 153 points difference.

While in defence the Magpies have leaked 84 tries to the Jets 60. All up the Magpies have allowed 436 points to the Jets 320 which is a 116 points difference.

When they clashed in Cherbourg the Magpies had Broncos’ 20’s half Ash Taylor and with that inclusion a lot of the Magpies play, and in particular their kicking game improved. The Magpies haven’t had Taylor the last two weeks.

Taylor and George Fai have been named for the Queensland Under 20’s on Wednesday night so they will be in camp and unable to play for Souths this week.

If the Magpies don’t have Taylor more responsibility will fall on Phil Dennis who will need all of his 200 games of guile and play making ability. The Jets will need to place plenty of pressure on Dennis and make him rush his decisions. The Jets will pressure him from the inside and stay square in the defence line making sure he doesn’t have runners in holes.

The Magpies will also look to Joe Boyce who played for the Broncos this year and has developed a reputation for hole running and scoring tries.

The Magpies also get plenty of momentum from Travis Wadell who has played 73 NRL games and roves around the field for the Magpies and makes great scoots out of dummy half which the Magpies then attack on the back of.

Last week the Ipswich Jets travelled to Cairns and came away with a loss again, as they have every time since 2008. The Jets had their worst half of the season and found themselves down 18 – 0 after as many minutes. For only the second time this year the Jets were behind at both half time and full time. The Jets have been in front at half time 11 of their 15 games and of the four games they have been behind at half time, they’ve won two by full time.

It was the first time since the Sunshine Coast last year in round 18 that the Jets had been held scoreless in a half.

The positive that the Jets will take out of game is that the Pride had their best shot at them and scored only 3 tries and didn’t score again after the 20th minute.

The Jets made 73 more tackles than the Pride and the Pride made 232 more metres yet only won by 6. The Jets also only completed 57% of their sets of six compared to the Pride’s 68%.

The Jets defensive workload of 335 tackles was their second most for the year, with their total of 337 tackles against the Pride in round five the most the Jets have had to complete this year.

Landon Hayes and Rod Griffin both made 47 tackles and Hayes didn’t have a missed tackle in a great defensive effort.

The Jets got great work out of their bench against the Pride last week with, Fakahoko Teutau (Husky), Liam Capewell, Billy McConnachie and Kurtis Lingwoodock playing an average 39 minutes. As a group they made 99 tackles and only missed 9.

Rod Griffin added to his season tally of 33 off-loads with a lazy contribution of 6 to now make it 39 off-loads this year.

The Jets play their best football when they’re relaxed and confident in what they’re doing. If the Jets were a test batsman they would be Mark Waugh. Against the Pride the Jets fell into the trap of becoming frustrated and not doing what they do well. They started to push passes and not play their football

The message this week from the coaches will be about confidence in what the Jets are doing.

The Broncos having the bye might see the Jets include big Joe Ofahengaue who hasn’t played for the Jets for two weeks and has played four games this year.

The Jets will be keen to get the second spot back off the Hunters and to do it playing their style of football this week.