Round 4 Preview

Sunday, March 27 – 12.40pm* (Live on Channel 9 / WIN / NBN)

Souths Logan Magpies

1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Cameron Booth 3. Scott Doyle 4. Marion Seve 5. Jonathon Kent 6. Jack Joass 7. Samuel Scarlett 8. Herman Ese’ese 9. Travis Waddell 10. Andrew Edwards 11. Leon Panapa 12. Caleb Timu 15. Joe Boyce 13. Phillip Dennis (c) 14. Daniel Tamou 16. George Fai 17. Tikiko Noke

Coach: Josh Hannay

Ipswich Jets

1. Carlin Anderson 2. Marmin Barba 3. Liam Capewell 4. Nemani Valekapa 5. Richard Pandia 6. Haydan Lipp 7. Dane Phillips (c) 8. Joshua Seage 9. Landon Hayes 10. Nathaniel Neale 11. Rory Humphreys 12. Rowan Winterfield 13. Billy McConnachie 14. Sebastian Pandia 15. Sam Martin 16. David Fa’alogo 17. Michael Purcell

Coach: Ben Walker and Shane Walker

Last time they played Round 17, 2015:

IPSWICH JETS 52 (Nemani Valekapa 2, Brandon McGrady 2, Carlin Anderson, Landon Hayes, Sam Martin, Kurt Capewell, Haydan Lipp tries; Carlin Anderson 8 goals) def SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 34 (Tim Brooks 3, Scott Doyle, Rhys Jacks, Andrew Edwards, Joe Boyce tries; Scott Doyle 3 goals) at North Ipswich Reserve.

Head to Head: Ipswich 22 Souths Logan 17 Drawn 1

Round 4, 2016

Both the Jets and Magpies are sitting on one win each after three rounds; The Magpies having beaten Redcliffe but lost to the Hunters and Townsville. While the Jets have beaten Norths but then lost two in a row to the Blackhawks and Capras.

Souths have now scored the same amount of tries as the Jets on thirteen, but defence is the difference with Souths having let in twenty while the Jets have only allowed twelve.

Souths have been involved in some high scoring games this year: 36-18, 24-18, and 46-26. This fits the way these Jets v Magpies games normally unfold with the results being 52-34 and 50-20 last year.

The Jets have now lost three halves in a row and will be looking to improve their 1 from 3 start to the year. Souths will be looking to capitalise on the experienced side they have at their disposal this season.

The Jets have 70 in their ‘for’ column while Souths have 68 contrasted with the ‘against’ where the Jets have 77 with Souths 100.

The Jets’ record at Davies Park is an impressive one having won 10 of 11 games there with their only loss in 2010, 34-12.

Souths Logan Magpies

The Magpies could be the Red Hill Magpies with their side being laden with Broncos: Jamayne Isaako, Marion Seve, Sam Scarlett, Herman Ese’ese, Travis Waddell, Caleb Timu, Joe Boyce, and George Fai all having contracts with the Broncos.

The Magpies forwards are scary big guys that all look angry and are six NRL standard players.

Caleb Timu and Herman Ese’ese have been outstanding for the Magpies; against the Dolphins Timu made 19 hit ups for 200 metres. While his big mate Ese’ese ran for 210 metres from his 19 runs.

On the back of this momentum the Magpies then get smaller forwards like Boyce and Waddell to go at the opposition.

In charge of bringing it all together the wily old fox Phil Dennis will be a considerable target for the Jets this week. Dennis has reached the stage of his career where he is smart enough and experienced enough to be able to control games and dictate the pace of the Magpies. Dennis will be looking to drift across the field and pick up runners while sucking in Jets’ defenders. The Jets will need to stay square and work hard from the inside on him.

All these young Magpies around him will have Dennis feeling youthful and keen to ball play all day for flying Magpies. Cameron Booth scored two tries against the Blackhawks and had two line breaks, two tackles breaks and two tries on the Magpies left hand side while Marion Seve had seven tackle breaks in his 9 runs.

Sam Scarlett will have to be stopped and his kicking game shut down; against Redcliffe he kicked to space five times and 378 metres. Scarlett loves to dummy and take the line on so the Jets will need to watch his running game stepping back inside the defence.

Ipswich Jets

The Jets have been in the nervous 190’s for two weeks waiting to bring up their 200th Intrust Super Cup win.

It’s a long time to wait for the double century. The last time the Magpies beat the Jets it was a goal after the siren by Jordan Rapana in 2014. Souths had the Jets begging for mercy at 24-0 after 14 minutes. That ended up 30-6 at half time and 40-40 at the 80th minute when Rapana converted a penalty to win Souths the game 42-40.

The Jets have only lost two of their last eight games against the Magpies.

Against the Capras the Jets missed their most tackles for the first three rounds with 36. Of the 15 errors the Jets made 7 were on tackle 3 or less. It’s hard to build momentum when you don’t hold onto the ball. The Capras finished with 11 more completed sets than the Jets.

Nat Neale was outstanding in defence. Neale was not only the Jets’ top defender but the game with 35 tackles and zero misses. Neale complemented this with his running game 13 hit ups gaining 120 metres with five tackle breaks.

Sebastian Pandia was excellent off the bench; 104 metres from his 12 hit ups, four tackle breaks and one line break. The Jets interchange bench contributed 245 metres of which Pandia was 42%. Richard Pandia was also the pick of the Jets’ players with 20 hit ups, 150 metres, three dummy half runs, two line breaks, four tackle breaks and a try. Pandia takes so much pressure off his forwards. When he goes to dummy half the Jets are starting the set off with momentum.

Rory Humphreys defence has been outstanding the first two weeks, now his attack is starting to show plenty of skill. Against Central Queensland he made seven tackle breaks and 135 metres with one line break.

Marmin Barba has played 48 Intrust Super Cup games for the Jets but 49 games for the Jets with the State Championship game against Newcastle. This week will be his 50th game. Marmin has scored 55 tries in those 49 games and 54 goals for 328 points.