Souths Logan Magpies v Ipswich Jets at Davies Park on Sunday, April 23 – 1.40pm* (Live on Channel 9 QLD)
Souths Logan Magpies
1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Cameron Booth 3. Daniel Russell 4. Scott Doyle 5. Luke Archer 6. Matthew Minto 7. Conner Toia 8. Jack Anderson 9. Travis Waddell 10. George Fai 11. Simione Fatafehi 12. Jaydn Su’a 13. Joe Boyce 14. Jordan Scott 15. Phil Dennis (c) 16. Aotealofa Tuimavave 17. Sam Lavea
Coach: Jon Buchanan
1. Wes Conlon 2. Michael Purcell 3. Ben White 4. Nemani Valekapa 5. Richard Pandia 6. Chris Ash 7. Dane Phillips (c) 8. Mitch Carpenter 9. Mikaere Beattie 10. Nat Neale 12. Seb Pandia 13. Rory Humphreys 22. Tyson Lofipo 11. Sam Martin 14. Luke Capewell 16. Huskie Teatau 21. Nathan Gaulton 15. Lachlan Roe
Coach: Ben Walker and Shane Walker
Ipswich Jets 23 Souths-Logan Magpies 17 Drawn 1
Last time they played:
IPSWICH JETS 28 (Marmin Barba 3, Haydan Lipp, Nemani Valekapa, Sebastian Pandia tries; Carlin Anderson 2 goals) def SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 20 (George Fai, Caleb Timu, Leon Panapa, Scott Doyle tries; Scott Doyle 2 goals) at Davies Park.
The Jets take on Souths-Logan this week at Davies Park and it’s a great game between these two great clubs.
The Jets’ record at Davies Park is an impressive one having won 11 of 12 games there with their only loss in 2010, 34-12.
Both the Jets and Magpies are both coming off wins; The Jets beat the Pride 24-10 while the Magpies beat Mackay 42-24.
The Jets played the Magpies once last year at Davies and won 28-20.
Overall it’s Ipswich 23 Souths 17 with one draw.
The Magpies are in fourth with 10 points against their name while the Jets are in 10th with four points.
The Magpies have a star studded forward pack: Joe Ofahengue, Travis Waddell, George Fai, Jaydn S’ua are all Broncos and will be keen to impress Wayne Bennett.
Joe Ofahengue has been called up to the Broncos for this week so he won’t be taking on the Jets.
The Magpies have scored 193 points this year from six games which is a remarkable 27 points per game.
In defence the Magpies have let in 127 points at 18 per game.
The Magpies have racked up 40 plus points the last three week, so they’re not afraid to attack.
The Magpies defence might be causing some headaches at Davies Park. Against the Cutters the Magpies let them score 24 points.
The Mapgies’ defence was very passive in places, allowing the Cutters to march forward with defenders backing off. Particularly on the blind side.
THREE MAGPIES TO WATCH.
The Jets know Minto well, he was always a pain when he played for the Capras or the Cutters. Minto runs the show, he will pull the strings and guys will follow him. Minto is likely to do anything. Against the Cutters Minto touched the ball 47 times.
The Magpies big mobile forwards like Fai will be loving Minto.
Archer is the experienced older head around the Magpies. He will do his job with no fuss but can’t be underestimated. He’s scored three tries this year for the Magpies.
A dangerous outside back. Jamayne has scored three tries this year and kicked 16 goals including seven from seven against the Cutters.
Isaako had six tackle breaks from fullback and a line break against the Cutters.
The Jets did a mission to Cairns and came home with the points. It was only the third time since 2008 so it’s an impressive win.
The Jets started well and the Pride had no answer.
The Jets have scored 138 points this season at 19 points per game. That’s a 55 point advantage to the Magpies this season in attack.
In defence the Jets have allowed 171 points. That’s the Magpies all over the Jets again by 44 points.
The Jets off-loads will test the Magpies this week; if the Magpies want to sit back and see how things pan out they might be very sad.
The Jets have off-loaded 173 times this season that’s 24 times on average per game. Nat Neale is the Jets boss off-loader with 27.
Sam Martin will need to overcome being put on report and the Jets will be hoping he can play. Lachlan Roe will be the cover.
Billy McConnachie will not be back again in 2017 having injured his knee.
THREE JETS TO WATCH
Nat Neale is playing the house down and should be one good game away from playing for Queensland Residents. Nat scored two tries last week.
Neale is in everything for the Jets. Against the Pride 18 runs, 181 meters, one line break, six tackle breaks and two off-loads with 27 tackles.
Nem was the Queensland centre last year and he’s backing it up again this year.
Nem leads the Jets with 926 meters from six games. That’s 154 meters per game on average. Nem’s post contact meters are 371 meters for this season. Nem is hard to tackle.
Mitchell Carpenter is the new kid but gee he is making an impact. Carpenter has made 192 tackles from his seven games.
But for a big man in the middle he’s only missed seven. That’s 97% effective tackling which is great.
Souths are the likeable neighbour, they mow for you when you’re are holidays and get your mail but when you play against them in the backyard you want to give it to them. That’s just the way it is. This week live on Nine will be no different. Great footy at a great local tribal ground.