Sunshine Coast Falcons v Ipswich Jets
Hervey Bay on Saturday, April 23- 6.30pm
Sunshine Coast Falcons
1. Eddie Tautali 2. Samuel Young 3. Rowan Klein 4. Callum Klein 5. Samuel Wright 6. Alex Bishop 7. Ryley Jacks 18. Erevonu Kamikamica 9. Nafetalai Seluini 10. Martin Cordwell 11. Patrick Hollis 12. Joe Stimson 13. Troy Giess (c) 14. Thomas Geraghty 15. Jye Ballinger 16. David Oakes 17. Ryan Hansen 19. Mboya Adams
Coach: Craig Ingebrigtsen
1. Carlin Anderson 2. Joshua Robinson 3. Liam Capewell 4. Nemani Valekapa 5. Richard Pandia 6. Haydan Lipp 7. Dane Phillips (c) 8. David Fa’alogo 9. Landon Hayes 10. Nathaniel Neale 11. Abraham Atallah 12. Joshua Seage 13. Fakahoko Teutau 14. Sebastian Pandia 15. Tyson Lofipo 16. Billy McConnachie 17. Jesse Roberts
Coach: Ben Walker and Shane Walker
Last time they played round 25 2015:
IPSWICH JETS 34 (Carlin Anderson, Marmin Barba, Brandon McGrady, Dane Phillips, Matt Parcell, Richard Pandia tries; Carlin Anderson 5 goals) def SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS 16 (Rowan Klein, Young Tonumaipea, Jacob Samoa tries; Ryan Hansen 2 goals) at North Ipswich Reserve.
Head to Head – Ipswich 10 Sunshine Coast 3 Drawn 1
The Sunshine Coast have been transformed and their defence has improved dramatically this year.
The Falcons have scored 155 points and let in 160 for a points difference of -5. While the Jets have scored 156 points and let in 191 for a points difference of -35.
The Jets have scored 30 tries this year and had 31 scored against them.
Sunshine Coast Falcons have scored 29 tries and had 28 scored against them.
The Falcons are currently coming 7th while the Jets have fallen to 11th spot on the table.
The Falcons have four wins compared to the Jets two wins. Last year the Falcons only won seven games the entire season averaging 25 points against per game.
SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS
The Falcons got off to a great start against the Blackhawks, scoring first and taking the lead at half time.
After half time the Falcons lost their way a little allowing the Blackhawks too much ball and space.
The Blackhawks hooker found plenty of loose defenders and made meters
The Falcons have two dominate forwards in Troy Geiss who is the Falcons’ captain and Alex Bishop who is playing hooker at the moment in place of Nafe Seluini who is expected to be back this week.
Bishop was a stand out against the Blackhawks making 32 tackles.
Ryley Jacks ran the ball seven times against the Blackahawks from the 31 times he received the ball. He loves to take the line on.
Rowen Klein is a big centre that runs to the outside of his opposite creating chances for himself and his winger on the Falcons’ left hand side. Klein ran the ball 14 times and made 111 metres scoring a try for the Falcons.
The Falcons executed a lovely play where Bishop turned it to the blind side for Jacks to find the Oakes and fullback Tautali to throw a great pass to Sam Young if the Jets don’t come up the blind the Falcons might well use the same play again.
The Jets’ mounting injury toll is part of football but when you’re two wins it doesn’t make life easier.
Marmin Barba- broken Fibula, Sam Martin- Scaphoid Fracture, Richard Pandia- Rib Cartilage, Liam Capewell- dislocated Patella, Wes Conlon- ACL, Rory Humphreys- MCL, Michael Purcell – fractured
Wrist, Jessie Roberts – torn Glute, Nat Neale – torn Adductor and Hayden Lipp – Mallet Finger.
The positive is that a few BRL guys are going to get a chance over the next few weeks to make the step up and play Intrust Super Cup.
Josh Robinson has been named on the wing and would be Jet number 572.
Against Wynnum the Jets had another mixed bag doing plenty right- The Jets had 55% of the ball, missed 6 less tackles, 2 more line breaks, 167 more metres, 27 less ineffective tackles and 26 more runs- yet lost.
The Jets haven’t maintained that pressure so far this season, they’ve done it in bits and halves but not for whole games.
Billy McConnachie was outstanding: Billy charged in and made 158 metres for the Jets
Carlin Anderson also was strong scoring a try and getting involved a lot from dummy half to take pressure off his forwards. Anderson scored a great try backing up the middle and took an offload from Tyson Lofipo.
Carlin received the ball 53 times against Wynnum which was the second most behind the hooker Landon Hayes.
Josh Seage was great against Wynnum: scoring a try, topping the tackle count with 29 and second most metres with 139 metres.
The Jets again made too many errors and pushed the pass instead of going to ground and digging into the line ready to attack again.
The Jets attack flows from applying pressure to the opposition, when the Jets hold the ball and not even complete sets but get to the option they want they are able to apply pressure in a relentless fashion that has other teams gasping for air.