Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Ipswich Jets
BMD Kougari Oval on Sunday, August 25 – 1.40pm*
Wynnum Manly Seagulls
1. Daniel Ogden2. Peter Gubb 3. Mitchell Cronin 4. Daniel Wallace 5. Greg Eden 6. Patrick Templeman (c) 7. Mathew Seamark 8. Stephen Coombe 9. Mitchell Moore 10. Magnus Stromquist 11. Mitchell Buckett 12. Alex Barr 13. Nicholas Harrold 14. Alehana Mara 15. Tim Natusch 16. Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard 17. Tanu Wulf
Coach: Jon Buchanan
1. Wes Conlon 18. Michael Purcell 3. Ben White 4. Nemani Valekapa5. Richard Pandia 14. Chris Ash 7. Dane Phillips (c) 8. David Fa’alogo 9. Mikaere Beattie 12. Liam Capewell 21. Jesse Roberts 22. Tyson Lofipo 16. Billy McConnachie 6. Haydan Lipp 13. Fakahoko Teutau 15. Sebastian Pandia 17. Hugh Sedger
Coach: Ben Walker and Shane Walker
Last time they played round seven:
WYNNUM MANLY SEAGULLS 30 (Daniel Ogden 2, Alex Barr, Peter Gubb, Patrick Templeman tries; Mathew Seamark 5 goals) defIPSWICH JETS 22 (Nathaniel Neale, Carlin Anderson, Joshua Seage, Billy McConnachie tries; Haydan Lipp 3 goals) at North Ipswich Reserve.
Head to Head: Jets v Wynnum Wynnum 21 Ipswich 17 Drawn 3.
The Jets will take on Wynnum this week in the last round of the Intrust Super Cup. It’s also the game on 9 this Sunday.
The last time the Jets travelled to Wynnum it was finals time last year and the Jets were playing the Hunters for a spot in the Grand Final. There won’t be any Grand Final spot up for grabs this week just pride.
The Jets haven’t played Wynnum at Wynnum since round 19 2015. The Jets came away 16-12 winners.
Wynnum have won 21 games against the Jets with the Jets on 17 and 3 draws- it’s pretty even.
At Wynnum against Wynnum the Jets are behind the Seagulls 13 Ipswich 7 drawn 2
Wynnum will be attempting to send their coach Jon Buchannan out with a win before he joins Souths next season.
Wynnum have 10 wins just the same as the Jets. The Jets have outscored the Seagulls 534 to 531 while in defence they’re pretty even too with the Jets on 539 while Wynnum are 533.
Wynnum are a typical Wynnum team- they’re a side of huge, forward ground eating monsters that spit, snarl and probably hate their mums.
Aaron Rockley, Magnus Stromquist, Alex Barr, Stephen Coombe, Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard and Salesi Funaki are currently or have in the past been part of NRL systems.
Wynnum coach Jon Buchanan thinks front rower Aaron Rockley is the man to watch.
“He’s the one. He’s 21, he’s a big kid and he’s an old-style front-rower,” Buchanan said.
“He doesn’t have a lot of leg speed but he’s tough, he carts the ball forward and he loves the contact. He loves nothing more than ripping in in defence.
“He’s not going to win you games with skill or anything like that but he’ll do his job really well in the middle.
“He’s got the most upside of all those young guys at the moment.
Wynnum are served well in the backs by Peter Gubb, Dan Ogden and Patrick Templeman.
Ogden has 15 tries this year and Templeman has 14.
The Jets will be after another win against a Seagulls after beating Tweed last week. The Jets don’t travel to Wynnum with a great record but they have won a preliminary final there last year.
Wynnum is a tough place to go; they’re angry vocal people who get in that Chook Pen and just plain give it to you.
The Jets have only had two games on 9 this year so it’s a chance to play some good football in front of a good crowd at the ground and on tv.
Against Tweed the Jets let the Seagulls get back into the game but always answered back and got the result in the end.
The two big plays against the Tweed were David Fa’alogo’s great cover defence in the last seconds. As Tweed attacked the Jets line Fa’alogo covered the inside and got to Nat Barnes in the corner.
The second big play was nearly everything Nemani did the whole game; two tries, breaking tackles and that pass for Josh Damon’s try was outstanding.
Nemani also scored his 39th try for the Jets and brought up his 250th point.
Richard Pandia was outstanding too and received the Jets’ players’ player scoring two tries. It’s Pandia’s runs back into the middle that win ground and respect. He’s simply never beaten, and is just pure strength. Without Pandia’s runs so many Jets’ sets wouldn’t start with momentum. Pandia ran 173 meters from 14 runs with 70 post contact meters.
Liam Capewell has his best game for the year with 137 meters, two try assists, two line break assists, two line breaks and five tackle breaks.
Jet number 453 Tyson Lofipo made his debut for the Jets in round 15 2006. Tyson will play his 136th game on Sunday against Wynnum and become the third most capped Jet behind Danny Coburn and Brendon Marshall.
This is a tough road trip, both teams can’t make finals but they can play football and go to the off-season on a positive. Both teams are representing proud rugby league areas and these clashes are always good value.