Ipswich turned on the flair they are famous for on Sunday afternoon by defeating the Easts Tigers and set up a mouthwatering play off with PNG Hunters, the winner the Grand Final to take on Townsville Blackhawks Sunday week.
The headline act was Manly bound Matt Parcell, and Sea Eagles fans will be licking their lips at the prospect of the young hooker at their club next years by scoring the Jet’s first five tries of the game, including four alone in the first half. Some were from great backup play, others from good running and one was an opportunistic effort that only go your way when you’re on top.
But it wasn’t all Ipswich as the final score might suggest, the turning point of the game was Ipswich’s third try, not for the six points that gave them a 6 point lead at 18-12 but for the kick off that felled Tigers five eighth Shaun Nona. The Tiger’s half has been instrumental in a great deal of their good form and his loss was felt there after, but not before Easts got within 6 points again by the 51st minute.
The first half was as you expect from a game featuring two quality Intrust Super Cup. Ipswich scored four tries and from anywhere and all of them to Matt Parcell. The best was after a sideline run by speedstar Marmin Barba who then kicked towards the posts looking for chasers and after the most perfectly placed backup from the Ipswich hooker after the ball hit the post and bounced back into play. The Jet’s fourth try came just before half time and gave the home side a 24-12 lead, it was a fourth to Matt Parcell for the half who in one half had broken the four try Intrust Super Cup finals record of Zac Santo after less than a day of the Blackhakws winger setting the record.
Easts though also had plenty in attack to match their well known defensive qualities, and their best of the year and the man unlucky not be Queensland Cup hooker of the season Tommy Butterfield opened the scoring in the 14th minute when he crashed over under the posts. The Jets are famed for their unpredictable and short kick offs, and whilst they are usually rewarded their follow up kick this time ended in a Tigers try after the knock back ended in Easts hands and 50 metres later they had the lead at 12-6 with over half of the first period to go.
Easts opened the scoring in the second half to get with 6 points, but in a play that sums up Ipswich’s play and luck on the day as a Tigers player squirmed out of some Jet defence only to be stripped one on one by the Ipswich hooker who ran away to score an unbelievable fifth try of the day, the 53rd minute video ref decision gave the Jets a 30-18 lead.
It was as close as the Tigers got as Ipswich went on the attack and scored three more times in the last 20 minutes to wrap up the victory and secure another week of finals football.
They will play the PNG Hunters next who will be looking to atone after being blown away by Townsville on Saturday. Having attended the last clash between Ispwich and PNG, I can only recommend that anyone with the time who get to the game on Sunday at Kougari Oval, or watch the game live on Channel 9.
IPSWICH JETS 44
Tries: Matt Parcell 5, Carlin Anderson, Nemani Valekapa, Kurtis Lingwoodock
Goals: Carlin Anderson 6
EASTS TIGERS 18
Tries: Brandon Downey, Tommy Butterfield, Felise Kaufusi
Goals: Shaun Nona 2, Brandon Downey
Shannon Meyer exclusively writes Intrust Super Cup for NothingButLeague