PNG Hunters v Ipswich Jets at BMD Kougari Oval on Sunday, September 20 – 3pm*
(Live on Channel 9/NBN/WIN)

Pardon the interruption in an action packed week of NRL finals, but it would be remiss as an Intrust Super Cup correspondent not to let fans know that the best game of rugby league this weekend may not feature names like Thurston, Gallen, Tuivasa-Sheck or anyone with a surname of Morris. The game of the weekend may well feature names like Anderson, Parcell, Eliab and of course Minoga. There will be a Barba, but the Ipswich speedstar Marmin type, not Ben.

If you don’t know the names already from a great season of Intrust Super Cup, after Sunday’s game you may well know them much better and getting on board before some of them take the NRL by storm.

The game in question is the knockout final between the PNG Hunters and the Ipswich Jets who are both vying to take to Suncorp Stadium on Sunday September 27 and play the waiting Townsville Blackhawks. Both teams have strong claims and plenty to offer for the discerning fan, at the neutral venue of BMD Kougari Oval at Wynnum. Why isn’t it in PNG because they finished 2nd in 2015 regular competition you ask? Well the QRL released a statement to tell you why.

http://www.qrl.com.au/news/2015/09/15/qrl_statement_semi_f.html

The clash on Brisbane’s bayside will feature the competitions, if not rugby league’s, most unpredictable sides. If the last game at North Ipswich Reserve is anything to go by, no one will be disappointed. I guess you had to be there, we were and you can catch up on the report here. http://www.nothingbutleague.com/2015/08/09/hunters-dominate-jets-in-match-of-the-entertainers/  Thankfully the TV cameras will capture this clash.

Ipswich are the form side coming into the game, as they have seen off quality opposition Easts Tigers and Northern Pride, both were last year’s grand finalists no less. Their two wins on paper look very strong with 44-18 and 54-26 victories over Easts and the Pride respectively, but hidden behind the score lines and spectacular tries in both games was the fact that both of their opponents were right in the game during the second half before a late surge of tries gave a little polish to the scoreboard.

To say Ipswich are the form side leading into the game is a little unfair to the PNG Hunters, who before last weekend’s loss to Townsville had been unbeaten since Round 6 in April. But this is finals football, and the Hunters were outplayed by the more experienced side in Townsville last Saturday night. Whether it was the occasion, or the opening that saw the Hunters have one play in the first seven minutes or so, it wasn’t their day as the passes didn’t stick and they were unable to break the Blackhawks.

Ipswich’s wins have come against the more conventional sides in Easts and Northern Pride, and one big question that was answered somewhat in these teams two previous clashes, is how do the Jets fare against the more unpredictable, unconventional sides. The same could be said of the Hunters who will probably enjoy the little extra room they will get this Sunday against Ipswich after being smothered last weekend.

Either way it will be entertaining, there’ll be as much side to side movement as tennis match, short kick offs, unbelievable offloads and plenty of tough stuff too. Head along to Wynnum if living close enough on Sunday afternoon, or catch the game in Qld on Channle 9 and the usual feeder stations from 3pm. Those out of the state should befriend someone in Queensland or catch up on Foxtel later in the week.

MATCH STATS

PREVIOUS CLASHES:
PNG 40 IPSWICH 28
IPSWICH 14 PNG 32

ODDS:
PNG $2.15 IPSWICH $1.75
LINE PNG +2.5

2015 RECORD:
PNG: P23  W18  D2  L3  F/A +231
IPSWICH: P23  W16  L7  F/A +198

 

TEAMS:

PNG Hunters v Ipswich Jets at BMD Kougari Oval on Sunday, September 20 – 3pm*(Live on Channel 9/NBN/WIN)

PNG Hunters: 1. Stargroth Amean 2. Oti Bland Tony 3. Noel Zeming 4. Edward Goma 5. Adex Wera 6. Israel Eliab (c) 7. Ase Boas 8. Henry Noki 9. Wartovo Puara 10. Esau Siune 11. Nickson Borana 12. Kato Ottio 13. Timothy Lomai 14. Warren Glare 15. Atte Bina 16. Willie Minoga 17. Thompson Teteh 18. David Lapua 19. Roger Laka                      

Coach: Michael Marum

Ipswich Jets: 1. Carlin Anderson 2. Marmin Barba 3. Liam Capewell 4. Nemani Valekapa 5. Richard Pandia 6. Josh Cleeland 7. Dane Phillips 8. Josh Seage 9. Matt Parcell 10. Rod Griffin 11. Sam Martin 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Keiron Lander (c) 14. Landon Hayes 15. Kurtis Lingwoodock 16. Billy McConnachie 22. Fakahoko Teutau                               

Coach: Ben Walker & Shane Walker

 

LAST WEEK’S MATCH REPORTS

IPSWICH v EASTS
http://www.nothingbutleague.com/2015/09/15/five-tries-to-matt-parcell-seals-jets-progress-in-finals/

TOWNSVILLE V PNG
http://www.nothingbutleague.com/2015/09/13/blackhawks-secure-grand-final-berth-with-win-over-hunters/