FOUR POINTERS FROM THE GAME
Good first win, but are they Jets back? Ipswich weren’t able to live up to their premiership winning season of 2015 last year, but the 34-6 win against Tweed Heads is a good start to return to finals. Can they do it with the same style, well one of their tries to Richard Pandia came just seconds after the Jets were able to pick up the ball after one of their infamous short grubber kick off.
Michael Purcell, try scoring machine. Confirming that Ipswich have plenty to cover the losses of Carlin Anderson and Marmin Barba, Michael Purcell continued his run of scoring in the Intrust Super Cup. His try was after fullback Wes Conlon did most of the hard work after an intercept on their tryline, but a natural born try scorer can sniff a try from anywhere, and he was in the right place to score. The Jets will be hoping for plenty more in 2017.
Luke Capewell will likely prove a good recruit for the Jets. The rugby league journeyman who played a good deal of NRL provides a little more experience in the backs after losing a few players in the two previous off seasons. His goal kicking will be a boost to a team that will likely score plenty of tries. He also scored one himself at Piggabeen.
Not a great start from the Seagulls, are they heading in the direction of the wooden spoon in 2017? It is only one game so far, but Tweed Heads will need more to halt their slide down the Intrust Super Cup ladder which stopped at second last in 2016.
IPSWICH JETS 34
Tries: Nemani Valekapa (20m), Richard Pandia (35m), Richard Pandia (41m), Michael Purcell (60m), Luke Capewell (64m), Christopher Ash (73m).
Goals: 5 Conv.
TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 6
Tries: Morgan Boyle (39m)
Goals: 1 Conv
Two teams who had a very disappointing 2016 season will be looking to make a positive start to their respective 2017 campaigns at Piggabeen on Sunday afternoon.
Ipswich Jets, the 2015 premiers, missed the finals completely in 2016 and the Tweed Heads side slide down the ladder as far as second last come season’s end.
Ipswich have lost some of their firepower from their great side of 2015 with Carlin Anderson heading north to Townsville and Marmin Barba retiring in addition to the losses as a result of their premiership success. They have nabbed Luke Capewell to partner Dane Phillips in the halves, and Capewell is a proven performer in the Intrust Super Cup.
Tweed Heads off season highlight is the return of Damian Sironen amongst others. Whether he can make the difference and send the Seagulls back up the ladder remains to be seen. The way fellow Gold Coast side Burleigh turned their fortunes around in 2016 can give solace.
Looking forward to seeing if Ipswich try scoring machine Michael Purcell can continue his great run of try scoring. On the Seagulls side looking forward to seeing the nephew of former Rothman’s Medal winner Ewan McGrady – Lindon McGrady – run around. If he has half the ability of his relative there’ll be plenty to watch this year.
We will see if the Ipswich Jets cavalier style returns for 2017 and has the same success as 2015. The Jets look to have more points in them an as such am tipping them for the win.
Ipswich by 8.
Tweed Heads Seagulls
1. Lindon McGrady 2. Adam Barnes 3. Talor Walters 4. James Toole 5. Regan Ogle 6. Sionetakapautolo Alofi 7. Michael Burgess 8. Damian Sironen (c) 9. Samuel Meskell 10. Carne Doyle-Manga 11. Lamar Manuel-Liolevave 12. Samuel Saville 13. Nicholas Harrold 14. Petero Nakubuwai 15. Kaleb Bernard 16. Shane Gillham 17. William Johnstone 18. Mackenzie Reid 19. Sam Carsons
Coach: Aaron Zimmerle
1. Wesley Conlon 2. Michael Purcell 3. Marion Seve 4. Nemani Valekapa 5. Richard Pandia 6. Luke Capewell 7. Dane Phillips (c) 8. William McConnachie 9. Christopher Ash 10. Nathaniel Neale 22. Tyson Lofipo 21. Jesse Roberts 13. Ben White 12. Fakahoko Teutau 14. Mikaere Beattie 15. Sebastian Pandia 17. Mitchell Carpenter
Coach: Ben Walker and Shane Walker
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