IPSWICH JETS 24
Tries: Nat Neale (2m), Richard Pandia (11m), Sam Martin (41m), Nat Neale (52m)
Goals: Wes Conlon 4 Conv
NORTHERN PRIDE 10
Tries: Kienan Grogan-Hayes (26m), Jordan Biondi-Odo (57m)
Goals: Khan Ahwang 1 Conv
By Dan White
Both sides head in after losses, the Pride remain at home and hope to redress their loss to the Blackhawks, while the Jets head north after just falling short against a resurgent Tigers team.
Last Time Out:
It was a heart breaker for the Jets as a 78th minute try left a conversion to level up the points, but it was not to be as the Tigers grabbed their third victory in a row on their climb up the ladder. It was a valiant effort against the more favoured tigers and the side should take some positives out of their never say die effort in this game.
The Pride were just a level below across the park against the Blackhawks but this clash should suit them a lot better. Good performances from their second rowers as well as consistent kicking from Khan Ahwang are blocks that this side can build upon. With this line-up settling in, they should be able to meet this week’s challenge.
Who to look out for:
This game will require both fullbacks in Jared Allen and Wes Conlon to step up and look to put themselves into the game more than usual. The opportunities around these packs as they tire may well be the deciding factor and for Allen in particular, being able to work of his hard working forwards may well be the difference maker.
How they will win:
The Pride must be aware of the short kick-offs that the Jets are now using with monotonous regularity. It is a good way to make the contest interesting, but when a side is ready for it, it does lose its value and gifts the opponent better field position in most cases. On top of this, they should look to play the same way as few have looked to shake up the Jets with their own tactics.
For the Jets, they have to realise a lot of what has worked for them in the previous two seasons is not working nearly as well as it did. They need some variations to their play as most of their tactics are becoming standard rather than game turning brilliance. Will the Walker Brothers be up to more changes in their style of play, or will they start working back to a more traditional game and break out the disruptors at intervals so they are harder to counter?
Pride at home for the second weekend and over the Easter break will make for a very rested team in comparison to their opponents. They should be able to take this game right up to the Jets and also take the points. Jets by 4.
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