Ipswich Jets have turned around their season with a third straight win after defeating the Burleigh Bears 18-12 on Saturday afternoon.
In the end penalty goals and conversion goal kicking was the difference, but not before a late try to the man who knows how to score them – Michael Purcell – scored a late try to edge the Jets in front.
The Jets bookended the match with Purcell tries, the first after just one minute but still trailed 10-8 at half time to the 2016 premiers.
Both sides traded penalty goals a while after half time, but the key score was Purcell’s second of a double in the 71st minute. The man who scored 5 tries in his last game in the reserve grade competition before making the step up to the Intrust Super Cup sure knows how to score tries.
The loss leaves Burleigh on just two wins, while the Jets after a hat trick of wins will be eyeing off a Top 6 berth.
IPSWICH JETS 18
Tries: Michael Purcell (1m), Michael Purcell (71m)
Goals: Wes Conlon 2/2 Conv, 3/3 Pens.
BURLEIGH BEARS 12
Tries: Henare Wells (10m), Keanu Te Kiri (33m)
Goals: Keanu Te Kiri 1/2 Conv, 1/1 Pens
The opening clash of the weekend sees the two most recent premiers going head to head at North Ipswich Reserve, and whilst the Jets have won twice to get their season back on track, it looks a possibility that both could miss the finals in 2017.
Of course a run of wins will change that, and Ipswich’s two on the trot is a good place to start, and they were quite impressive against the in form Souths Logan Magpies last weekend. The problem being that the Jets have yet to win at home in three attempts.
Burleigh have also struggled in 2017, and it took until Round 6 to win a game at all. They did beat the Blackhawks the following week in Townsville too, and it looked like a corner had been turned for the 2016 Premiers.
And when the Bears scored first in last weekend’s big Anzac Day clash against the Hunters it looked like another big scalp was waiting to be taken. Unfortunately the only thing taken was 42 unanswered points as the PNG Hunters tore the Bears apart.
Whether that will have any hangover leading into this weekend is unlikely, and the addition of former NRL star Daniel Vidot will certainly help the Bears.
PLAYER TO WATCH
As ever Michael Purcell is one to watch for the Jets as a natural try scorer, and on the opposite side for the Bears it will be interesting to see how Daniel Vidot goes.
Ipswich in a close result, by 4 perhaps.
1. Wes Conlon 2. Michael Purcell 3. Ben White 4. Tu’u Maori 5. Richard Pandia 6. Chris Ash 7. Dane Phillips (c) 8. Mitch Carpenter 9. Luke Capewell 22. Tyson Lofipo 11. Sam Martin 12. Seb Pandia 13. Rory Humphreys 15. Lachlan Roe 16. Huskie Teatau 18. Peter Whittaker 21. Nathan Gaulton
Coach: Ben Walker and Shane Walker
1. Kurtis Rowe 2. Henare Wells 3. Sami Sauiluma 4. Connor Broadhurst 19. Daniel Vidot 6. Keanu Te Kiri 7. Daniel Schwass 8. Luke Page (c) 9. Christopher Law 10. Matt White 11. Jamie Dowling (c) 12. Hayden Schwass 13. Parahi Wilson 5. Sam Coster 16. Darren Griffiths 17. Dylan Kelly 18. Paterika Vaivai
Coach: Jim Lenihan
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