The Souths Logan Magpies v Ipswich Jets is fast becoming a game to circle at the start of the season, as the second instalment of this clash for 2017 was just as entertaining as the match earlier in the season. And just like that ealier clash the result went the way of the Ipswich Jets.
Souths Logan Magpies named a strong side, especially in the forwards which was formed from a group of players who have featured on the Broncos bench from time to time. Ipswich Jets are famed for their instinctive ad lib style of football, but they won the clash at Davies Park on the foundation of their much less fancied forward pack.
Of course it helps to have the skills of the Ipswich fast men, in particular Michael Purcell, who has racked up 30 tries in just a season and a half of Intrust Super Cup, and the more you see of the diminutive flyer, the more there is to like. Possibly too small for the NRL, but certainly not lacking in skill and speed.
Newcastle Knights bound Herman Ese’ese opened up the scoring early for Souths Logan with a strong run, but that effort matched when Ipswich big man Tyson Lofipo crashed over. It was followed up with the first of Michael Purcell’s two tries for the day five minutes later and the Jets were ahead and had a lead they weren’t to relinquish for the rest of the afternoon.
They extended that lead further with two more tries, one to five eighth Chris Ash and the second Michael Purcell try had the Magpies struggling at 24-6 down. Occasional Bronco hooker Travis Waddell scored before half time to reduce the gap at half time.
The Magpies looked up for it a little more after the half time break and when George Fai crossed they were within 8 points. Ipswich scored a slightly fortuitous try halfway through the second half to Sam Martin, off what looked to be a forward pass. The try stood and Ipswich were 14 points up with 20 minutes to go. Magpies halfback Sam Scarlett scored with enough time to make it interesting, but it was the final score, and Ipswich had themselves an important win.
The Jets now are within two points of sixth placed Souths Logan Magpies, the Ipswich inadvertently assisted the other finals chasing teams by bringing that sixth place a little closer with six games to go.
IPSWICH JETS 30
Tries: Tyson Lofipo (12m), Michael Purcell (17m), Chris Ash (28m), Michael Purcell (33m), Sam Martin (59m)
Goals: Wes Conlon 5/5 Conv
SOUTHS LOGAN MAPGIES 22
Tries: Herman Ese’ese (3m), Travis Waddell (36m), George Fai (44m), Sam Scarlett (67m)
Goals: Jamayne Isaako 3/4 Conv
An interesting and important clash awaits on Sunday for the TV Game as sixth and seventh meet at Davies Park.
Souths Logan currently sit four points above their Round 18 opponents, and a win this weekend will just about sort out the top 6 with Ipswich and other top 6 aspirants needing to win three more games than the Magpies to overtake them in the last 7 rounds.
The Magpies got back to winning ways last weekend against Wynnum after a losing run of two games against the current top two sides prior to that. They will be wary of the Jets who have already being them once in 2017 in a very entertaining game that was also a TV game.
The Jets responded well last weekend to the 44-0 flogging handed to them by Burleigh in Round 16 by defeating their Gold Coast rivals Tweed Heads 40-14. Their try scoring machine Michael Purcell got a hat trick in that game, and the competition’s equal second highest try scorer needs to keep scoring in multiples if he is going to catch the Blackhawks’ Jonathon Rueben. He is seven tries ahead.
It should be entertaining, and the added pressure of Ipswich trying to keep their season alive and Souths Logan trying to kill off some potential competition for the top 6 will no doubt make it a good view for anyone with a lazy Sunday planned.
Previous 2017 Result – Ipswich 36 Souths Logan 30
Souths Logan Magpies
1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Cameron Booth 3. Lenny Magey 4. Scott Doyle 5. Luke Archer 6. Matt Minto 7. Sam Scarlett 8. Tevita Pangai 9. Travis Waddell 10. Herman Ese’ese 11. Simione Fatafehi 12. Jaydn Su’A 13. Joe Boyce 14. Jordan Scott 15. Phil Dennis (c) 16. George Fai 17. Sam Lavea
Coach: Jon Buchanan
1. Wes Conlon 2. Michael Purcell 3. Marion Seve 4. Nemani Valekapa 5. Richard Pandia 6. Chris Ash 7. Dane Phillips (c) 8. Mitch Carpenter 9. Luke Capewell 10. Nat Neale 21. Jesse Roberts 12. Seb Pandia 22. Tyson Lofipo 11. Sam Martin 15. Lachlan Roe 16. Huskie Teatau 17. Josh Seage 13. Ben White
Coach: Ben Walker and Shane Walker
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