The Easts Tigers got away with a win at Langlands Park on Sunday against the Ipswich Jets but their comparatively inferior goal kicking on the day almost cost them the two points that has seen them overtake Redcliffe into 3rd on the ladder.
It could have been a loss so easily as the Jets rallied late to get within 4 points after converting a 74th minute penalty, and with Michael Purcell almost in the clear after that it would have been a little unfair on the Tigers if they had been beaten. As it was the Ipswich excitement machine dropped the ball, and the Tigers held on.
Easts took a 16-6 lead to the break, and they extended that further after the break to lead by as much as 24-6 by the 62nd minute. Not long after that the Jets kicked into gear and scored two converted tries in three minutes, and when a 73rd minute penalty went the way of the Jets and between the posts, there was just four points in it.
Ipswich couldn’t cross again, and as a result lost ground to the sixth placed Souths Logan Magpies. Easts boosted their feint chances of a top two placing with the win.
EASTS TIGERS 24
Tries: Jake Foster (10m), Jarrod McInally (20m), Billy Walters (23m), Jarrod McInally (51m), Brayden Torpy (61m)
Goals: Brayden Torpy 2/5 Conv
IPSWICH JETS 20
Tries: Nat Neale (16m), Luke Capewell (66m), Nat Neale (69m)
Goals: Wes Conlon 3/3 Conv, 1 Pen (73m)
An important game kicks off the Intrust Super Cup Round 19 action as both the Easts Tigers and Ipswich Jets look to continue their good recent form.
With the table topping Hunters and Falcons guaranteed two points thanks to a bye, the Tigers need the two points to stay within reach of a minor premiership. They will need to be on their game though, if Ipswich play as well as they did against Souths Logan last weekend.
The Jets 30-22 win over the Magpies not only gave them two points but took them from their nearest rival for the last spot ion the top 6. They are now within two points of sixth. They have won two in a row, which is a good response to their last loss three weeks ago when they were belted 44-0 by Burleigh.
Easts streak stands at three games since their last loss against Redcliffe, and were ruthless last weekend against another top 6 aspirant in the Mackay Cutters. The Tigers also feature NRL experience in the form of Robbie Rochow.
For all Ipswich’s flair and speed, they beat the Magpies with the big men up the middle, and will need to do that against a strong Easts. However the Linc Port v Michael Purcell match up will be interesting.
2017 Previous Result – R6 Ipswich 20 Easts 22.
1. Gerard McCallum 2. Linc Port 3. Shane Neumann 4. Conor Carey 5. Jarrod McInally 6. Billy Walters 7. Brayden Torpy 8. Robert Rochow 9. Tommy Butterfield 10. Matt Zgrajewski 11. Jake Foster (c) 12. Adam Crear 13. Jack Svendsen 14. Steven Thorpe 15. Charlie Galo 16. Mat Pitman 17. Young Tonumaipe’a 18. James Salter 19. Tekina Vailea 20. Luke Lavelle
Coach: Scott Sipple
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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