Ipswich kept their finals chances alive by upsetting the Townsville Blackhawks in Winton on Saturday night.
Despite the Townsville side being much closer to Saturday night’s venue than Ipswich, the Jets will have the good feeling of a vital win to take back to south east Queensland with them, after a fighting back from a Blackhawks onslaught early in the second half.
The Jets led 12-4 at half time after the Blackhawks scored first through recent recruit Jordan Drew in the 10th minute, but Ipswich replied with two quick in three minutes.
The second half saw Townsville overtake Ipswich very quickly with three tries in seven minutes, to NRL talent Blake Leary, Sione Lousi and someone who probably should be in Jonathon Rueben. That burst left them 20-12 in front at the 50th minute mark.
Ipswich fought back though, and scored two tries in six minutes, by which time they were back in front with just over 10 minutes to play, through ex NRL talent of their own Luke Capewell and prop Nat Neale who is in rich try scoring form with three in two games. Those final minutes didn’t see any further additions to the scoring, and the Jets held on for a win which keeps their season alive for another week.
In the end it came down to goal kicking, and not even having the competition point scoring leader Carlin Anderson was enough to give Townsville the Win in Winton.
The Jets remain in the hunt for the finals, but will need to do something about their negative for and against. Their win against the Blackhawks this weekend, after a competitive showing against Easts and win against Souths Logan in previous weeks proves they might be a big chance against the better teams if they make the finals.
IPSWICH JETS 22
Tries: Tyson Lofipo (15m), Marion Seve (18m), Nat Neale (61m), Luke Capewell (67m)
Goals: Wes Conlon 3/4 Conv
TOWNSVILLE BLACKHAWKS 20
Tries: Jordan Drew (10m), Blake Leary (42m), Sione Lousi (45m), Jonathon Reuben (49m)
Goals: Carlin Anderson 2/4 Conv
Ipswich Jets v Townsville Blackhawks
@ Eric Lenton Memorial Recreation Ground, Winton
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
1. Carlin Anderson 2. Ty Carucci 3. Jordan Drew 4. Davin Crampton 5. Jonathon Reuben 14. Kierran Moseley 7. Kyle Laybutt 8. Francis Molo 9. Anthony Mitchell (c) 22. Oshae Tuiasau 11. Blake Leary 12. Andrew Niemoeller 13. Jordan Kenworthy 15. Ross Bella 16. Sione Lousi 17. Temone Power 19. Sam Foster
Coach: Kristian Woolf
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