Mackay Cutters took the upper hand in the battle for the Best of the Rest prize for seventh place by beating the former occupant Ipswich and jumping ahead of the Jets with one round to go.
In a game where the lead changed several times, it was anyone’s game until the Cutters got the crucial try with three minutes to go to run out five tries to three winners.
The Jets led early courtesy of a converted try and penalty goal, but the Cutters hit back with two tries in four minutes to grab the lead off the Jets and take a 12-8 lead to the break.
Mackay scored first after the break to extend the lead, but it was Ipswich’s turn to put two quick tries on to snatch the lead back. Their lead lasted just four minutes as the Cutters went back in front to lead 24-20 until that 77th minute try sealed the game.
Ipswich head west next weekend to Gatton to take on the Capras, Mackay have the much harder game at home to Souths Logan.
MACKAY CUTTERS 30
Tries: Bennett Leslie (20m), Yamba Bowie (24m), Andrew Davey (51m), Nicho Hynes (67m), Kouma Samson (77m)
Goals: Jack Joass 5/5 Conv
IPSWICH JETS 20
Tries: Marion Seve (14m), Michael Purcell (57m), Julian Christian (63m)
Goals: Jayden Connors 3/3 Conv, 1 Pen
An entertaining game awaits to kick off the Intrust Super Cup Round 24, as the Ipswich Jets and Mackay Cutters face off in the battle for the tag of best of the rest and seventh place.
The Jets are still mathematically capable of making the finals, being just two points behind the Townsville Blackhawks with two rounds to go, but Townsville have a guaranteed tow points to come from the bye and Ipswich will need to overcome a 159 point deficit in for and against.
That means Ipswich will likely need to win Saturday’s game by 60 or more, and for all their entertainment and free wheeling attack, a win that big against a Mackay side who have been in reasonable form lately is unlikely.
A new addition for the Jets is Jayden Connors, who scored a double on his debut two games ago is at the back replacing Wes Conlon, and forms a dynamic duo with try scoring machine Michael Purcell. The Pandia brothers also have plenty to play for as the World Cup is on the horizon, and spots in the Kumuls side will be getting more competitive.
There are fewer well known names for the Cutters, but they find themselves just two points shy of Ipswich, and a win will see them take over seventh spot.
18. Jayden Connors 2. Michael Purcell 3. Marion Seve 4. Tu’u Maori 5. Richard Pandia 6. Chris Ash 7. Dane Phillips (c) 8. Mitch Carpenter 13. Hugh Sedger 10. Nat Neale 11. Josh Seage 12. Seb Pandia 22. Tyson Lofipo 9. Peter Whittaker 15. Lachlan Roe 16. Huskie Teatau 21. Jesse Roberts
Coach: Ben Walker and Shane Walker
1. Jack Joass 2. Johnny Faletagoa’i 3. Kellen Jenner 4. Nathan Saumalu 5. Yamba Bowie 6. Nicho Hynes 7. Cooper Bambling 8. Braden Uele 9. Aaron Booth 10. Nicholas Brown 11. Andrew Davey 12. Setaimata Sa 13. Shane Wright 14. Lona Kaifoto 15. Bennett Leslie 16. Kouma Samson 17. Jack Blagbrough 18. Blake Atherton
Coach: Steve Sheppard
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