The Ipswich Jets ended their 2017 season in style and nabbed the best of the rest title for seventh as they comprehensively beat the Central 44-4 in the first Intrust Super Cup to be held in Gatton.
A triple from five eighth Julian Christian, an unlikely double to prop Nat Neale, and an always likely contribution from Michael Purcell amongst others saw the jets score an eight tries to one victory over Central which helped condemn them to the wooden spoon for 2017.
It was reasonably close for the majority of the first half, with the Jets scoring two minutes before half time to make it 18-4 at the break. The second half was a different story as Ipswich scored five unanswered tries at regular intervals to secure a final victory for the Jets for 2017, and hand the Capras an 11th straight loss.\
With the battle for last now out of the Capras hands, they had to sit back and await the result at Piggabeen on Sunday…
Who knows if Ipswich will have the Walker brothers at the helm next year with the vacant Titans coaching vacancy. The Gold Coast NRL could do much worse than inject a little life into the franchise with Ben and Shane Walker. Although you’d probably have to ask Jarryd Hayne first.
IPSWICH JETS 44
Tries: Nat Neale (7m), Josh Seage (15m), Michael Purcell (38m), Julian Christian (47m), Julian (55m), Nat Neale (64m), Julian Christian (70m), Marion Seve (76m)
Goals: Jayden Connors 6/8 Conv
CENTRAL CAPRAS 4
Tries: Chanel Seigafo (11m)
The Intrust Super Cup heads to Gatton this weekend as the Ipswich Jets take their last home game a little further west on Saturday afternoon.
Ipswich haven’t got a great deal to play for heading into the final weekend after their very slim chances of playing finals were dashed by the Mackay Cutters at home last weekend. They are battling the Cutters and Burleigh for the best of the rest tag for seventh place.
Their opponents from Rockhampton – the Central Capras – have a bit more to play for as they are locked in a showdown with the Tweed Heads Seagulls to avoid the wooden spoon. A win will guarantee them safety from that title, as they are 1 point ahead going in the final weekend. Despite the fact that a loss may also be good enough, the Capras will want to break their 10 game losing streak before the season finishes, and end the season on a high note.
Ipswich got the Round 10 clash between these sides 30-16 in Rockhampton, and it is hard to look past the same result this time as well.
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 14. Julian Christian 15. Lachlan Roe 16. Huskie Teatau 17. Ben White 21. Jesse Roberts
Coach: Ben Walker and Shane Walker
1. Tony Tumusa 2. Ken Tofilau 3. Nathan Bassani 4. Samuel Smith 5. Chanel Seigafo 6. Maipele Morseau 7. Jack Madden 8. Oliver Percy 9. Krys Freeman 10. Jack Kavanagh 11. Liam Pickersgill 15. Luke George 13. Gavin Hiscox (c) 12. Guy Williams (c) 14. Junior Kirisome 16. Phill Nati 17. Cody Grills 18. Lance Kuveu 19. Billy Gilbert 20. Samuel Lollo
Coach: Kim Williams
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