Intrust Super Cup

Jets Win In A Thriller

Injured Ipswich Jets centre Samuel Caslick kicked a 41-metre field goal in the 77th minute to defeat the Sunshine Coast Falcons 17 – 16 at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

The Jets’ recent form of four losses from five away games and two defeats from previous meetings with the Falcons combined to make the Sunshine Coast side firm favourites going into the match.

But the Falcons lost their young halfback Rhys Jacks to a calf injury in their final training session just 24 hours before the game with young Brent Warr rushed in to take his place.

The Falcons started the game in style with centre Chris Lewis running through a gaping hole in the Jets’ defensive line to open the scoring.

It wasn’t until the 17th minute when five-eighth Julian Christian showed his blistering speed and fancy footwork to open the scoring for the Jets.

A 40-metre run from the Jets second-rower Sebastian Pandia, gave Michael Purcell all the momentum he needed to score his fifth try of the season.

After half-time, Falcons winger Jake Ainsworth took full advantage of the Jets scattered defence to score in the north-eastern corner of Sunshine Coast Stadium.

Only moments later, Matthew Soper-Lawler followed Ainsworth’s lead to score in the north-west corner to put the Falcons back in the lead for the first time in the second half.

The Jets speedster Wes Conlon took full advantage of a offside penalty in the 66th minute to level the scoring 16-all.

Both sides had several chances to take the lead back, but it took a 41-metre field goal from injured Jets centre Samuel Caslick to steal the win from the Falcons at home.

“We really had to dig deep for it.”

Jets Captain Nathaniel Neale said after the game they knew it was going to be a tough contest.

“We knew it was going to be a tough one against the boys’” he said.

“We really had to dig deep for it.”

Neale welcomed the experienced Marmin Barba back into his side, saying he brings a bit of experience and that x-factor into a side which already has speedster Conlon, Purcell and Christian.

“They’re tricky little fellas that get around the ball and they have a good footy brain’” he said.

“They are awesome to have around the big boys.”

Ipswich Jets will host the Redcliffe Dolphins at North Ipswich Reserve on Saturday at 3pm. The Sunshine Coast Falcons will travel to Barlow Park in Cairns to take on Ty Williams’ Northern Pride at 6pm.

Ipswich Jets 17 (Julian Christian, Michael Purcell; Wes Conlon 4 goals; Samuel Caslick field goal) def Sunshine Coast Falcons 16 (Chris Lewis, Jake Ainsworth, Matthew Soper-Lawler tries; Matthew Soper-Lawler 2 goals) at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

In other Round 7 results, Burleigh Bears 28 (Hayden Schwass, Blake Leary, Troy Leo, Matt White, Sami Sauiluma tries; Josh Rogers 4 goals) def Wynnum Manly Seagulls 22 (Peter Gubb 2, Daniel Ogden tries; Shaun Nona 2 goals) at Kougari Oval.

Redcliffe Dolphins 38 (Jonus Pearson 2, Jamil Hopoate, Cameron Cullen, Scott Schulte, Trai Fuller tries; Kotoni Staggs 7 goals) def Mackay Cutters 10 (Yamba Bowie, Nathan Saumalu tries; Yamba Bowie 1 goal) at BB Print Stadium.

Central Capras 15 (Maipele Morseu, Dave Taylor tries; Connor Broadhurst 2 goals; Zeik Foster field goal) def Northern Pride 8 (Jake Clifford try; Jake Clifford 2 goals) at McIndoe Park.

Still to play, Tweed Heads Seagulls vs. Easts Tigers at Piggabeen Sports Complex; PNG Hunters vs. Souths-Logan Magpies at Oil Search National Football Stadium; and Townsville Blackhawks vs. Norths Devils at Jack Manski Oval.

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