The Savige Pest Control Ipswich Jets Intrust Super Cup Round Seven Preview
INTRUST SUPER CUP PREVIEW
ROUND SEVEN – North Ipswich Reserve
IPSWICH JETS V BURLEIGH BEARS
OVERALL RECORD – BEARS 26 JETS 15 with two draws.
LAST FIVE GAMES.
2019: Bears 22 Jets 16 (Ipswich)
2019: Bears 42 Jets 8 (Pizzey Park)
2018: Bears 42 Jets 20 (Ipswich)
2018: Bears 44 Jets 0 (Pizzey Park)
2017: Jets 18 Bears 12 (Ipswich)
ROUND SEVEN, 2021
The Bears would be a horrible date, you wouldn’t want to take them out for dinner; they’ve inflicted so much pain on Ipswich and they’ve done it with a smile on their face which makes it even worse.
You hope you never have to see them again but then the next year they pop up again.
The Jets have a terrible record heading down the coast having not won there since 2013. The Jets were able to beat off the Bears in August 2013 when they won 40-22.
At Pizzey Park the Burleigh Bears lead 12 Ipswich 6 Drawn 1.
Ipswich have four wins and a draw from last nine games there.
2019 was the Jets getting hammered 42-8.
The Jets travelled there in round 16, 2017 it was the first time the Jets were kept scoreless since 1997 and Burleigh went savage on the Jets 44-0.
The last three trips to the Bears lair have produced 110 points for the Bears and 28 for the Jets.
In fact, the Jets haven’t beaten the Bears at all since 2017. When the Jets won 18-12 with Michael Purcell getting two tries.
The Bears now lead the Jets 26 wins to 15 and two draws.
The horror and despair as you drive home from the Coast runs deep and no amount of take-away and comfort eating fixes it.
You swear next year will be different; so here we go again and yes, this time it will be different.
THREE BEARS TO WATCH
Bears fullback Kurtis Rowe seems to have been at the Bears forever, I am sure he took over from Reggie Cressbrook. Rowe has scored 60 tries for the Bears in his 95 games.
The Bears stalwart is closing in 100 Intrust Super Cup games, the dual premiership winning Duncan Hall medallist has achieved plenty of big things in his career and he will be looking to add a Jets scalp to his collection this week.
Rowe leads the competition for line break assists with seven and nine tackle breaks. Danger signs will be up when Rowe gets the ball.
Josh Rogers will be half of the kicking metres battle with Josh Cleeland. Rogers kicked the Devils to death with his long kicking game and made 216 metres from his eight kicks. Rogers controls the tempo for the Bears and that allows Guy Hamilton to do his thing.
Sami Sauiluma is a Intrust Super Cup superstar with two premierships- his 41 tries in 91 games means the outside back keeps proving his worth year after year.
Against the Devils there he is again two tries in five minutes and then ending the game with a third try. He adds 14 runs and 165 metres later and the centre had carnage behind him.
Three-line breaks, one-line break assists and one try assist is a big day out.
THREE JETS TO WATCH
While the Jets light stepping, try scoring maestro on the Bears radar is Julian Christian. Christian has now scored six tries in six games and is closing in on the 100 points.
Julian has scored 23 tries now and one goal for 94 points from 43 games for the Jets.
Christian was at it again against Tweed with 12 runs and 118 metres, one-line break and one try to back up his five tackle breaks.
Kierran Moseley will be going back to Prizzy Park this week where he played for the Bears in his 86 game Intrust Super Cup career. Moseley is closing in on 50 games for the Jets.
Moseley is tackling himself to a stand still this year with 206 tackles, the fourth most in the Intrust Super Cup. Moseley will be a massive danger for the Bears and they will know it. Moseley didn’t get a lot of chances to run against Tweed but if the Bears go to marker for a rest he will be off to add to his two tries this year.
It’s Kierran’s birthday this week too, what better way to celebrate than a win over the Bears and a try.
Tyson Lofipo the big front rower knows what the Jets need to do and he will be leading it again on Saturday in game 200.
Lofipo will put his hand up and charge into the Bears pack and the battle with Page will be worth the drive to the Gold Coast. Lofipo has 11 tackle breaks this year and will rise to the challenge in this milestone game.
Tyson Lofipo needs four points for 100 points for Jets- 24 tries.
Rich Pandia 14 points to 150 – 34 tries
Julian Christian 6 points to 100 – 22 tries and one goal
Josh Cleeland needs one goal for his 50th goal for the Jets
*Josh Cleeland brought up his 150th point last week against Tweed, Cleeland’s seven goals took his tally to 162 points with 16 tries and 49 goals for the Jets.