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INTRUST SUPER CUP PREVIEW
ROUND TEN – Barlow Park
IPSWICH JETS V Northern Pride
OVERALL RECORD – Jets 14 Pride 12 with one draw
LAST FIVE GAMES
2019 – Jets 22 Pride 12 (Cooktown)
2019 – Jets 28 Pride 16 (Ipswich)
2018 – Pride 34 Jets 24 (Cooktown)
2018 – Jets 16 Pride 12 (Ipswich)
2017-Jets 32 Pride 22 (Ipswich)
The Jets will be going to Cairns to take on the Northern Pride this week. A trip away that hopefully will bring about a tough win away from home that can kick start the Jets season. Make no mistake the Jets will be underdogs.
It’s been a long while since the Jets had to even travel to Cairns to take on the Pride, 2017 was the last time the Jets made the trip north and they came away with their third win from 11 games at Barlow Park.
Jets’ skipper Nat Neale got two tries and the Jets won 24-10.
The Jets have never found it a nice place to travel with one win in 2008, then they had to wait until 2016 and 2017 for their three wins.
Now the Jets have won the last two games there and looking for three in a row after losing eight in a row at Barlow Park.
The Pride have created a tough place to visit that doesn’t provide a holiday atmosphere. The Pride have won 93 of their 133 games at home at 70%.
The mystery of the Jets continues to keep me awake at night.
62% of the ball against the Magpies, the Jets had the ball for 12 more minutes than Souths and missed 12 less tackles and made Souths do 35 more tackles but lost by eight.
The Pride have won three and drawn one of their last four so are in good form. Last round against the Tigers they got away to a good start despite losing their fullback Jayden Corrigan.
From there the other Jayden- Jayden Hodges took over and controlled the game. When the Tigers came back at them the Northern Pride were still in control.
The Pride controlled when and where they gave the Tigers the ball and the Tigers had to make 95 more tackles.
THREE PRIDE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Doing his best from the back will be Northern Pride fullback Jayden Corrigan. Corrigan has been in a great form for the Pride.
Corrigan has five tries in nine games this season and more importantly 41 tackle breaks. Corrgian didn’t have a great day out against the Tigers going off for a HIA after 27 minutes.
Corrigan has brought the ball back for the Pride this year and added plenty of sauce on top of the steak.
The Pride fullback isn’t just breaking tackles, he’s then moving and moving fast with an average of 161 meters per game.
He is great at backing up through the middle and offers great support play- his try against the Tweed was classic fullback play. Corrigan has the second most metres in the Intrust Super Cup with 1321
Jayden Hodges has moved from the Cutters to the Pride and is doing a terrific job in the middle for the Pride.
Hodges was man of the match against the Tigers last week with 38 tackles and playing 72 minutes Hodges kept the Pride tight in the middle and provided attacking spark.
Hodges ran for 112 metres and scored a great try. The Pride hooker can kick and get a repeat set or he can just ride his forwards up the field until it’s time to go.
Joshua Stucky is making a name for himself and is having a great season for the Pride. His 24 off-loads have him leading the Intrust Super Cup and he’s gone past injured Jet Nat Neale.
Stucky has impressed this year and is coming 6th in the Petero Medal count for the player of the Intrust Super Cup.
Stucky puts great pressure on the kickers, and Josh Cleeland and Rhys Jacks will have to be watching from the inside because Stucky loves getting there.
THREE JETS PLAYERS TO WATCH
Kierran Moseley was great again against the Magpies and plugged up any holes. The Jets hooker did a great job on his opposite number until the end when Cory Paix was able to take advantage of Moseley stranded on the ground and no marker.
Mosley topped the tackle count with 46 tackles, played the whole 80 minutes and scored a try backing up a kick chase.
Mosley has now made 306 tackles, which tops the Jets and is third in the Intrust Super Cup.
It’s worth noting when Ezra Mam ran 80 metres to score it was the Jets hooker chasing him.
Seb Pandia has cut back his minutes on the field but not his work ethic. The Kumul is charging into teams and bending the line like never before.
This clash will bring together two King Kumuls- Rod Griffin and Seb Pandia
Seb Pandia played 37 minutes across two stints on the field but clocked up a massive 203 metres.
There was a run against the Magpies where the Jets weren’t going too far and Panida has skittled four of them out of the way his legs pumped him forward.
Ben White continues to stabilise the Jets backline and get from them what he wants. White is a leader on Saturday against the Magpies he was at his stable best.
White made 13 runs and 119 metres back at the bigger Magpies but did his job.
White’s try showed his determination when he cut back inside at the inside shoulder and found the line with some footwork.
Tyson Lopfipo needs four points for 100 points for Jets- 24 tries.
Richard Pandia 6 points for 150 points- 36 tries.