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INTRUST SUPER CUP PREVIEW
ROUND FIVE- North Ipswich Reserve
IPSWICH JETS V CENTRAL QUEENSLAND CAPRAS
OVERALL RECORD – Ipswich 30 Capras 13 with one draw. TEAMS: https://www.qrl.com.au/draw/intrust-super-cup/2021/round-5/jets-v-capras/
LAST FIVE GAMES
2019 – Jets 28 Capras 18 (Woorabinda)
2018 – Jets 42 Capras 28 (Ipswich)
2018 – Capras 28 Jets 18 (Rockhampton)
2017 – Jets 44 Capras 4 (Gatton)
2017 – Jets 30 Capras 16 (Rockhampton)
ROUND FIVE, 2021
Both teams are getting desperate and will want to move off the bottom of the table.
Overall, the Jets are leading the Central Queensland boys 30 to 13 with one draw. The Jets have won nine of the last 11 against our Central Queensland brothers.
Ipswich has not been a great hunting ground for the Capras the Capras have won three, Jets 13 with one draw. The Jets have won the last eight in a row.
The last time the Capras won in Ipswich was 2009 Round five at Briggs Road 23-18 with Origin hooker PJ Marsh scoring two tries.
Central 23 (George Tuakura 2, Tyron Haynes, Karl Johnson tries; PJ Marsh 2, Nat Bowman goals; PJ Marsh field goal) def Ipswich 18 (Chris Afamasaga, Danny Coburn, Paul Stephenson tries; Scott Ireland 3 goals)
The Jets and Capras aren’t too dissimilar to attack with the Jets having scored 68 points this season while the Capras have scored 78.
In defence the Capras have let in 98 compared to the Jets 162.
PLAYERS TO WATCH – CAPRAS
Jack Madden has been a mainstay of the Capras since 2017 and continues to get the Central Queensland team around the park.
Madden has played 59 games for the Capras and this season is the club’s highest try scorer with three in four games.
This season Madden has been kicking the life out of the ball and making great meters for the Capras. Madden is averaging over 200 meters a game and his short kicking game has forced two repeat sets. Madden has gained 804 meters for the Capras with his long game- third most in the Intrust Super Cup.
Nixon Putt is the running machine of the Capras, in 71 Intrust Super Cup games Putt has dominated the defence with his damaging running. Putt won the Norths Devils forward of the year in 2019 and has taken the show on the road to Central Queensland where he continues to cause havoc. Putt has three-line breaks and is averaging 125 meters.
Lachlan Hubner is the Capras tackling machine, in four games this season he has racked up 157 tackles for Central Queensland which makes him second on the table for the Intrust Super Cup behind Nat Neale on 158.
Hubner is proving handy with the ball too, with 10 tackle breaks.
PLAYERS TO WATCH – JETS
Nat Neale has reached the stage where I am running out of words and ways to convey what he does and how he does it.
Neale is super human, 155th game for the Jets last week and he’s now number three on the list for most games for the Jets. In hard conditions on Saturday in rain, Jets struggling to gain momentum there he is taking his 16th hit up.
If you took the score away and just showed someone the run they wouldn’t know the Jets were behind and no chance of winning because his run in the first minute was just as good. 45 tackles too and he leads the Intrust Super Cup with 158 tackles from four games.
Richard Pandia against the Tigers it was a hard slog, the Jets couldn’t get out of their end and couldn’t find ground but Pandia kept charging in like a mad man.
Two line-breaks and a try- Pandia made 72 meters and Nat Neale made 80. That shows how difficult it was and how good Pandia was coming out of our end.
Josh Cleeland is trying to kick the Jets to better field position and a lot of time it’s working. He’s kicked the ball 35 times this season and made 962 meters for the Jets.
Cleeland is averaging over 200 meters a game for the Jets and his kicking game played a vital role on Saturday in challenging conditions.
Cleeland’s strength is running the ball but the Jets are doing so much defending that he is missing out on good ball at the right part of the field.
Two teams that are in a similar position in 2021 and need a win. The Jets will be looking to grind it out. Even if that means a low scoring two-point win- take it.
At the moment the Jets are the batsmen that just needs a 50. Even if it’s scratchy and you edge through slips but get to that 50 so you can remind yourself life isn’t too bad and I remember how to bat.
Jayden Connors needs two points for 100 points for Jets- 17 tries and 15 goals.
Tyson Lopfipo needs four points for 100 points for Jets- 24 tries.
Nat Neale needs 18 points for 150 points for the Jets- 33 tries