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INTRUST SUPER CUP PREVIEW

ROUND TWELVE – North Ipswich Reserve

IPSWICH JETS V SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS

OVERALL RECORD – Ipswich 13 Falcons 7 with two draws
TEAMS: https://www.qrl.com.au/draw/intrust-super-cup/2021/round-12/jets-v-falcons/

LAST FIVE GAMES

2021 – Falcons 36 Ipswich 20 (Sunshine Coast)
2019 – Ipswich 28 Falcons 28 (Sunshine Coast)
2019 – Falcons 62 Ipswich 8 (Ipswich)
2018 – Ipswich 32 Falcons 28 (Ipswich)
2018 – Ipswich 17 Falcons 16 (Sunshine Coast)

JETS V FALCONS ROUND 12

The Jets and Falcons should watch Back to the Future this week because we are going back to Round 12.

The Jets can be Marty McFly and the Falcons Biff Tannen.

The two teams never got to tangle because of COVID shut down and so the Falcons get to travel to Ipswich this week and finish what we nearly started.

The historical landscape between these two clubs haven’t changed in three weeks. The Falcons will be looking to replicate their last trip to Ipswich.

The last time the Falcons came to Ipswich in 2019 it was a massacre with Harry Grant and Nicho Hynes doing all sorts of damage.

The Falcons beat the Jets 62-8. Harry Grant got two tries and a casual 156 metres.

It was the Jets biggest home defeat since Townsville beat Ipswich 58-4 in 1998.

The Jets haven’t had success against the Falcons since 2018 when Ipswich won 32-28 at Ipswich. The Jets have had a draw and two losses from our last three outing against the Sunshine Coast.

The Jets lead the Falcons overall 13 wins to seven with two draws.

At Ipswich it is all the Jets with history on their side- Falcons have only beaten the Jets twice in Ipswich since 2010 in 2017 when the Falcons won 34-4 and in 2019.

The Jets had won nine in a row against the Falcons in Ipswich before that loss in 2017.

The Jets are coming off a narrow loss to the Dolphins 26-22. The Jets had more ball and made more tackle breaks and missed 10 less tackles but couldn’t ice the game.

While the Falcons got beaten by the Tweed Seagulls 40-18 and will be looking to extract revenge and get back on track.

THREE FALCONS TO WATCH

Luke Polselli will be appearing on the Jets radar; the Falcons fullback has scored eight tries in five games this year as well as averaging over 125 metres a game for the Sunshine Coast.

Even in a badly beaten side last week against Wynnum- 103 metres the most for any Falcon and one-line break.

Polselli has the 16th most tackle breaks in the Intrust Super Cup despite only playing six games in 2021 and 45th for line breaks in the whole competition.

The mastero and conductor of this whole Falcons show is Todd Murphy. Murphy will be pulling the strings and kicking for the Falcons and will be a must stop for the Jets this round.

Murphy is the Intrust Super Cup’s second highest point scorer this year with 112.

Murphy will be around the ball and put pressure on the Jets with is short kicking game that will force the Jets into repeated defence efforts.

From there Murphy’s 15 try assists and 11-line break assists will come into play.

Sam Burns has played 10 games this year and now has 317 tackles, against Wynnum when the Seagulls attacked Burns was there topping the tackle count and turning the Seagulls away.

His work in defence places him 16th for most tackles in the Intrust Super Cup. Burns has played a variety of positions for the Falcons and fills in where he can to help the team.

THREE JETS TO WATCH

Ono So’oialo has been sensational for the Jets, the Falcons coaching staff will be tipping the Falcons all week about the ball running skills of Ono.

Ono made 170 metres against the Dolphins and seven tackle breaks. Which sits nicely with his last five games of 220m, 129m, 199m, 175m and 170m. An average of 178.6m.

35 tackle breaks over that time too.

Run Ono run!

Nat Neale, if you asked me who I love more Bec or Nat I would have to consider this for a while. Neale is just sensational to watch- he’s now played 160 games for the Jets and sits comfortably and honourably in the Jets top three with the Danny Coburn and Tyson Lofipo both 200 game players. If it wasn’t for missing 20 games last year Neale would be joining them on 200 games in the middle of next year.

Neale has topped the Jets tackle count or run metres in seven out of nine games every he has played this year.

Townsville – 43 tackles

Hunters – 33 tackles and 176 metres

Tigers – 45 tackles and 139 metres

Capras – 220 metres

Tweed – 35 tackles

Tigers – 34 tackles

Dolphins – 39 tackles

Denzel Burns came in for Rich Pandia who is not easy to replace and did a great job with two-line breaks.

Burns has now played eight games for the Jets and has been great every time he has played. Neale’s try was all because of the work of Burns.

Burns made 162 metres and was great to watch.

MILESTONES

Josh Cleeland- 100 points in 2021 with his three goals against Redcliffe.

Tyson Lofipo plays Intrust Super Cup game 207 and is the 13th most capped player in the Intrust Super Cup going past Tom Butterfield.

Rich Pandia 114 Ipswich Jets games- Equal with Luke Walker 11th most for the Jets.

Rich Pandia – 36 tries – 144 career Jets points-six more points to 150.

Nat Neale 35 tries and 140 points – 10 more points to 150.