Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Jets Need to Be Sharp to Blunt Slick Cutters; Ipswich Coach Warns of Major Threat from Mackay

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Jets Need to Be Sharp to Blunt Slick Cutters; Ipswich Coach Warns of Major Threat from Mackay

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Byline: CHRIS GARRY

IPSWICH Jets coach Ben Walker said his team would face its toughest test of the season tomorrow and must improve on their C[pounds sterling]adequateC[yen] performance against the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles if they hope to win.

Walker was not particularly impressed with the Jets' 44-6 win over the Sea Eagles last weekend.

C[pounds sterling]We were adequate against the Sea Eagles,C[yen] Walker said.

C[pounds sterling]We did enough to win. Our defence was good. We got the two points and we moved on.C[yen]

Walker said an NRL-stacked Mackay Cutters team would require the Jets to be at their best tomorrow at North Ipswich Reserve.

C[pounds sterling]They will be the hardest team we have faced so far, no doubt,C[yen] Walker said.

C[pounds sterling]We have seen all their games and have done a fair bit of homework on them.

C[pounds sterling]They have a fair bit of experience in their team. Grant Rovelli must have played 100-plus games in the NRL.C[yen]

The Cutters made the Queensland Cup finals last year, only to be clinically exposed by the Norths Devils. But in round one of the 2011 season, they turned the tables on the Devils and notched an upset 16-6 win.

C[pounds sterling]They Cutters are a good side and will probably play a far different style than they have been these first few weeks because it will be the first dry track they've been on,C[yen] Walker said.

C[pounds sterling]If we play as well as I know we can, then we will get the win.C[yen]

Ian Lacey showed glimpses of his former self against the Sea Eagles but Walker said the club's ex-star playmaker had a long way to go to recapture his 2008-09 form.

C[pounds sterling]He's going okay but he missed most of last year and didn't do much in the pre-season so he just needs more time. He's underdone,C[yen] Walker said. …

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