Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Astute Sideline View of Jets; Neale Shares Why Ipswich Win Streak Becomes Five

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Astute Sideline View of Jets; Neale Shares Why Ipswich Win Streak Becomes Five

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BEN

WILMOTT

ben.wilmott@qt.com.au

State of play

Intrust Super Cup: Ipswich Jets 38 (Michael Purcell 4, Jesse Roberts, Wes Conlon, Tyson Lofipo tries; Wes Conlon 5 goals) def Mackay Cutters 6 (Andrew Davey try; Liam Taylor goal) at North Ipswich Reserve.

BRL: West Brisbane Panthers 24 (Kennedy Pettyborne 2, Kyran Tanuvasa, James Sharkie tries; Liam Tyson 4 goals) def Ipswich Jets 18 (Peter Whittaker, Nathan Gaulton, Hugh Sedger tries; Ono So'Oialo 3 goals) at Kev McKell Oval, Arana Hills.

Colts: Sunshine Coast Falcons 42 (Beau Fermor, Baidon Cooper, Brody Riseborough, Jarrod Crook, Ishaq Lesa 2, Dakota Tolhurst tries; Dev Long 5, Baidon Cooper, Jarred Dash goals) def Ipswich Jets 18 (Tristan Davis 2, Carter Auld tries; Adrian Elder 3 goals) at North Ipswich Reserve.

FELLED by an unfortunate run-in with a sprinkler at training, Ipswich Jets enforcer Nate Neale was forced to watch his team record their fifth straight win.

With a four-try haul to winger Michael Purcell, the defending premiers gave their finals hopes a big boost with an impressive 38-6 win over the Mackay Cutters.

The Jets climbed to sixth spot, preparing to tackle competition leaders Burleigh at Charleville on Saturday.

Despite the Cutters boasting a monster forward pack and plenty of NRL experience, the Jets kept their opponents scoreless for 70 minutes of the game before second rower Andrew Davey finally cracked the home side's defence.

Neale has played a huge part of the Jets defence this season, currently leading the team's tackle count with 507 from 16 games.

While the Jets attack clicked, Neale was particularly impressed with his teammates' willingness to defend their own try line.

"We've been working on that a lot at training," Neale said. "There has been a big emphasis on the boys putting bodies in front and getting shots on off the line. That's how we've been able to get a few wins together."

With fellow forwards Tyson Lofipo and Jesse Roberts scoring a try apiece and "kangaroo-catcher'' Michael Purcell adding to his impressive attacking statistics, Neale enjoyed the opportunity to see what it was like to be a Jets fan in the stands. …

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