Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

CHAMPAGNE JETS ALIVE FOR FINALS; Lofipo and Neale Dominate as Ipswich Down Magpies

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

CHAMPAGNE JETS ALIVE FOR FINALS; Lofipo and Neale Dominate as Ipswich Down Magpies

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State of Play

Ipswich Jets 30 (Michael Purcell 2, Tyson Lofipo, Chris Ash, Sam Martin tries; Wes Conlon 5 goals) def Souths Logan 22 (Herman Ese'ese, Travis Waddell, George Fai, Sam Scarlett tries; Jamayne Isaako 3 goals) at Davies Park.

Ladder: PNG 30, Sunshine Coast 27, Redcliffe 26, Easts 25, Townsville 24, Souths- Logan 22, Ipswich 20, Mackay 17, Wynnum-Manly 16, Norths 14, Burleigh 12, CQ 11, Northern Pride 10, Tweed Heads 10.

JOEL

GOULD

joel.gould@qt.com.au

THE great Arthur Beetson would have been proud of the plays prop Tyson Lofipo put on for the Jets opening two tries in their superb 30-22 win over Souths-Logan.

The win kept their finals hopes alive after a victory founded on the champagne rugby league that inspired Ipswich to the 2015 premiership.

Lofipo, who last year returned to action after a knee reconstruction, was inspirational up front alongside Channel Nine's man of the match Nat Neale.

After the Magpies opened the scoring, Lofipo did it all himself to give the Jets the lead when he displayed dazzling late footwork at the line and then wrestled over with sheer determination to score in the 13th minute.

Six minutes later, the play seemed to have broken down when Lofipo, from a standing start, stormed into the line, put on a sidestep and unfurled a delightful one-handed Beetson-style pass to Michael Purcell. The "kangaroo catcher'' put the foot on the gas and sprinted away to make it 12-4.

The determined straight running of five-eighth Chris Ash next came to the fore when he barged over before the Jets scored one of the tries of the year.

Ash saw a chance down the right side and found Jesse Roberts in support who offloaded to a flying Marion Seve. Seve then sent Purcell over with a brilliant pressure pass and the Jets led 24-4.

Souths-Logan scored either side of the break and there were some nervous moments when the scoreline got back to 24-16. …

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