Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Jets Win Dour Arm Wrestle; Scoreless Second Half in Favour of the Home Side

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Jets Win Dour Arm Wrestle; Scoreless Second Half in Favour of the Home Side

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Byline: Callum Dick Callum.Dick@qt.com.au

State of Play

Intrust Super Cup Rd 15: Ipswich Jets 8 (Seb Pandia try; Marmin Barba 2 goals) def PNG Hunters 6 (Junior Rau try; Watson Boas goal) at North Ipswich Reserve.

TWO sides known for their pretty football and point-scoring potency played a very non-typical game at North Ipswich Reserve on Friday night.

The Ipswich Jets leapfrogged reigning premiers PNG Hunters on the Intrust Super Cup ladder, following a dour 8-6 win.

"It was a very tough game. Probably one we were always in control of, but nevertheless it quite obviously went down to the wire," co-coach Shane Walker said.

With both sides desperate for a win to stay in touch with the top sides, Walker said the pressure of what was at stake may have contributed to the close contest.

"It was just two teams going toe-to-toe," he said.

"There was plenty of entertaining footy, but it was just desperation. Both of us, due to our positions on the ladder were desperate to stay in the mix with the finals."

Fittingly, it was former Hunter Sebastian Pandia who crossed for the Jets' only try of the match.

"Not only did he score, but he was players' player on the day," co-coach Shane Walker said.

"He's in outstanding form, Sebastian. It's a real shock for him to not be in the Kumuls side. It's unbelievable."

The Walker brothers threw the magnets around a little against the Hunters.

With inspirational skipper Nat Neale unavailable, and Julian Christian rested to recover from a lingering back complaint, the Jets fielded a new-look side to recent weeks.

Chris Ash returned for his first game of the season, taking over the vacant five-eighth role in Christian's absence.

"Ashy came in and did a wonderful job, he brought plenty of enthusiasm in defence," Walker said.

"He got together with Dane and guided the boys around the park really well."

Michael Purcell returned from a broken arm to take up his usual place at fullback.

His usual speed off the mark, coupled with his marshalling of the defence was a welcome inclusion for Walker.

"The thing with Purcy that goes unnoticed is what he does for us in defence," Walker said. …

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