Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Barba Breaks West's Record; Jets Honour Old Boys in Epic Thriller

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Barba Breaks West's Record; Jets Honour Old Boys in Epic Thriller

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Byline: Tom Bushnell tom.bushnell@qt.com.au

RUGBY LEAGUE: Flying Jet Marmin Barba secured the point scoring record as the tables turned at last and Ipswich came from behind to snatch a 28-26 victory at the death over the Mackay Cutters on Old Boys' night.

The Jets have played without luck in recent memory.

A frustrating nine weeks yielded just two wins, mowed down in the closing stages on several occasions.

On Saturday it was the Jets who rejoiced as the siren sounded.

Barba entered the clash with 592 points in 91 appearances, needing just three to surpass club stalwart Steven West (594) as the Jets' leading all-time scorer.

While a hamstring injury soured his night, forcing him to take an early shower, two successful conversions and a penalty goal had already given the prolific scorer the points he required.

Barba said he was not aware he was so close to besting West's mark because he did not focus on individual accolades but it was a significant achievement in his career nonetheless.

"It definitely means a lot to me," he said.

Ipswich Jets co-coach Shane Walker said his team created ample opportunities to have the game sewn up but continually let the Cutters force their way back in and amass a lead.

He said his players must have looked up at the clock to see they were trailing 26-14 with 15 minutes left and thought they had better get cracking. Get cracking they did.

The Kangaroo catcher Michael Purcell ignited a late comeback before hooker Kierran Moseley broke the game open.

Purcell swooped on a grubber to collect his second try and 65th for Ipswich, taking him past Ricky Bird to third on the club's all-time try scorers list. When Purcell slotted a penalty, with seven minutes to go, he took the Jets within four.

Moments later, agile hooker, Moseley attacked the line and pulled a devastating left-foot step to bust through and plant the Steeden to lock the scores 26-26. …

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