Clinical Jets halt slide with punishing win

THE Ipswich Jets snapped a three-match losing streak in emphatic fashion yesterday, thumping the Souths Logan Magpies 44-10 in their XXXX Rivalry Round match at the North Ipswich Reserve.


The match was virtually over by half-time, with the Jets piling on five unanswered tries to lead 26-0 at the break.


Fittingly, the Jets turned in arguably their best performance of the season in front of a large group of Old Boys who were at the ground for the Indigenous Appreciation celebrations.


Junior players from Ipswich Diggers and the touring Maitland team also added to the spectacle with half-time battle cries.


But on the field it was the Jets who provided the best entertainment with speedy backs Donald Malone and Javarn White in mesmerising form.


Malone was a constant threat on the left of the field but the home teams opening two tries for the afternoon came on the right.


The first was engineered by a probing dummy half run from hooker Matt Parcell, who caught the Magpies napping before sending Tautalatasi Tasi on his way to the try-line.


The Jets were making all of the early running, and after a mistake from the Magpies, they spread the ball quickly to the right where Brendon Marshall sliced through to score.


The points kept coming when former Rooster and Goodna junior Lama Tasi carried three defenders over the line to score Ipswichs third.


Further first-half tries from White and Rod Griffin had Ipswich in complete control at the break.


Griffin showed the dash of a winger on the stroke of half-time when he swooped on a Dane Phillips grubber kick.


In a stunning transformation, the Magpies were a completely different outfit in the early part of the second half with Sam Gardel and replacement forward Andrew Edwards providing plenty of punch in the middle.


Edwards crossed for a determined solo effort before Dallas Anderson grounded a grubber kick behind the line to close the margin to 16 points.


But that was as close as the visitors would get, despite the best efforts of Travis Waddell, who did his bit to inspire his teammates with a series of a huge tackles.


After repelling the Magpies, the Jets had the final say with tries from Griffin, White and Malone in the final 10 minutes.


Whites try came from a spectacular movement which featured quick hands from Phillips and Nat Neale, who did his Queensland Residents selection prospects no harm with another great display.


However, the most breathtaking piece of play came in the 78th minute when Malone left a host of Souths Logan defenders sprawled across the turf when he danced his way down the touch line.


IPSWICH JETS 44 (Javarn White 2, Rodney Griffin 2, Tautalatasi Tasi, Donald Malone, Brendon Marshall, Lama Tasi tries; Donald Malone 6 goals) def SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 10 (Dallas Anderson, Andrew Edwards tries; Ben Cronin goal) at North Ipswich Reserve.