There were some jitters but a last-gasp moment of bold play saw Wynnum Manly Redland City inflict Ipswich Jets’ first loss of the season at Kitchener Park on Saturday evening.

The Seagulls held the lead for the majority of the match but with 15 minutes on the clock, Ipswich five-eighth Haydan Lipp took on the line to even the score at 26-all.

It looked as the Jets were finishing with a wet sail.

But after holding strong on their own line, the Seagulls marched downfield and spread the ball.

Second rower Brad Mana was the unlikely hero in the 78th minute, crossing out wide to secure a memorable 30-26 victory.

The Jets remain at the top of the table but Wynnum Manly are now equal with 12 competition points.

The inclusion of Intrust Super Cup stalwart John Te Reo boosted the Seagulls’ pack and they started on the front foot, opening a 16-4 lead after 25 minutes.

However, the Jets hits back twice before halftime via winger Ben White and a sneaky effort from hooker Peter Whittaker to reduce the margin to 16-14.

They went tit-for-tat in the second half until Lipp seemingly turned the match in Jets’ favour.

But Mana proved the man for the moment in the final minutes.  

In other fixtures, Carina’s good form continued, holding Easts to a 20-all draw, while Valleys got the better of traditional rivals West Brisbane 36-32.

Logan Brothers and Gaters both registered convincing victories against Normanby and Redcliffe respectfully.

The BRL will take a break this weekend with the A Grade representative carnival to be held at Southport from June 6-7.  

RESULTS

LOGAN BROTHERS 32 (Joey Richards 2, Ono So’Oialo, Ihaka Watene, Graham Levu, Tony Chong tries; Ono So’Oialo 4 goals) def NORMANBY HOUNDS 18 (Anthony Seeto, Doug Asiata, Kemueli Seru tries; Oliver Olds 3 goals) at Civic Park, Logan Central.

WYNNUM MANLY REDLAND CITY SEAGULLS 30 (Chris Green 2, Hayden Crowley, Zach Koitka, Brad Mana, Semisi Ahoafi tries; Chris Green 3 goals) def IPSWICH JETS 26 (Pat McCallum 2, Ben White, Haydon Lipp, Peter Whittaker tries; Haydon Lipp 3 goals) at Kitchener Park, Wynnum.

CARINA 20 (Brett Ferguson 2, Benn Malley, Steve Tyrrell tries; Scott Greenhill 2 goals) drew with EASTS TIGERS 20 (Brandon Downey 2, Joshua Everett, Kurt Hatfield tries; Brandon Downey 2 goals) at Leo Williams Oval, Carina.

VALLEYS DIEHARDS 36 (Jordan Ive 2, Aiona Nona 2, Shane Picker, Tyrone Clarke tries; Zachary Lister 6 goals) def WEST BRISBANE PANTHERS 32 (Nathan Lowrie 2, Ricky Tagaloa, Kyran Tanuvasa, Robbie Lane, James Leavai tries; Robbie Lane 3, Andrew Gormley goals) at Bishop Park.

GATERS 36 (Marlon Doak 2, Matthew Lennon 2, Aaron Corbyn, Shaun Rees, Derek Wolfenden tries; Kieran Turner 4 goals) def REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 16 (Evander Cummins 3 tries; Alex Bishop 2 goals) at Dolphin Oval.

LADDER

 

Played

Won

Draw

Lost

Bye

For

Agnst

Pts

Ipswich Jets

7

6

0

1

0

245

132

12

WM Redland City

7

6

0

1

0

229

174

12

Easts Tigers

7

5

1

1

0

197

130

11

Logan Brothers

7

5

0

2

0

220

163

10

Gaters

7

4

0

3

0

148

182

8

Redcliffe Dolphins

7

3

0

4

0

204

180

6

Valleys Diehards

7

2

0

5

0

212

246

4

Carina

7

1

1

5

0

164

216

3

West Bris. Panthers

7

1

0

6

0

180

199

2

Normanby Hounds

7

1

0

6

0

93

270

2

JUNE 6-7 - NO FIXTURES DUE TO A-GRADE REPRESENTATIVE CARNIVAL