Jets power to Round 1 win v Tweed
Ipswich did not let their past history at Tweed Heads get them down as they defied a poor record (where they had only been victorious twice at the home ground of the Seagulls in 16 attempts) to post a strong win.
The 34-6 result at the Piggabeen Sports Complex yesterday was also only their second first opening round clash win since 2010.
After some stout defending, the game came to life in the 20th minute when the Jets went from defending their own line to attacking.
A Gulls error saw the Jets attacking the short side, with an interchange of passing finding Richard Pandia, who was brought down just short of the line.
With the Seagulls now busted open; the Jets went as far to the other side as they could go, courtesy of a long Dane Phillips pass to Nemani Valekapa, who went over for try number one in 2017 and try number 40 for the Jets in the Intrust Super Cup.
Just before halftime, the Jets appeared to be going nowhere deep in their own 20m.
Marion Seve seized the opportunity to pick up a loose ball and ran 70m before passing to an unmarked Pandia inside to score the Jets’ second try.
It was closing in on halftime when Tweed chipped over the top and the Jets fumbled the ball allowing Tweed’s Morgan Boyle to score in the corner, to bring the scores to 12-6 at the break.
However, any positives the Seagulls extracted from the Boyle try just before halftime disappeared from the kick off to the second half.