Jets make it four in a row v Capras
The Jets travelled to Rockhampton with two key performers back in their side – Jesse Roberts who hadn’t played since Round 2 and noted try-scorer Nemani Valekapa – who helped his side record a 30-6 win.
Valekapa only took 13 minutes to score two tries and put his own attacking stamp on his side’s performance.
The Jets started the game with plenty of enterprise and their first try came after some off-loading and promotion of the ball.
Dane Phillips earned the Jets a repeat set and then it was over to Luke Capewell and Nemani to finish the job when Capewell spotted an overlap and went the blind side to put Nemani in for his 42nd try for the Jets.
The Capras hit back soon after when they decided to throw a few off-loads into the mix as well, taking advantage of two penalties before Ken Tofilau had the Capras’ first try and his eighth for the year.
The Jets used a short kick off to start the play again and the Capras obliged with a mistake; and Valekapa was sent on his way to score his second try.
Ipswich five-eighth Chris Ash was the next to score and found his way over the line after the Jets put the ball through the hands, finding runners until it landed in the hands of Phillips, who spotted the fullback out of position at marker and rolled it through for Ash to score.
The Jets had to settle into defensive mode for a while after a sustained effort by the Capras, but they came away without any damage done to the scoreline and went into the break leading 18-4.
Coaches Ben and Shane Walker however, wanted to see more off-loading and attack and they got what they wanted pretty soon after giving the message.
Lachlan Roe made a run which ended in Ash diving over in the corner for his second.
The Capras though still had points in them and their second try came after William Cullen was able to capitalise on his side building pressure on the Jets with repeated sets.
However, the visitors soon countered with another try when Ben White threw his own style of off-load – a pass between his legs – for Richard Pandia, who went over for the four-pointed.
White wasn’t finished yet and his next key pass found the Jets’ other leading try scorer in Michael Purcell, who came up with his ninth try of the 2017 season.
At 30-10 the Jets had the game wrapped up, but a late try from the Capras skipper Gavin Hiscox saw the scores finish up at 30-16.
Aside from the football played on the field, this week the Capras donned purple socks to show their support in the fight against domestic violence. Read a report the Rockhampton Morning Bulletin did with forward Phill Nati HERE.
Next weekend, the Jets will take on the Hunters at home while the Capras will face off against the Blackhawks.
IPSWICH JETS 30 (Nemani Valekapa 2, Chris Ash 2, Richard Pandia, Michael Purcell tries; Wes Conlon 3 goals) def CQ CAPRAS 16 (Ken Tofilau, William Cullen, Gavin Hiscox tries; Tony Tumusa 2 goals) at Browne Park.