Barba, Purcell milestones as Jets trump Falcons

Sudden death football came a month early at the North Ipswich Reserve when the Ipswich Jets and Sunshine Coast Falcons clashed.

The Jets and Falcons were drinking on credit at the last chance saloon, with both teams hoping to jump into the top six.

The first half was far from conservative football with both teams taking their turn scoring.

It only took seven minutes for the Falcons' big left side centre Justin Olam to score his 11th try this season, powering his way over after successfully crumbing for a Ryley Jacks kick.

Five minutes later and the Jets answered the Olam try with Michael Purcell scoring his 50th try for the club.

On the end of a Dane Phillips grubber, Purcell was the only player to react and grabbed the bouncing ball.

The Falcons continued to attack the Jets' middle third with flat balls to rampaging forwards and hooker Harry Grant took the chance to sneak his way over while the Jets were waiting to see what he would do.

It was 12-4 to the Falcons.

Two minutes later, Jets' hooker Jayden Connors found rampaging forward Billy McConnachie running straight and hard and he smashed the ball down to score his first try in 2018.

The Falcons lead had been reduced to two points with Marmin Barba's conversion.

Ryley Jacks was next on the try scorer list when he surprised everyone and ran it on the fifth and scored under the posts, capitalising on a great offload from Thomas Eisenhuth flicked out the back.

After a repeat set, Eisenhuth wasn't happy to simply set tries up; he posted the next try for the Falcons just before halftime to give the Falcons a massive lift and a 22-10 lead.

The second half started with Jets' Huskie Teutau running a straight line and throwing his strong body into the line. The Falcons were unable to handle the big forward and he scored to close the Jets' gap on the Falcons to four points.

The Jets then had a dominant 15 minutes, scoring three tries and going from four points behind to 10 points in front.

It started with Marmin Barba's record setting 68th try for the Jets in the left hand corner after a repeat set the Jets went left and Marmin did the rest.

Next it was Connors who scored his fifth try of the year, after a great pass from  Phillips to Chris Ash and Wes Conlon running off short lines to set up Connors with a great link of passing.

Ben White finished the Jets' scoring after repeated sets proved too much for the Falcons and the Jets led 32-22 with 13 minutes remaining.

Young Thunderbolt from the Storm Mal Meninga team Iliesa Ratuva scored his third try on the left-hand side in just his fourth Intrust Super Cup game.

The Jets will live to fight another week, with the Capras making the trip to Ipswich next week, while the Falcons will take on the Tigers in Round 22.

Final team lists and full scoring details available from QRL Live.

IPSWICH JETS 32 (Michael Purcell, Billy McConnachie, Huskie Teutau, Marmin Barba, Jayden Connors, Ben White tries; Marmin Barba 4 goals) def SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS 28 (Justin Olam, Harry Grant, Ryley Jacks, Thomas Eisenhuth, Iliesa Ratuva tries; Matt Soper-Lawler 4 goals) at North Ipswich Reserve.

*Michael Nunn is a QRL Correspondent covering the Ipswich Jets