The Ipswich Jets were looking to come out of the bye weekend and double their points following their Round 9 win against the Capras with another victory at Davies Park against the Magpies in Round 10.
To boost their cause, the Jets welcomed back forward leader Ben Shea from finger injury and Jayden Connors from suspension.
The Magpies too had plenty to play for and were working to overturn a horror last start loss to the Falcons at home.
It was the visitors however who took the lead first with in the 14th minute, Billy McConnachie scored a very Billy McConnachie-like try for the Jets when he was turned under from Julian Christian and ran straight and hard.
The Magpies were left sprawled on the ground wondering what just happened as he touched the ball down.
Fresh from skippering the XXXX Queensland Residents side to victory, Josh Cleeland added two points with a successful conversion and the Jets led 6-0
If McConnachie’s modus operandi is to run hard and fast; then Mitchell Frei’s is hole running and he has been doing it for more than 100 Intrust Super Cup games.
The Magpies were awarded a penalty under the posts and then attacked to their left; five-eighth Guy Hamilton found Frei and he was over out wide for try number five in 2019 and the score was 6-4 to the Jets after 20 minutes.
Souths received a penalty five minutes before halftime and took the two points to level the scores; but they were a man down soon after with the goal-kicker Hamilton sent to the sin bin.
The Jets used their advantage, attacked the Magpies’ blind side, and came up with a reward when Connors went the short side and Cleeland showed his footwork to get the Jets the try as the half time hooter sounded.
After a strong half, the Jets led 12-6 at the break.
At the start of the second half, Souths came out firing and that man Frei again showed his value when he scored try number two.
The Jets had a slender two-point lead three minutes in to the second half, but found some breathing space when back Marmin Barba scored try number 73 for the club after his team-mates combined to score a great team try.
Julian Christian chip-kicked over the top and got to the ball first, but the bounce was back over his head, leaving it to Connors to grab the ball off his foot where he then offloaded to Barba.
The Magpies Broncos’ connection returned serve – Jaydn Su’A went to the Ipswich’s short side and flicked it on to Fanitesi Niu to score second try in the Intrust Super Cup.
With 16 minutes gone in the second half, the score was now Jets by four.
The Jets worked over the Magpies, turning Shea under and then while the Magpies were thinking about the big forward, sneaky hooker Kierran Moseley went low to score his fourth try this year.
Cleeland converted and the Jets were up 24-14 with 14 minutes to go.
Souths winger Matthew Soper-Lawler responded for the Magpies to add to his tally of 35 competition tries when the Magpies took advantage of a penalty and spread the ball to the right wing to score.
At 24-20, the Magpies hadn’t given up hope of a late win, but Christian had other ideas when he combined with Barba to give the Jets the space they needed.
Then, when you thought the game was over, Jets forward Josh Seage brought out the chip and chase from his own side of half way, making the bust and kicking for himself to regather and scored next to the posts to end the game.
Match: Jets v Falcons
Round 11 -
Venue: North Ipswich Reserve, Brisbane
The Jets had run away 36-20 winners and will take on the undefeated Falcons next weekend.
The Magpies will re-group and will travel to play the Hunters with both sides desperate to post a win.
Match: Hunters v Magpies
Round 11 -
Venue: Oil Search National Football Stadium, Port Moresby