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Cutters prove too strong for Jets

A host of Mackay Cutters and two North Queensland Cowboys visited Ipswich today and took the two points for the first time since 2018.

The Cutters scored nine tries in an ambush that John Wayne would be proud of.

Scott Drinkwater hasn’t played against the Ipswich Jets since the 2018 finals when he scored in a 50-20 win for the Tigers and it didn’t take long for the Cowboys fullback to reacquaint himself with the Jets.

Drinkwater went the short side and put in a kick that rebounded and was grabbed by Blake Paskins to score and converted by Brandon Finnegan to give Mackay the dream lead 6-0 after six minutes.

Ten minutes later, it was that man Drinkwater again who tested the Jets on the left-hand edge. When he was stopped short, the Cutters came back to the right with a bomb that was grabbed by Ewan Coutts to score his first try in game number two in the Hostplus Cup.

The Cutters were playing the perfect game at 12-0, but they weren’t satisfied yet.

Drinkwater started scoring them instead of dishing them out and on the back of a spilt bomb by the Jets, Drinkwater dived over after an offload by Coutts.

Another bomb challenge gave the Cutters a 24-0 lead when Coutts scored his second try out wide on the right-hand side.

The Jets challenged the Cutters with two late first half tries that brought them back into the contest and cast a more positive light on the first half.

The Jets had their first try when Dominc Macumboy ran away to score in the left-hand corner in his second game for the Jets and the Jets followed it up with a smart kick from half Lachlan Cooper four minutes later that was dived on in the same corner by Macumboy to give the Jets half-time hope at 24-8.

The Cutters took all of that positivity from the last 10 minutes of the first half and destroyed it in the first three minutes after the break when Sean Mullany came off the bench and charged at the Jets on the back of a penalty and scored under the posts.

It was that other Cowboy Daejarn Asi who scored next for the Cutters, stepping his way through the Jets defence for his third try in 13 Hostplus Cup games for Blackhawks and Cutters; Asi loves the North Ipswich Reserve... it was Round 1 last season that he kicked seven goals.

The Cutters were lining up to score and Finnegan had his second try to extend the lead to 42-8. The Cutters forwards led a forward barrage that bent the Jets defence and from there Finnegan sliced straight through.

The Cutters had three tries in the first 12 minutes of the second half and the Jets couldn’t stop the onslaught.

The Jets were able to stop the bleeding and get four points back when Denzel Burns scored after a typical run from Jets captain Nat Neale. Neale offloaded to Burns who scored far out in the corner.

The Cutters edged towards 50 and their eighth try when Drinkwater spiralled a pass to winger Laitia Moceidreke to cut back in and score.

Cutters captain Ross Bella took it on himself to bring up the 50 for the Cutters when he got over the line under the posts.

The Cutters had the win 52-12 and inflicted the first 50 on the Jets since 2019.

The Cutters will face Northern Pride in Round 3.

The Jets will take on the Central Queensland Capras.

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