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Ipswich in draw number three

THE Ipswich Jets have been forced to settle for their third draw in the opening six weeks of the Intrust Super Cup season after conceding a late try to the never-say-die Northern Pride.
Ipswich in draw number three
by NRL

THE Ipswich Jets have been forced to settle for their third draw in the opening six weeks of the Intrust Super Cup season after conceding a late try to the never-say-die Northern Pride.

With less than two minutes remaining and his team trailing by a converted try, experienced Pride back-rower Mark Cantoni combined brilliantly with crafty hooker Jason Roos to barge over and close the gap to two points.

Chey Bird slotted the conversion to ensure a 12-12 draw, a result that again left the Jets camp ruing a spate of late errors.

The Jets invited the Pride back into the game in the final seven minutes after making three turnovers following Marshall Chalk's game-breaking try.

The most crucial error came from hooker Ian Lacey, who knocked on from dummy half deep inside Jets territory.

The Pride made Ipswich pay through man-of-the-moment Cantoni, who was mobbed by his jubilant teammates after planting the ball down.

However, the Jets can take heart from a gritty display that ended the Pride's record-breaking 17 match winning streak.

While the winning spree is over for now, the Pride still remains arguably the benchmark of the competition after stretching its unbeaten run to 18 games.

Saturday's match at the North Ipswich Reserve was played in hot conditions and both sides seemed to be content to slow proceedings down as much as possible.

The first-half was a scrappy contest with regular turnovers frustrating the rival coaches.

In the 30th minute, referee Justin Davis was finally able to point to the spot after Joel Riethmuller chased through a James Segeyaro kick to score under the posts.

The Jets hit back through giant centre Joseph Tomane a few minutes later to ensure a 6-6 half-time scoreline.

After two close calls on the Pride line, the willing Jets broke the deadlock in the 72nd minute when Chalk weaved through after receiving an inside ball from Brendon Lindsay.

Lindsay's conversion gave the home team a handy six point buffer but it wasn't enough as the Pride had the final say.

IPSWICH JETS 12 (Marshall Chalk, Joseph Tomane tries; Brendon Lindsay 2 goals) drew NORTHERN PRIDE 12 (Joel Riethmuller, Mark Cantoni tries; Chey Bird 2 goals) at North Ipswich Reserve.




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