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QCup Rd 12 Ipswich 38 Northern 14

The Ipswich Jets moved into the top five for the first time this season after scoring a comprehensive 38-14 win over the Northern Pride at the North Ipswich Reserve.
QCup Rd 12 Ipswich 38 Northern 14
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The Ipswich Jets moved into the top five for the first time this season after scoring a comprehensive 38-14 win over the Northern Pride at the North Ipswich Reserve.

A heavy track didn't deter the Jets from playing an expansive game, as outside backs Donald Malone and Jarrod McInally again cashed in with two tries each to continue their purple patch of form.

Young back-rower Sam Martin also slid over for a second half double to cap off an eye-catching performance in front of the Channel 9 television cameras.

Ipswich laid the platform for the stirring victory with a strong first half defensive effort. Forwards Keiron Lander, Luke Page and Rowan Winterfield pulled off a number of stinging tackles that set the tone for the afternoon.

Winterfield was particularly impressive against his bigger name rivals.

The Blackbutt product carried the ball strongly through the middle, earning back slaps all round from coaches Ben and Shane Walker when finally given a breather just before half-time.

Despite the ferocious start from the Ipswich pack, the Pride was the first on the scoreboard courtesy of Luke Saunders.

But Ipswich turned it on to race away to a 14-6 half-time lead following tries from Malone, McInally and Javarn White.

The Pride briefly threatened in the second half when Blake Leary slid over the line to narrow Ipswich's lead, but the Jets always seemed to be in control with Ian Lacey and Brendon Lindsay steering the home team around the park nicely.

The visitors played the majority of the match a man down after key forward Scott Bolton left the field with a suspected broken jaw.

It came after experienced centre Rod Jensen was forced from the field with a broken nose following the first tackle of the game.

Ipswich also lost a key man in the second half, with skipper Lander taking an early shower as a precaution after feeling some discomfort with an old injury.

The round 12 match brought up significant milestones for Ipswich players Brendon Marshall and Lorenzo Maafu, who turned out for their 100th and 50th matches respectively.

Young hooker Matt Parcell, the grandson of former Australian forward Gary Parcell, also didn't put a foot wrong in his Intrust Super Cup debut.

IPSWICH JETS 38 (Donald Malone 2, Jarrod McInally 2, Sam Martin 2, Javarn White, Ramon Filipine tries; Brendon Lindsay 3 goals) def NORTHERN PRIDE 14 (Scott Gibson, Blake Leary, Luke Saunders tries; Blake Leary goal) at North Ipswich Reserve.


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