TOUGH DAY AT THE OFFICE: Coaches Ben and Shane Walker cut a frustrated figure on the touchline during the first half of the Ipswich Jets' 42-20 loss to Burleigh Bears on Saturday.
TOUGH DAY AT THE OFFICE: Coaches Ben and Shane Walker cut a frustrated figure on the touchline during the first half of the Ipswich Jets' 42-20 loss to Burleigh Bears on Saturday. Franca Tigani

'Allow us to play footy' asks Walker

IPSWICH Jets co-coach Ben Walker was surprisingly calm following his side's 42-20 defeat to Burleigh on Saturday.

In fact, Walker was confident the next time the two sides meet, the result will be drastically different.

"Next time we play Burleigh we won't have any fear, because by then I'm hoping the referees have caught onto what 'catching' and 'slow the play-the-ball' means when (Burleigh) are yelling it in their ear,” Walker said after the match.

"It means they're going to get three in the tackle and slow the play-the-ball down to a walk.

"Once the referees realise they aren't allowed to do that, and start blowing penalties for it, we won't have any trouble against them.”

Walked admitted the Jets were "extremely poor” against Burleigh, emphasised by the 30-0 half-time deficit.

But the coach said the Bears' tactics around the ruck made it near impossible for the Jets to play their brand of football.

"I'm not saying anything bad about the referees - we were extremely poor,” Walker said.

"I just know the flow of the game will be different next time, because they will adjudicate the rules with the wrestle a lot better and allow us to play footy.

"(Burleigh) are well aware we can move the ball around, which is why they were worried at 28-0 that we'd score five tries so they took the two points.

"The way they were able to control the ruck didn't allow us to play the way we want. Next time, we won't be concerned.”



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