CONCERN: Marmin Barba is taken from the North Ipswich Reserve by ambulance.
CONCERN: Marmin Barba is taken from the North Ipswich Reserve by ambulance. Inga Williams

Barba okay after collapsing on field

THE scoreline suggests Saturday's win by the Ipswich Jets over Central Queensland was a bit of a party.

But the party was put on hold early in the second half when Jets winger Marmin Barba collapsed on-field.

He was taken to hospital by ambulance and was later given the all clear.

However he remained in hospital yesterday to undergo tests to try and reveal what caused the collapse.

Needless to say it distracted Jets coaches Ben and Shane Walker from much of the second half of their team's 52-6 win.

"I was happy with the first half," Shane Walker said.

"We even squandered a few opportunities and let three tires slide. Our decision making when it came to the last pass wasn't great.

"But sometimes that happens."

Barba's collapse aside, Walker was pleased with his team's all-round effort and is confident they are as prepared as they can be to break a seven year victory drought when they travel to Cairns to play Northern Pride on Saturday.

"Our use of the ball and our defence," Walker said of what pleased him most in the win.

"In some patches they had some quality spells with the ball.

"Scott Minto played NRL last year and is one of the more crafty ball players in the competition.

"Their only try came from a kick in behind, so it was a very pleasing defensive effort."

Walker expects a much tougher opposition next week than the last-placed Capras.



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