Capras can't catch the high-flying Jets
THE Ipswich Jets winning streak progresses.
With three straight wins heading into last weekend's bye, the Jets wasted no time starting where they left off against the CQ Capras.
A two-try effort by centre Nemani Valekapa and five- eighth Chris Ash helped Ipswich to a 30-16 victory, their fourth win in a row.
Try-scoring duo Richard Pandia and Michael Purcell each crossed for a try, with Wes Conlon adding the conversions.
Ben White was the only member of the Jets' backline who didn't finish with points next to his name.
The lack of reward is starting to rub off on the hard-working winger.
"Ben's starting to get a bit dirty he isn't scoring himself,” Chris Ash laughed.
"Richie was massive again and it was Ben who put him over the line for his try.
"For my second, Ben thinks I ran in front of him and snaked the pass to score when he should have. He could be right.
"I think the last time I scored two tries was when I was back in Under 8s.”
Despite the interruption to the Jets' winning streak, Ash said last weekend's bye was timely following a bruising encounter with the reigning premiers Burleigh.
"The weekend off came at a good time,” Ash said. "We got together for a BBQ during the week off and came back pretty keen for this weekend.
"We know playing the Capras at home is totally different to playing them at home because the crowd really gets behind them.
"It's funny though even when we are playing away we get people come into the dressing room and tell us they enjoyed watching us play. Even if they go for the other team.”
Preparing to host the second-placed PNG Hunters this weekend, Ipswich must now turn around a terrible home record in order to secure a fifth win.
So far this season Ipswich have only won one game at their home ground.
Richard Pandia joined 12 players from the Hunters squad when he was called in to make his debut for the PNG Kumuls international side last weekend.
Now set to take on his former teammates, Pandia will have to put club over country as PNG players return from their bye against Ipswich on Saturday.
"We know they are always going to run hard and tackle hard,” Ash said.
"You've just got to be tough enough to run harder and tackle harder than they do.
"Whatever happens there's going to be some sore bodies after the game this weekend.”
The win over the Capras lifts Ipswich to eighth spot on the Intrust Super Cup ladder. The Jets play their next two games at home.
After the PNG Hunters game on Saturday, the Jets will welcome Wynnum Manly to North Ipswich Reserve.
Intrust Super Cup round 10:
Ipswich Jets 30 (Nemani Valekapa 2, Chris Ash 2, Richard Pandia, Michael Purcell tries; Wes Conlon 3 goals) def CQ Capras 16 (Ken Tofilau, William Cullen, Gavin Hiscox tries; Tony Tumusa 2 goals) at Browne Park.