Ipswich Jets captain Keiron Lander in action against the Wynnum-Manly Seagulls.
Ipswich Jets captain Keiron Lander in action against the Wynnum-Manly Seagulls. Claudia Baxter

Confidence carried on

THE Ipswich Jets brief winning run has come to a halt but they will take the field this afternoon as though it hadn't.

The Jets meet Norths Devils in the Queensland Cup at the North Ipswich Reserve.

A loss could see the Jets slip six points out of the top five.

"It's definitely not back to the drawing board," captain Keiron Lander said.

"We're building on what we did last week and going from there."

What they did last weekend was show they could have beaten the leading team in the competition, Wynnum-Manly. They just missed.

Norths are aiming for a three -match winning streak of their own and currently sit one spot and one point above the Jets in seventh spot.

It means a win is vital for both teams' semi-finals prospects.

"They've got a young side with a couple of blokes who have been there for a few years," Lander said of the Devils.

Not that the Jets have been focussing on their opponents in the lead-up.

"Most weeks if we get our own backyard right we're in with a good shot," Lander said.

It is a fine philosophy but it only takes a few simple errors for the plan to go pear-shaped, as was proven last weekend when the Jets' run of three straight wins ended with a 32-28 loss to Wynnum-Manly.

It was a game the Jets feel they should have won, after almost getting home despite trailing 24-6 at the break.

"We pride ourselves on competing for the ball," Lander said. "On six occasions last week when the ball went to ground Wynnum got it.

"That's something that can be easily rectified."

Lander doesn't think the loss has affected the Jets' confidence.

"We scored the same amount of tries as Wynnum," Lander said.

"But they're first and we're eighth so there's no need to lack confidence. It was just that 17 minutes before half-time (when Wynnum-Manly scored three tries) when we were a bit asleep that hurt us.

"But we went back to training and have been training well.

"We've got a good bunch of blokes here, which makes it easier turning up each week."

Lander is four matches into his comeback from a serious back injury. He is still not at the level he wants to reach.

"I just have to keep building on my match time," he said.

"When I can get through 70 or 80 minutes confidently and am doing it for two or three weeks I'll be where I want to be.

"I'll try and improve on the little things from there."

The only change for the Jets this week is the return of Brendon Marshall at centre for Jermaine Alberts, following Marshall's recovery from a hamstring strain.

Ipswich Jets: 1. Javarn White, 2. Ramon Filipine 3. Donald Malone 4. Brendon Marshall 5. Jarrod McInally 6. Brendan Lindsay 7. Ian Lacey 8. Tyson Lofipo 9. Michael Fisher 10. Rowan Winterfield 11. Sam Martin 12. Lorenzo Maafu 13. Keiron Lander 14. Smith Samau 15. Luke Page 16. Luke Walker 17. Kurtis Lingwoodock.

GAME DAY

Ipswich Jets v Norths Devils at North Ipswich Reserve today.

Queensland Cup kicks off at 3pm, Fogs Cup at 1pm and Colts at 11.15am.



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