Cool hand Luke back to his best for Jets
LUKE Capewell has returned to the form that resulted in him playing 40 NRL games as he continues to inspire a late Ipswich Jets charge to the Intrust Super Cup finals.
The versatile 28-year-old has his running game in top gear and scored the match winning try against Townsville last week with a slick manoeuvre.
Co-coach Shane Walker said Capewell, who will line up with the Jets side in the home clash with Northern Pride tomorrow, was being utilised in dual roles at hooker and in the halves and was on fire.
"Luke took a little while to get going when he first got here because he had some injuries in the off-season,” Walker said.
"That held back his fitness and therefore weight. But his fitness has gone up and his weight has gone down and generally when that happens your confidence skyrockets.
"The great thing for us is he is running the ball and taking the defensive line on.
"In the last two weeks he has scored really crucial tries and really been a threat to the defensive line.”
The clincher last week against the Blackhawks left Townsville centre Jordan Drew clutching at thin air.
"Luke went across the field dummying and waving the ball around like it was a magic wand,” Walker said.
"He went past their centre Jordan Drew who stood there . . . and I believe it was only Thursday afternoon that they removed him from the field. He was still standing there.”
Walker said the running game, speed and explosiveness of Capewell's game was vital as the Jets attempt to make up the four-point gap between themselves and sixth placed Souths-Logan.