Ipswich Jets BRL coach Mark Bishop.
Ipswich Jets BRL coach Mark Bishop. Rob Williams

Crunch time for Jets but fate in own hands

WITH this season's fate in their own hands, the Ipswich Jets BRL side must win every game to make the finals.

The Jets, after their 30-16 loss to the Redcliffe Dolphins, are four points out of the top five with Valleys and Wynnum-Manly in equal fourth on 37 points.

With three points for a win, Jets coach Mark Bishop was under no allusions about the ultimatum facing his side.

"Wynnum and Valleys are one win and a bit ahead of us," Bishop said.

"We play both of them and they play each other, so we are a chance.

"But we've got to win all of the four games we have left. Mathematically we are still in it so our fate is in our own hands."

The Jets host Valleys this weekend and this is their big chance to get within striking distance of their goal.

Bishop said the side could take a lead from hooker Peter Whittaker and captain Tu'u Maori, a rugged back-rower.

"Tu'u has led the boys really well all year and has a good head on his shoulders," Bishop said.

"The boys will follow him because he works hard. Peter is only young but he leads by actions and never gives up on any chase or any support play, and that is what the boys have got to take from him."

Fullback Jayden Connors will take try scoring form into the clash with Valleys after crossing twice against Redcliffe.

 

Points: Redcliffe Dolphins 43, West Brisbane Panthers 39, Easts Tigers 38, Valleys Diehards 37, Wynnum Manly Seagulls 37, Ipswich Jets 33, Logan Brothers 28.



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