Dolphins throw Jets' semis mission into turmoil

THE Ipswich Jets looked anything but finals material in their 44-6 thumping by Redcliffe yesterday.

Ipswich slipped a spot on the Queensland Cup ladder to fifth but will sneak into the finals if they win their last-round match this weekend against second-from-bottom Burleigh Bears at North Ipswich on Old Boys' day.

It could have been a top-three spot had the Jets beat Redcliffe.

The Dolphins look like they've missed the finals boat, but put 40 points on Tweed Heads last weekend and had the added incentive of farewelling Petero Civoneciva at his home ground yesterday.

It made it hard to believe they will probably miss out on finals footy.

"We started off with a couple of opportunities but couldn't convert them," Jets five-eighth Dane Phillips said.

"We gave away too many penalties. It's different if we'd put 10 or 12 on them early.

"Against a team that can't make finals, they might roll over and you're the one putting on 44 points.

"There's still next week for us so hopefully we can turn things around."

It is hard to see how a team can cop such a mauling two weeks before semis and still be a title threat. But Phillips doesn't believe the result has put a dent in the Jets' confidence.

"Not particularly," he said.

"If we did the little things the way we wanted, it would have gone a long way to us winning the game.

"When it starts clicking, we will put points on any team. I don't think we're too worried about it."

Perhaps more worrying is the state of halfback Ian Lacey's leg.

The Jets would have been rocked by the late withdrawal before the match of Phillips' partner in the halves.

"Lace pulling out didn't help us," Phillips admitted.

"It puts a little bit more pressure on me but that's footy."

Phillips has come back from his own injury, after rupturing a cruciate ligament mid-season.

He is still improving and hopes to prove as much in the coming weeks. It is Phillips' first season at the Jets after he joined the club believing it had a chance of winning the competition.

FINALS LOOM

Redcliffe def Ipswich Jets 44-6. The Jets need to beat Burleigh at home this weekend in their final round match to qualify for the semi-finals.



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