EXPLAINED: The ultimatum facing Jets in BRL
THE EQUATION is simple.
The Ipswich Jets must win both their remaining matches in the BRL competition and East Tigers must lose both of their games for the Mark Bishop-coached side to reach the finals.
The Jets are three points outside the top five with a poor for and against differential.
After losing 38-22 to Wests last week the Jets are hanging on to their finals' dream by the skin of their teeth.
The Jets travel to Logan on Saturday afternoon before hosting Wynnum in the final round.
Easts are away to Valleys and Logan, and must lose both if the Jets are to get through. Bishop said his side had chances to win against Wests but fell short in the big moments.
"The effort was there but when we needed to make a tackle or needed someone to get in a hole it just wasn't happening," he said.
"We were down on experience, but we had enough there. There were a couple of guys down on personal effort."
The Jets bombed tries in the first half on the way to leading 18-12 at the break.
"We potentially could have been 26-12 ahead, but that has been the story of our season for the last five or six weeks," Bishop said.
Fullback Ono So'Oialo scored a nice try after a magic play from halfback Isi Hafoka, who was the Jets best.
"Isi kept them guessing and each time he got the ball in his hand he tried to do something," Bishop said.
"When they had it, he was really solid in defence. He set up Ono's try with a chip and chase. He regathered, kicked it again and Ono got the bounce to score."
Points: Redcliffe 49 (+298), West Brisbane Panthers 45 (+59), Valleys Diehards 41 (+54), Wynnum Manly 41 (+32), Easts 40 (+23), Ipswich Jets 37 (-172), Logan Brothers 32 (-294).