'Grand final-like defeat' driving Jets to go better
BEN Shea has called on the Ipswich Jets to make North Ipswich Reserve "a fortress”, starting with a win over Norths Devils today.
Shea said last weekend's defeat away to Tweed Heads "felt like a grand final loss”, such was the feeling in the sheds after the Seagulls scored two tries in the final five minutes to snatch a win from the jaws of defeat.
"It's the most disappointed I've been after a game that I can remember,” he said.
"It comes back to how well we know the team can go and were going. The boys are really keen to bounce back, it's been a good week at training but we need to show that (against Norths today).”
The Devils sit a game clear in fourth position, but have dropped their past two matches against Mackay and Easts.
Ipswich are seventh, albeit equal on points with Redcliffe in fifth.
A win today would keep the Jets in touch with the top four, with tough outings against Souths Logan and Burleigh to follow.
"(The Devils) are going well this season. I haven't watched a lot of them, but we know they'll be tough,” Shea said.
Shea said it was important to keep winning at North Ipswich Reserve.
"We know the quality of the team we've got, and we're probably losing games we shouldn't be at this stage,” he said.
"To be that premiership force, you want to be consistent and not dropping your guard.
"Especially playing at home, you want to make that a fortress. Take that opportunity when you've got a team travelling to play you.
"If we can rectify those things and get more consistency, we'll be very hard to beat.”
ISC Round 11: Today (1.30pm) - Ipswich Jets v Norths Devils at North Ipswich Reserve.