Jets run out of fuel again
FOR the third straight week, the Ipswich Jets looked a million dollars in the early stages of their Queensland Cup match yesterday.
But for the third straight week, they were run down, this time by a rampant Redcliffe at Redcliffe, losing 30-10.
The Jets scored in just the second minute of the match through Ramon Filipine from a set backline play.
Just five minutes later it was 10-0 when Lorenzo Maafu grounded a grubber kick into the Dolphins' in-goal.
But from there things went downhill.
Redcliffe showed what they could do when they got the ball and the Jets gave it back to them too often.
The Dolphins led 14-10 at halftime and, with the wind behind them in the second-half, ensured the Jets remain winless.
"It wasn't what we were after," Jets hooker Michael Fisher said.
"We had a game plan, we just didn't stick to it in the second half."
That plan revolved around getting out of dummy half quickly through the likes of Fisher and Jets captain Ian Lacey.
When they did, the Jets got on a roll and gained easy metres.
But when they got within reach of the Dolphins' try line, Ipswich was let down by poor attacking options or dropped ball.
Twice Redcliffe scored 95m runaway tries following errors when Ipswich was hard on the attack, with former Jet Luke Capewell making the most of his opportunities at halfback.
"The ball didn't really bounce our way," Fisher said.
"They scored a couple of tries when we had them pinned down.
"Just passes not finding their mark cost us. They're always a tough side at Redcliffe but we know we've got what it takes to beat them if we just stick to our game plan. That was just to go through the middle because we knew they wouldn't stay with us."
The concern is it has been the same sort of errors that have cost the Jets in all three matches.
"We've just got to work on it at training," Fisher said. "It is only a couple of errors letting us down."
Fisher is able to take confidence knowing the Jets have mixed it with three of the top four teams in the competition in Redcliffe, Easts and Northern Pride.
The only game any of them has lost was the Pride's 30-22 loss to Easts on Saturday.
"In every game we've had them," Fisher said.
"It's just finishing them off, we just sort of switch off a bit."
Fisher rated left winger Jarrod McInally and second rower Nat Neale as his team's best.
It was a similar story for the Jets FOGS Cup and Colts teams, both losing having led early on.
STATE OF PLAY
The Ipswich Jets remain on the hunt for their first Queensland Cup win of the season following three straight losses - 30-10 to Redcliffe, 15-14 to Easts and 22-14 to the Northern Pride.
The Jets head to Rockhampton to face the Central Capras on Sunday.