Jets coach sees funny side of 22 point defeat
THE hoodoo continues with the Ipswich Jets falling to their 13th away loss to the Tweed Heads Seagulls yesterday.
The Jets have never beaten the Seagulls on the road and yesterday the home team got up 44-22 at Pigabeen Sports.
It meant consecutive losses for the Jets for only the second time this season and a drop from second to third on the Queensland Cup ladder, behind leaders Northern Pride and Wynnum Manly.
But for Ipswich co-coach Shane Walker, there was less to be concerned about than after the Jets' loss the week before against the Pride.
"It was funny," Walker said.
"It was one of those games.
"We were the better team but to get beaten by that much.
"They scored three intercept tries, one ricochet try from a kick and one off a fumble.
"Last week we just didn't turn up and played very poorly.
"This week we were good.
"You couldn't count on one hand the number of half-breaks we made before the last pass got put down. It was just frustrating because we barely landed a goal."
The Jets scored first but were answered by a "legitimate" Tweed try from a Jets defensive error.
That was followed by a 90m intercept try to the Seagulls, before a last play try from a ricocheted kick gave Tweed a 16-6 half-time lead.
The Jets coaches were not overly concerned at that stage, knowing their team was producing enough to win the game.
"Going into half-time the message was simply to be patient," Walker said.
"A couple of times we had been down their end exerting pressure but we knocked-on, kicked when we shouldn't have or put one down when we'd created an overlap or break."
Once again Walker felt the Jets were hard done by the referee.
"Amazingly we had two tries called back for forward passes," he said.
"Yet two of their first half tries were from forward passes."
The Jets had to also cope with the return of five-eighth Dane Phillips from injury, the loss of regular hooker Matt Parcell (shoulder) and centre Donald Malone (back).
But Walker insisted the new combinations had nothing to do with the Jets' scoreboard struggles.
On the bright side, Walker said forward Rod Griffin continued to improve, while fellow backrower Jacob Ling and winger Tautalatasi Tasi were also good.
On the down side, captain Keiron Lander copped a knock to his neck that resulted in numbness in both arms.
Lander has had his neck operated on previously, adding to the concern.
The Jets turn their attention to a welcome return home on Saturday against Mackay Cutters, who sit one point behind Ipswich in fourth spot.
In the lower grades yesterday, Ipswich lost its FOGS Cup match against Redcliffe 40-12.
In the FOGS Colts competition, Ipswich held on for a 29-28 win over Tweed Heads.