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Jets lack killer punch in BRL loss on bell to Easts

FINE FORM: Peter Whittaker was strong at hooker in the loss to Easts. He will be a key against Redcliffe this weekend.
















PHOTO: DAVID NIELSEN
FINE FORM: Peter Whittaker was strong at hooker in the loss to Easts. He will be a key against Redcliffe this weekend. PHOTO: DAVID NIELSEN David Nielsen

SHORT kick-offs are usually the Ipswich Jets domain.

But on Sunday the Jets' BRL side experienced heartache against Easts when the Tigers "did a Jets on the Jets" so to speak to secure a 28-26 win.

It was 22-all with under four minutes to go when Raymond Baira scored to give the Jets a 26-22 lead.

The conversion was unsuccessful.

"Then they had a short kick-off and got it back with 30 seconds to go, scored a try and then made the kick to win it," Jets coach Mark Bishop said.

"We had that game won three times but let them get back into it.

"We had no ball in the second half and we'd defend three or four sets at a time and they would score off a kick or a missed tackle.

"We should have put them away but we lacked the killer punch. We have really been lacking that killer punch this year."

The Jets gave up a lead against Wynnum the week before and led 20-10 against Easts.

Bishop wants his team to kick on when they get a lead.

The Jets are now in sixth position on the ladder and must keep winning if they are to make the top five and the finals.

Bishop said Peter Whittacker had a strong game at hooker while Rowan Winterfield played 75 minutes up front and never stopped.

"We were good everywhere but just made that mistake at the wrong time," he said.

Thrilling back Baira came on in the last 25 minutes and was a real threat.

"I said to the boys 'just get him early ball and get him one-on-one' and the first time we did he scored," he said.

"He has got some defensive deficiencies which you can always work on but with the ball he is magic."

Baira has also been a star for the Goodna Eagles in the Ipswich A Grade competition with his ball running a feature of his play.

It doesn't get any easier for the Jets on Sunday when they travel to Dolphin Oval to take on competition leaders Redcliffe.

Ladder: Redcliffe 40, Wynnum-Manly 36, Wests Panthers 36, Easts 35, Valleys 34, Ipswich Jets 32, Logan Brothers 27.

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