WELCOME RETURN: The Ipswich Jets return home to take on the Mackay Cutters this evening with a top five spot in the Queensland Cup on the line.
WELCOME RETURN: The Ipswich Jets return home to take on the Mackay Cutters this evening with a top five spot in the Queensland Cup on the line. David Nielsen

Jets mission to stop slide

CONSECUTIVE losses away from home have left the Ipswich Jets battered and bruised.

But the return to their home ground at the North Ipswich Reserve to take on Mackay Cutters tonight could be just the tonic to get them back to winning ways.

Mackay sits one point behind the Jets in fourth spot and a third successive loss for Ipswich could see them slide out of the top five.

The Jets are without three of their best in vice captain and halfback Ian Lacey, centre Donald Malone and secondrower Kurtis Lingwoodock.

The trio are carrying minor injuries they could have played through, according to skipper Keiron Lander.

"It's the middle of the season and we don't want to rush them back," he said.

"A win is definitely important but it's not the end all. What is important is we build on last week.

"If we do that and there is plenty of enthusiasm we will."

The Jets welcome back forward Sam Martin after a three game suspension. His presence will ensure a lift in enthusiasm.

"He brings a lot to our team," Lander said.

"He'll be biting at the bit to get out and tackle someone."

Martin and Jets winger Jarrod McInally, both former Ipswich juniors, will celebrate their 50th Queensland Cup appearance for the club.

"To be local boys is important for the club," Lander said.



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