Tasi boost for Jets

HOME DEFEAT: The Ipswich Jets could not hold out the Mackay Cutters at the North Ipswich Reserve on Saturday, losing their Queensland Cup clash 20-18.
HOME DEFEAT: The Ipswich Jets could not hold out the Mackay Cutters at the North Ipswich Reserve on Saturday, losing their Queensland Cup clash 20-18. Rob Williams

A BRIGHT note emerged from the Ipswich Jets disappointing weekend with news that Lama Tasi could join the club this week.

The 24-year-old Goodna product and Samoan international was released by the Sydney Roosters to the Brisbane Broncos at the weekend.

He is expected to be available for the Jets in the immediate future.

"It still hasn't hit me," Tasi said.

"It'll be good to get a run and see the family. Hopefully I get to play with my little brother."

Tautalatasi Tasi has been playing on the wing for the Jets in the Queensland Cup.

There is a chance the two will line up against Souths Logan at the North Ipswich Reserve on Saturday.

Lama Tasi last represented Ipswich at under-18 level, when playing for the Diggers, and has never played with his younger brother before.

"If it happens it will be like a dream come true," he said.

"Who would have thought?"

Lama Tasi revealed it was the lack of opportunities in the Roosters top grade side this year that led him to seek a transfer to the Broncos.

"I'm sad to be leaving Sydney and the good friends I've made," he said.

"The main reason is an opportunity.

"At the end of the day I want to play first grade.

"If that's not going to happen any time soon, you have to do what's best for you."

In his third season with the Roosters, Tasi has found himself on the outer under new coach Trent Robinson and has struggled to crack the NRL squad.

He has played just two games in the NRL this season.

Instead, he has spent most of his time playing for the Roosters' NSW Cup feeder club the Newtown Jets.

"Obviously there's stuff to work on in my game," the former Queensland emerging Maroons squad member said.

"But (Robinson's) come in and gone a different way.

"It's frustrating because it's your job and I love the game."

Tasi hopes to be wearing a Broncos jersey in the near future, but will happily pull on the Ipswich jersey in the meantime.

It was good news in an otherwise disappointing weekend for the Jets, who went down 20-18 to the Mackay Cutters at the North Ipswich Reserve on Saturday night.

It was the Jets' third loss in succession.

Ipswich led 12-8 at half-time and it looked like the 50-game milestone men, Sam Martin and Jarrod McInally might get them home.

McInally scored both the Jets' first-half tries while Martin was the man on the spot several times - making busts when cleaning up loose ball and putting the Jets on the front foot.

In the second half however, Ipswich did almost everything they could to hand the game to the Cutters.

They undoubtedly missed the drive and direction of injured half-back Ian Lacey.

Ipswich spent most of the half in its own territory due to poor ball handling, silly penalties and poor kicking and option-taking.

With four minutes to go the Jets had a penalty from 30m out, in line with the right-hand upright.

Rather than going for the win by kicking to touch and launching an attack, Ipswich sought to draw the game when Donald Malone lined up the penalty shot.

The shot hit the post and bounc

ed back into the field of play. But only Malone and one other Jets player were chasing the kick and the Cutters hung on to win.



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