Jets travel at right altitude
THE Ipswich Jets head to Redcliffe for round three of the Queensland Cup tomorrow looking for their first rugby league win of the season.
But don't try talking about the prospect or the consequences of the Jets going zero and three to start the season.
It won't matter one jot.
The proof of how the Jets are travelling, in co-coach Shane Walker's eyes, can be gauged from the sight that greeted him at Jets training on Thursday evening.
Half the squad, about 20 players, were out on the field in the rain, nearly half-an-hour before scheduled training time.
Most of the rest of them were working out in the gym.
"I wouldn't care if we were none and three," Walker said.
"Two and one is the same to us as two and nine. They've done a hell of a lot of good.
"It's been more than getting beaten. We've beaten ourselves."
It is no cause for concern according to the coach.
"It's just execution," he said.
"We turned over too much ball in the second half (against Easts).
"It's worse when you have critical break downs in defence or attack and you can't see what is causing it.
"These have been one-off individual lapses."
Lapses Walker expects to give way to a more polished performance soon.
Redcliffe will prove a difficult place to win, even if the lapses are eradicated.
The Dolphins have won their opening two games comfortably over Burleigh and Mackay.
But the Jets go there with confidence high their duck is about to be broken.
"They're confident," Walker said.
"All the boys get enough feedback from us and the video and they understand what it is.
"They haven't lost any confidence."
Walker's faith has been confirmed by the observations of sports scientist, who has previously worked with the Brisbane Broncos and monitored the Jets in their 15-14 loss to Easts last weekend
"He was amazed at the fitness levels of our boys," Walker said.
"He said we were higher than the NRL for our work rates and efforts, so we're not at all concerned.
"We know there are absolutely no short-cuts in our squad."
Walker admits not being as pleased with his club's FOGS Cup side, hammered 52-16 by Easts last week and changes have been made to the line-up for tomorrow's game.
"The changes weren't really forced by way of form," Walker said.
"We've got a large squad and we've made a commitment to the guys who have done the hard work to give them some game time."
US imports Michael Garvey, Joshua Rice and Jason Rego will make their Jets debuts tomorrow.
Jets squad for tomorrow's 2.10pm match against Redcliffe (telecast live on Channel 9): 1 Javarn White, 2 Ramon Filipine, 3 Donald Malone, 4 Brendon Marshall, 5 Jarrod McInally, 6 Brendon Lindsay, 7 Todd Riggs, 8 Tyson Lofipo, 9 Michael Fisher, 10 Rowan Winterfield, 11 Nat Neale, 12 Lorenzo Maafu, 13 Sam Martin, 14 Ian Lacey, 15 Mark Appleton, 16 Smith Samau, 17 Kurtis Lingwoodock.