Jets won't make same mistakes twice against Capras
BEN Walker believes today's opponents the Central Queensland Capras are "dangerous” because they have no finals footy to play for.
Jets skipper Nat Neale agrees with his coach.
"It's a pretty big danger game for us,” Neale said.
"We've won two in a row now, and sometimes we can get a bit complacent.
"I think we really need to concentrate when we're in the grind with them, and not go away from what we've been doing that's getting us the win.”
Complacency may have been the Jets' undoing when the two sides last met back in round four.
Coming off a big win over rivals Easts Tigers, the Jets travelled to the Capras' home of Browne Park and found themselves down 10-0 at halftime.
After rallying to lead midway through the second half, the Jets again "let our foot off the throat” and were overrun.
It was a sobering reminder to never underestimate your opposition.
Neale believes that lesson is now well and truly burned into the brains of he and his teammates.
"I think we're a better team than that now, I don't think we'll let that happen again,” he said.
More recent lessons, from close losses on the road to Townsville and Cairns, have also steeled the Jets.
"I think those games we lost, they were right there to be won and we've learned a lot from them,” Neale said.
"It's that 10-minute period where we lose maybe a bit of concentration, and a few errors turns it for the other team.”
Just as the Capras are a potential danger with nothing to play for, Neale suggested the Jets had extra motivation to play well with their finals lives on the line.
"We've been out for two years, and we don't want to make it a third year,” Neale said.
"But it's up to us to get there.”
Intrust Super Cup Round 22: Today (1.10pm) - Ipswich Jets v CQ Capras at North Ipswich Reserve