Jets co-coaches Ben and Shane Walker
Jets co-coaches Ben and Shane Walker Rob Williams

Losing jets in for long haul

THE Ipswich Jets have failed for the fourth time from five starts, but co-coach Shane Walker thinks it will strengthen his side in the long run.

"We could be playing worse in six games time and winning games," Walker said after watching his team lose 28-14 to Tweed Heads at the Tweed yesterday.

"I reckon we will look back at the end of the season and be glad we went through this patch because it stands us in good stead."

The Jets have had the misfortune, given they've lost each time, of playing four of the top five teams in the opening five matches.

Ipswich's lone win, against Central Capras last week, proved they can't be doing things too wrong given the Capras responded with a win over the highly rated Northern Pride on Thursday.

"There was a hell of a lot of effort," Walker said of his losing charges.

"It was probably against the run of play sort of stuff again that they scored from. Tweed were solid.

"It's always an arm wrestle. It's not like they were belting us.''

There will not be many changes in personnel or approach ahead of Saturday's return to the North Ipswich Reserve against last placed Burleigh, the only team sitting below the Jets on the Queensland Cup ladder.

One change is likely to come with the return of club captain Keiron Lander, though Sam Martin's form at lock will make it hard.

"Sam Martin had his best game for us," Walker said.

The Jets trailed at half-time for a change, 24-10, but a 7-2 penalty count against them in the second half and 50 percent completion rate ruled out any comeback.

With games to come against Burleigh, Souths Logan and Sunshine Coast in the next three weeks, a string of wins will put the Jets back among the contenders.

They sit second from bottom but are only one win behind the fifth placed Pride.

Walker rated forwards Nat Neale, Kurtis Lingwoodock and Martin, along with winger Ramon Filipine as his team's best.

In the Colts game, Tweed Heads beat Ipswich 42-10.

STATE OF PLAY

Despite their fourth loss from five games, the Ipswich Jets remain in touch with the top five. Five teams ahead of Ipswich are on four points.



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