Record-breaking Jets can only get better
THE records continue to fall for the Ipswich Jets.
The Jets produced a comfortable victory against Norths Devils in the opening round of the Intrust Super Cup on Saturday.
It was the first time in five years the defending premiers had won a first round clash.
The 38-24 win brought up another milestone for golden boot Carlin Anderson.
Anderson scored a try and kicked five conversions at North Ipswich Reserve to bring his total points tally to 302 from 45 games in the Intrust Super Cup.
After a stellar season with the Jets last year, Anderson was signed by the Brisbane Broncos for the 2016 season.
Returning to the green and white, co-coach Shane Walker said Anderson looked more comfortable with the boot than ever. "Carlin had some really good touches," Walker said.
"He does work really hard on his game and he's worked even harder than he ever has before in the pre-season.
"I hope he continues to get the rewards."
In Intrust Super Cup matches for the Jets, Anderson has scored 32 tries and 87 goals.
Walker was pleased to see the Jets start the season with a win.
"It's unfamiliar territory for us," he said.
"We've had (the Devils) three times in the first round in the last five years and we've been unlucky not to get a win before."
The competition's leading try scorer last year, Marmin Barba, showed he hasn't forgotten the way to the try line. Barba bagged two tries in his first game back for the Jets.
Walker wasn't surprised to see Barba back in the highlights reel.
"Marmin played really well. The two tries he scored could be contenders for try of the year," Walker said.
"He has a habit of scoring those kinds of tries."
After an ideal start to season 2016, Walker said the Jets would only improve.
"It was a good win for everyone to get that under their belts," he said.
"We were doing it pretty easy until the second half. There was about a 10 minute period where they got a couple of tries and it got a bit close.
"By and large we counted for them and every game we will get better."
The Jets host the Townsville Blackhawks in a grand final rematch next weekend at North Ipswich Reserve.
The Blackhawks defeated the Redcliffe Dolphins 18-16 to post their first win of the season.
The round two clash between the Jets and Blackhawks begins at 12.40pm next Sunday.
The match will televised on Channel 9.
State of Play
Qld Cup round 1: Ipswich Jets 38 (Marmin Barba 2, Joshua Seage, Marion Seve 2, Carlin Anderson, Michael Purcell; Carlin Anderson 5 goals) def Norths Devils 24 (Dylan Smith 2, Francis Molo, Paul Ulberg; William Brittain 3 goals, Liam Tyson 1 goal) at North Ipswich Reserve.
- Colts - Norths Devils 32 def Ipswich Jets 30.
- Mal Meninga Cup: Sunshine Coast Falcons 34 def Ipswich Diggers 10.
- Cyril Connell Cup: Ipswich Diggers 26 def Sunshine Coast Falcons 14.