Tough learning curve for Jets
IPSWICH Jets Colts coach Mark Bishop said his team were “very poor” in their first trial match last Sunday as they went down to the Easts Tigers 54-8 at Langlands Park.
Bishop played a squad of 26, with many of the players given a run so he could see how they fared in match conditions.
Unfortunately, he wasn’t impressed.
“We have a big training squad of 40 and I had not seen many of them play before,” Bishop said.
“I was looking forward to see if they could play, but it seemed obvious a lot of them are not up to that standard.
“I told them they would need to work bloody hard at training or they would get found out.
“And that is what has happened.
“The guys who were taking short cuts at training weren’t up to this standard.”
The majority of the Jets first-choice Colts did not play against Easts, as they were either rested or they played in the Queensland Cup team’s trial match against the Melbourne Storm.
“Elijah Emu and James Tuiluga were both excellent and our wingers worked really hard,” Bishop said.
“The majority of the guys did work hard to be fair.
“I think a lot of them were humbled on Sunday though and it will do them the world of good.”
“There are about 10 boys coming in for this weekend’s trial against Tweed Heads and those are the guys I’m hoping to use first round.”
The Jets Colts’ trial match against Tweed Heads Seagulls is at the North Ipswich Reserve this Saturday at 3.30pm.
The FOGS Cup team plays at 5pm while the Queensland Cup team plays at 6.30pm.