Jets beat Newcastle in Intrust Super Cup vs NSW cup game
UNCONVENTIONAL coaching brothers Ben and Shane Walker gained some personal revenge and satisfaction as Ipswich completed a State Championship double for Queensland with a tenacious 26-12 win over Newcastle on a hot and steamy Sunday afternoon at ANZ Stadium.
The Jets duplicated the performance by the Northern Pride who defeated Penrith 32-28 in last years battle between the winners of the Intrust Super Queensland Cup and the NSW Cup.
The Walker brothers, who have an unorthodox style, were on the short-list to take over the coaching reins of the Newcastle Knight before the club's board opted to go with former St George player and coach Nathan Brown.
Jets prop Rod Griffin, one of several contenders for man of the match along with hooker Matter Parcell and captain Keiron Landers, scored the game breaking second half try as a reward for his tireless effort.
Landers then made a wonderful tackle to force a repeat set late in the game when the Jets were almost out on their feet.
The Jet's arrived in Sydney accompanied by an attacking reputation for having flair and doing the unconventional and unexpected. with their short kick off and drop outs and cross-field running that flies in the face of conventional styles.
Rugged forward Billy McConnachie who was man of the match in the Jets Queensland Cup win last weekend, scored a bulldozing first half try and came up a couple of metres short of 200 for the match, another inspirational performance from the Ipswich City Council concreter.
This time though it was the Jet's steely defence in the middle and their desperate scrambling near their try line, not their blistering attack, that won the game.
The effort by Manly-bound Parcell's to hold Newcastle hooker up over the try line when the Jets were clinging to a 20-12 lead was one of the biggest plays of the game and typified the Jets' refusal to let Newcastle back in the match.
His first try of the clash and some inspiring attack and defence earned him the man-of-the-match medal.
Newcastle came out in the second half and played more direct with their big forwards smashing their way up the middle.
When Knight's forward Jaelen Feeney charged onto the ball for a try close to the post early in the second half it signalled a possible comeback but it never arrived.
Flying winger Marmin Barba provided the highlight of the game sprinting 80 metres for a try that allowed the Jets to go into the break leading 20-12.