Redcliffe Dolphins v Ipswich Jets at Dolphin Oval on Sunday, April 2 - 1.40pm*
1. Benji Marshall 2. Joshua Beehag 3. Thompson Teteh 4. Aaron Whitchurch 5. Jonus Pearson 6. Tyson Gamble 7. Christian Hazard 18. Matthew Lodge 9. Hayden Hansen 16. Myles Taueli 11. Brandon Lee 12. Troy Giess 13. Samuel Anderson (c) 14. Hugh Pratt 15. Tyson Cleal 17. Samson Graham 10. Nicholas Slyney
Coach: Adam Mogg
1. Wes Conlon 2. Michael Purcell 3. Marion Seve 4. Nemani Valekapa 5. Richard Pandia 6. Luke Capewell 7. Dane Phillips (c) 8. Billy McConnachie 9. Mikaere Beattie 10. Nat Neale 11. Sam Martin 22. Tyson Lofipo 13. Ben White 14. Chris Ash 15. Lachlan Roe 16. Huskie Teatau 17. Mitch Carpenter 21. Nathan Gaulton
Coach: Ben Walker and Shane Walker
LAST TIME THEY CLASHED
REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 34 (Charlie Faingaa, Daniel Bridge, Christopher Gesch, Daniel Randall, Tyson Cleal tries; Darren Nicholls 7 goals) def IPSWICH JETS 24 (Ono So’Oialo 2, Michael Purcell, Nemani Valekapa tries; Haydan Lipp 4 goals) at North Ipswich Reserve.
HEAD TO HEAD: Dolphins 27 Jets 15
The Jets v Dolphins hasn’t happened at Dolphin Oval since 2015. Last season the Jets played the Dolphins at the North Ipswich Reserve and South Pine Sports Complex, Albany Creek.
With the Dolphins enjoying two wins.
The Jets had a win in 2015 in round 8 at Dolphin Oval their last trip to the Peninsula.
IPSWICH JETS 42 (Marmin Barba 2, Josh Cleeland 2, Matt Parcell 2, Carlin Anderson, Chris Walker tries; Marmin Barba 5 goals) def REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 28 (Josh Beehag 2, Shane Pumipi, Jon Green, Anthony Cherrington tries; Luke Capewell 4 goals) at Dolphin Oval.
The Jets record at Redcliffe won’t fill the Jets with confidence. For a long time Redcliffe hasn’t been a happy place for the Jets. The Jets have won six of 23 games there. But on the bright side six of the last 10 and the last two out of three have seen the Jets take the two points.
Redcliffe have won six of their last seven games at home so it’s a hard place for most teams to travel.
The Dolphins are coming off a great win over the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks hadn’t lost a game and then ran into a rampaging Dolphins.
The Dolphins have scored 95 points this year and had 52 against them.
Josh Beehag has 32 points this year from two tries and 12 goals. The Dolphins have try scoring strike power. So far this season they’ve scored 17 tries from four games. Jonas Pearson is the Dolphins’ chief try scorer with three.
The Dolphins are at their best when they have strong forward leaders; Sam Anderson is that man for the Dolphins now.
Against the much talked about Blackhawks pack he stood up when he was needed with 33 tackles and 16 runs, He made 167 valuable meters for his side.
He was led by Matt Lodge who is slowly gathering momentum and fitness. In the first four games Lodge gave away four penalties and made six errors.
Against the Blackhawks he didn’t give away a penalty or make an error.
The big talking point is that the Dolphins had NRL premiership and World Cup winner Benji Marshall.
Benji played fullback for the Dolphins and made two errors. Benji touched the ball 51 times.
He settled into his role and ran the ball 10 times and made three tackles. He was the Dolphins dominate kicker; kicking the ball eight times for 244 meters.
The Jets have scored 74 points this year and had 111 scored against them.
Nat Neale was again the Jets’ most dominate forward; topping the tackle count with 37 that making his season tally for 2017 a Jets’ top tackler on 113 equal with Mitchell Carpenter.
The Jets only had 49% of the ball against the Falcons. Which isn’t too bad but with their percentage the Falcons made 351 more metres.
The Falcons were able to gain 103 more meters with their kicking game.
In summary they were constantly able to get in better field position whether that was from kicking or running.
The Jets missed 49 tackles which is a season high number. The Jets are averaging 33 missed tackles a game this year from the first four games.
Michael Purcell and Marion Seve were strong in a beaten side. They both had four tackle breaks.
Seve has been great this season and is leading the Jets:
Most runs 52 and most meters 502m. Seve also has a tremendous post contact meters gain with 179 metres.
On debut Matthew Gibuma scored a try and two tackle breaks from his 10 runs and 100 metres.
Sam Martin was enthusiastic in defence and made a lot of cleaning up chasing tackles with 27 tackles.
This is a great test for the Jets, they’re coming off three losses in a row while the Dolphins are flying or swimming along. The Dolphins at home is hard but the Jets have to find a way this week.