Capras surrender early lead
THE rugby league gods have delivered the Ipswich Jets a dose of fate with a last-gasp 28-26 win over the Rockhampton Leagues Club Central Queensland Capras on Saturday night.
The Intrust Super Cup heavyweights grabbed the two points from a seesawing contest at Browne Park, running in an equal five tries in front of a boisterous Capras crowd.
The home side dominated the opening exchanges and raced into a 20-6 lead after 20 minutes, with efforts from Garrett Field, Russell Webber, Jonas Pearson, Fabian Soutar and Matt Minto.
But the game was turned on its head for the first time in the 34th minute when ham-fisted second-row Field dropped the ball, 10m out from the Ipswich line.
The Jets took every opportunity in their attacking six, sending hooker Matt Parcell over with five minutes remaining in the first half.
Marmin Barba produced a superb finish with a sprint down the sideline and offload to Carlin Anderson to bring the score 20-18 at the break.
Capras held their lead with a series of strong defensive sets, but reduced their deficit when a penalty against them gave the Jets good field position and Nemani Valekapa powered over in the 60th.
Ipswich utility Dane Phillips looked to seal the Jets' second success of the season to bring the score 28-20 with four minutes remaining on the clock.
But a determined Capras outfit struck back in the 78th minute, sending former Yeppoon Seagull Pearson in for his second try of the night.
However, the late consolation try and conversion from Ian Webster wasn't enough to secure the win.
"It's heartbreaking to have that lead; I thought we had a good first half apart from the last five minutes when they ran two tries in," Capras coach Jason Hetherington said.
"The second half, it was just those fundamental errors. They didn't beat us I don't think; we beat ourselves.
"We were in the position to win that game, but unfortunately we didn't."
Hetherington said the change in attitude from his side was the reason behind their first-half success.
"We played some wonderful footy without coming away with the two points," he said.
"It was a huge turnaround from last week."