THE Sunshine Coast is on guard as one of the Intrust Super Cup's most flamboyant sides comes to town.
The Ipswich Jets, bristling with firepower, is intent on launching raid after raid on the Falcons at Sunshine Coast Stadium tomorrow.
With the likes of Marmin Barba, Chris Walker and possibly Daniel Vidot in their ranks and with attack-minded coaches Ben and Shane Walker at the helm, the Jets have become a feared entity, winning two of their first three games this campaign.
The Falcons, searching for their first win of the Intrust Super Cup season after consecutive losses, are battening down the hatches.
"Ipswich is renowned for their attacking flair," captain Tom Murphy said.
"They've always been able to score some points, so we've identified what we've got to do defensively and we need to stay honest with each other and try and shut them down.
"We can't clock off. The minute you clock off is the minute Ipswich will hurt you."
One way to shut the Jets down is to starve them of possession. But to do that, the Falcons need to dramatically improve their completion rate.
The Falcons have leaked 52 points so far, largely because of errors.
"Our biggest problem is handing the ball over at crucial times and giving teams that field position where they can throw (an attack) at us," Murphy said.
"We've been pretty good defensively off our line, but we've been giving sides too much ball, and you can't keep doing those repeat (defensive) efforts at this level.
"We're putting pressure on ourselves rather than on the other team.
"We need to be relentless. ... You've got to starve them of as much footy as you can and try and get them to do as much work in defence as possible."
Six Melbourne fringe players have been named in the Falcons line-up, but that could become eight if Hymel Hunt and Tom Learoyd-Lahrs drop off the Storm's extended bench for their Monday night clash against the Cowboys.
Should Hunt return to Bokarina, he should reclaim his place in the centres from Callum Klein or Reuben Baillie, who is due to return from injury.
SUNSHINE COAST: J Uluibau, T Robinson, C Klein, R Baillie, S Vunivalu, B Hampton, C McGrady, N Asofa-Solomona, S Griffin, J Vuetibau, K Bromwich, J Samoa, T Murphy (c). Interchange: B Brittain, J Ryan, J Platt, S Sotogi, K Seru.
SUNSHINE COAST v IPSWICH
Tomorrow, Sunshine Coast Stadium, Bokarina, 2pm
Courtesy of Sunshine Coast Daily