Falcons on high alert as Jets circle for mission
Mar
25
2015

 

 

RUGBY LEAGUE: Returning centre Rueben Baillie says the Falcons will have to be on high alert as they try to shut down Ipswich's unpredictable attack at Sunshine Coast Stadium this weekend.

Baillie expects the Jets to unleash a style of attacking play unseen in the Intrust Super Cup when the two teams meet for their round four encounter on Sunday afternoon.

"They play a completely different style of football to basically any modern rugby league team," he said.

"They are unpredictable and we've got a bit of a strategy on how to defend against them.

"We had a tight game against them last year and we're going to look at that at training and hope to do it on game day."

The Jets will have mobility from fullback to the front row where experienced NRL winger Daniel Vidot has been named to start.

"They'll chance their arm," Baillie said.

"They'll put in little chips. They like to come across field and switch things under the direction of the play and everything so we've just got to stay up defensively and not have anyone come out of the line and we should go well."

If Baillie lines up at left centre, he will likely mark former Queensland State of Origin speedster Chris Walker who has returned to the field for Ipswich at the age of 35.

The young Falcons tyro is up for the challenge after missing the first two games of the season with an ankle injury he carried through pre-season.

Baillie suffered the injury just after Christmas.

BUT he played trials for the Falcons and the Melbourne Storm before the injury was diagnosed as a grade one or two syndesmosis.

He has been named as a starting centre for the Falcons but the make-up of the team will depend on the availability of Melbourne players.

Hymel Hunt, who has played centre for the Coast this season, has been named on an extended Storm bench alongside 2015 Falcons regular Tom Learoyd-Lahrs.

Sunshine Coast Falcons team for round 4 against Ipswich: 1. Joe Uluibau 2. Travis Robinson 3. Callum Klein 4. Rueben Baillie 5. Suli Vunivalu 6. Ben Hampton 7. Cory McGrady 8. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 9. Slade Griffin 10. Johnny Vuetibau 11. Kenny Bromwich 12. Jake Samoa 13. Tom Murphy (c) 14. Billy Brittain 15. Jordan Ryan 16. Jon Platt 17. Sam Sotogi 18. Kem Seru.

 

Original article: www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/falcons-on-high-alert-as-free-wheeling-jets-circle/2585717/

Courtesy of Sunshine Coast Daily

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