It was the same venue, same scenario but a different result for the Norths Devils as they surged past Ipswich Jets 31-14 in today’s Intrust Super Cup clash at North Ipswich Reserve.
Almost one year ago, the Devils built a 12-point lead but were run down by a Jets team that kicked five penalty goals.
Today, the Devils’ defence held firm as they piled on five tries to strengthen their hold on a top eight position with a 4-2 win-loss record.
Prop Jamayne Taunoa-Brown scored in the 10th and 70th minutes while winger Herbie Farnworth’s 77th minute try sealed a comprehensive Devils’ win.
It was the first time Norths had defeated the Jets under coach Rohan Smith, who rebuilt the Devils for the 2018 season.
This Devils team better handled the Jets’ trademark style and backed themselves in the 35th and 38th minutes when receiving penalties within goalkicking range.
From the tap, centre Gehamat Shibasaki scored on the right side three minutes before hooker Calum Gahan, starting for the first time this season, dived over from dummy half for a 18-8 halftime lead.
The Devils dominated the start of the second half but did not increase their lead, instead the Jets drew within four points with a 60th minute try.
But that was the last of the home team’s points as captain Jack Ahearn found Taunoa-Brown charging for an important try that pushed the score to 24-14.
Ahearn’s field goal three minutes later was followed by a try to Farnworth, who finished with 14 points.
The Devils were too strong in the Hastings Deering Colts clash but their Mal Meninga Cup season ended with a loss to the Jets. The Devils’ Under 18 team finished in eighth place with two wins, two draws and two losses from the qualifying matches.
The Devils have an Easter Saturday night home clash with the Townsville Blackhawks next weekend.