OUTPLAYED: Ryley Jacks and the Falcons were thumped by Ipswich at Hervey Bay.
OUTPLAYED: Ryley Jacks and the Falcons were thumped by Ipswich at Hervey Bay. Alistair Brightman

Falcons not up to scratch in state league: coach

THE Falcons are simply not Intrust Super Cup standard.

Woeful handling, poor execution; the Falcons' trip to Hervey Bay was supposed to be a celebration of the club's ties to the Fraser Coast but it turned into a nightmare for Craig Ingebrigtsen.

The frustrated and disappointed coach described it as the worst performance by his troops so far this season, while captain Troy Giess was equally scathing of the side's 20-6 loss to Ipswich Jets.

"We're not playing park footy, we're playing guys who, a lot of them are ready to play NRL," Giess said.

"The way we're playing we're not even up to Queensland Cup standard at the moment and that's the reality of it.

"We're playing well below how we should play.

"It's happening too much as well. Something has to change."

Ipswich controlled the full 80 minutes.

Winger Josh Damen, who played his Intrust Super Cup game for the Jets, cashed in with a double as Ipswich exploited overlaps that appeared far too often.

One of Sunshine Coast's sole highlights came in the 79th minute when Bundaberg-born and Melbourne Storm-contracted prop Felise Kaufusi crashed over.

Apart from that, they were few and far between.

"It's the worst we've been all year," Ingebrigtsen said.

"We're disappointed in our effort. I just don't think we played any good footy at all.

"We probably got ahead of ourselves to be honest. We didn't respect our opposition the way we should've so we got what we deserved."

Ingebrigtsen said Martin Cordwell, in his second game back from an achilles injury, played well off the bench, but that was his only positive.

Giess praised the efforts of four of his teammates, but said the whole squad had to re-evaluate their efforts.

"Ryley (Jacks) tried hard, (Alex) Bishop tries hard every week, Tui's (Erevonu Kamikamica) a worker for a big guy, but it's hard for anyone to do anything when you play like that," Giess said.

"Nafe Seluini, if we give him half a sniff he'll break a lot of sides open and he tried tonight.

"Those four were good, everyone else, we need to have a look at ourselves."

The Falcons have a mountain of work to do before they host Norths Devils at Sunshine Coast Stadium next Sunday.

The season isn't over for the Falcons but Ingebrigtsen said they had to work hard if they are to stop their current slide.

"We're still in a good position because we started so well but I'm just disappointed in some bloke's efforts in the ruck," he said.

IPSWICH JETS 20 (Damen 2, Lofipo, Seage tries; Lipp 2 goals) def SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS 6 (Kaufusi try; Hansen goal)



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