DEFENDING premiers the Bilambil Jets shrugged off a horror injury toll to record an impressive 46-6 win over the Cudgen Hornets at Ned Byrnes Oval on Sunday.
With half a dozen players missing from the side that beat Tugun last week you could be forgiven for expecting the Jets to be below their best this week.
However, the new players slipped in seamlessly and the Jets produced the type of clinical performance that has come to be expected from them.
"There is a lot of pride in the jersey here," Jets coach Jim Lenihan said.
"People want to play first grade for Bilambil and when somebody gets the opportunity they take it with both hands."
"Today was a great example of that … our 19s and reserve grade won as well so it's a testament to the character of the club."
It took Bilambil just 10 minutes to get scoring underway when prop Lain Windley charged over to score near the posts.
Windley and front row partner Royce King had big shoes to fill this week with regular front rowers Wade Hall and Mitch Spackman both missing, but the big men stood up and led the way for the whole contest.
The Jets extended their lead to 16 with tries to Blake Broadwood and Jacob Hind both coming down Bilambil's left hand edge in quick succession.
Cudgen had some luck go their way soon after when winger Scott Nichols scooped on a loose Jets pass to score near the posts.
The Hornets lifted for a period after that and interchange forward Tim Pamatangi was the stand out.
On two occasions he showed plenty of ball playing ability to put his winger away on a long run down the left flank, only to be thwarted by some terrific Jets cover defence.
But in the 35th minute Corey Blair, who was outstanding in his return from Intrust Super Cup duties with the Tweed Heads Seagulls, charged down a Dean Widders kick and scored under the posts to kill off any threat of a Hornets comeback.
The 22-6 halftime lead blew out in a one-sided second half with tries to Tyler Chadburn, Scott Smith and a double to winger Ryan Helton giving the Jets a final winning margin of 40 points.
Hooker Scott Smith was outstanding in his second game for the club and appears to be gelling with his new team mates nicely.
His work around the ruck and his ability to get his forwards over the advantage line were key to the Jets victory.
"He's a very handy player and we were lucky to pick him up," Lenihan said.
"Hopefully he can just keep playing the way he has been playing."
In the only other Bycroft Cup match played this weekend the Tugun Seahawks showed no mercy to the Tweed Coast Raiders in a 94-0 rout at Boyd Street.
The other match scheduled for this weekend between Currumbin and Runaway Bay has been rescheduled due to bad weather.
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