30 April 2010

Rangers host Irish in Barber Cup as Goodna take on Beenleigh

IPSWICH Rangers are taking nothing for granted when they host  Brisbane Irish at Woodend for the Barber Cup tomorrow.

Ipswich Rangers hope the return from injury of five-eighth
Stewart Banks (kicking ball) will ignite their attack at Woodend tomorrow.

THERE is no predicting what might happen in any given weekend of the Barber Cup at the moment.

Last-minute wins and upsets are the norm so Ipswich Rangers are taking nothing for granted when they host Brisbane Irish at Woodend from 2.40pm tomorrow.

Irish are coming off their first win of the season against Springfield Lakes and Rangers coach Mike McLean is wary of them as the Springfield team beat his mob in round two.

"We played them in a trial and they looked pretty good," McLean said of Irish.

"We look forward to being back at home. That's followed by a bye so we'll be going flat out."

Irish are renowned for their forward-oriented game so Rangers have been working hard to counter that.

With five-eighth Stewart Banks expected back to lead the attack, allowing captain Cade Hill to move from five-eighth back to inside centre, McLean hopes his team can score some tries.

"We need to be just a bit more expansive in the attacking 22 and push for a few more holes," McLean said. "It got a bit same, same last week."

With Banks out injured and long-serving half Dan Trevorrow making his return from injury in Reserves last weekend, it was no surprise Rangers lacked attacking spark.

"Cade had a great game but is more suited to inside centre," McLean said.

"Stuey will hopefully be back this week and provide a bit of continuity.

"Cade gives us great punch and is a sensational defender."

While not entirely convinced by his team's last-minute win over Pine Rivers last week, McLean was pleased with their perseverance to finish over the top of the opposition.

A lot of it has to do with their fitness this season. "We were still firing at the end when they were struggling," McLean said.

In other Barber Cup matches, Goodna host Beenleigh at Evan Marginson Oval tomorrow at 3pm while Springfield travel to undefeated Wynnum.

In the Pegg Cup, Goodna host Redcliffe at 1.30pm and Rangers host Everton Park at 1.20pm.

In the Scotney Cup, Rangers and Springfield have byes. Rangers Colts travel to play Wynnum 2.

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