28 May 2010

Rugby Union: Goodna take on Springfield Lakes in the Barber Cup


IT has the makings of a classic rivalry.

An Ipswich Rangers colts player evades the Wynnum
defence in a recent match. The sixth-placed Rangers
colts play fourth-placed Sunnybank tomorrow.

IT has the makings of a classic rivalry.

Goodna play Springfield Lakes for the first time in the Barber Cup tomorrow at Evan Marginson Oval.

In their first year in the rugby union competition, Springfield Lakes boast a number of former Goodna players, including captain Phil McCormack and coach Heta Pamatatau.

Yet Goodna coach Les Shine is not getting drawn into any rivalry talk.

"It's just another game," Shine said. "It's too early to start forming a rivalry.

"We've got to win every game so it doesn't matter who we play. We can't get sucked into it and distracted by talk of a rivalry."

Both teams are desperate for a win, having lost to lower-placed rivals last weekend.

Goodna could have been top of the table but for a two-point loss to Brisbane Irish, in which Goodna scored three tries to their opponents' one.

"We had it all over them," Shine said.

"It was just our discipline let us down.

"We let them get to us.

"They've got a couple of guys who are very niggly.

"They took some cheap shots and mouthed off and we got sucked in."

Given the short history between Goodna and Springfield Lakes, there is a fair chance of some niggle tomorrow.

Shine just hopes his boys are better prepared to deal with it now. "Hopefully they learnt a lesson," he said.

Springfield Lakes are in fifth place so need a win to remain in top-four contention and Shine expects a fierce challenge.

"We've just got to try and attack them from wherever," Shine said.

"We haven't performed well enough to pinpoint a strength yet.

"They'll have a smart backline with a couple of players from Goodna last year.

"But it is the first time we've played them so we're going in blind really."

In the Pegg Cup, Goodna hosts Pine Rivers.

Meanwhile, Ipswich Rangers head west to play UQ Gatton in both Barber and Pegg Cups, have a bye in the Scotney Cup and their colts play away against Sunnybank.

Barber Cup ladder: Wynnum 23, Goodna 20, Ipswich 16, Pine Rivers 15, Springfield 15, Brisbane Irish 14, UQ Gatton 11, Beenleigh 10.

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