Ipswich Rangers captain Charlie Scott.
Ipswich Rangers captain Charlie Scott. Claudia Baxter

Plenty of pleasing signs as Rangers fine-tune strategy

THE scoreline was one thing, but not what pleased Ipswich captain Charlie Scott most.

It was how his team stuck to its principles in the Ipswich Rangers' 54-12 Barber Cup win over Pine Rivers on Saturday.

That and the performance of forward newcomers Jarred Playford and Zane Puna.

"We started to play a bit of our structures," Scott said.

"We could have blown them apart and doubled the score.

"But we stuck to our processes.

"We scored some late phase tries and some of our new moves were successful.

"There were good signs and some individuals really stood up."

The captain singled out number eight Playford and Scott's second row partner Puna for their contributions.

"Not only did they do a job, they were close to the best on the field," Scott said.

"They've trained hard and probably saw the benefits of that.

"They can't make the commitment to the team all year round but, gee, they're good when they do."

Just as encouraging is the belief Rangers will improve.

They will have to against Redlands at Woodend this weekend.

"There's plenty of things we can keep working on," Scott said.

"That's one of the best things.

"We put 50 points on them but there's still plenty to work on and we know it."

Just what is going on with Pine Rivers Scott is not sure.

"It's a shame to be honest," he said of the 2011 Barber Cup champions.

"You want the competition to be a strong one.

"Their Reserve grade side seemed a lot better than their first grade."

In the Reserves (Pegg Cup) competition, the Boars beat Rangers 31-10.

Equally uncertain is what Rangers can expect from Redlands.

"Everything is coming at us a bit blind this year," Scott said.

"We've seen the strength of some clubs change and Redlands are new.

"It's a bit like a new competition all over again."