Rangers confident of home win over Irish

HAVING rediscovered the winning habit, Ipswich Rangers can't afford to let it slip this weekend.

The fourth placed Rangers have clawed back to be a point behind third placed Springfield.

They take on Brisbane Irish, who sit just four points behind, at Woodend tomorrow.

The teams have played twice this season for a win each, though it was Irish who won 33-5 last time.

But Rangers inside-centre Jarred Lacey says there can be no comparison with the current Rangers team and the one from that day.

"Then we had six young blokes in our side,'' he said.

"They had a full compliment of players and really stuck it to us."

At full strength and at home, Lacey is confident it will be Rangers that do the sticking this time.

"We've won three in a row now," he said. "We're building some nice momentum."

That momentum will continue this weekend, Lacey is sure, if the Rangers forwards can subdue their opposing eight.

"Their pigs (forwards) are pretty strong," Lacey said of Irish. "But I've no doubt our forwards will be able to dominate them. Then hopefully at the back end of each half our backs can run over the top of them."

Rangers' three-game winning streak has followed the move of Lacey from five-eighth to centre.

"I love it," Lacey said of the change. "It gives me a bit more freedom. I can barge it up or ball-play.''

He is not the only one enjoying the switch.

Vili Kooroi switched from centre to wing to make way for Lacey and has made it his own.

"He says he's got a new lease on life," Lacey said.

"We still use him to crash the ball up, so he's got the best of both worlds."

Springfield face a tough assignment when they travel to second placed Wynnum.

In the Pegg Cup, Rangers host Brisbane Irish at Woodend from 1.30pm, followed by the Barber Cup clash at 3pm.