KICKING ACE: Ipswich Rangers fly half Jarrod Lacey is full of confidence after recording a 68-23 win over Beenleigh.
KICKING ACE: Ipswich Rangers fly half Jarrod Lacey is full of confidence after recording a 68-23 win over Beenleigh. Rob Williams

Rangers target is to shoot down Hawks

IPSWICH Rangers flyhalf Jarrod Lacey has put Springfield on notice after his side recorded their biggest win of the Barber Cup season.

After a humbling 95-14 defeat at the hands of Pine Rivers last weekend, Rangers returned to the winner’s circle with a 68-23 win over Beenleigh.

With big games against Wynnum and competition leaders Springfield, Lacey said the win had restored Rangers’ confidence.

“It was a really big turnaround from last week,” Lacey said.

“That loss really put a dint in our confidence so it was good to get out there and score well against Beenleigh.

“It has been tough with injuries and sickness this season but it’s good to show some of our younger blokes what we can do when it clicks.”

Split from their Reserve grade players who faced Brisbane Hustlers in Coorparoo, the top grade Rangers outfit crossed the try-line ten times, with captain Tom Dwyer and right flanker George Samia grabbing a double each.

“It was good to see Tom cross over twice,” Lacey said. “It was mostly down to our forwards getting over the top of theirs.

“They took the punishment and gave some early ball to our outside backs which gave us a bit of space to move.”

Despite kicking nine conversions from 10 attempts, Lacey admitted he only spent 30 minutes practising each week.

“I’ve been doing it for years now so I have the same routine and set up,” he said. “I spent a couple of sessions before the season started to get back in the rythmn but other than that it’s just half an hour on a Thursday night.

“I do really enjoy it, especially when you aren’t scoring tries yourself it’s good to keep the points rolling. I’ve been hitting them alright all year but it was good to get a few on Saturday.”

With cross-town rivals Springfield still undefeated for the season, Lacey said he would love to be the team to defeat the defending premiers.

“We want to build some momentum for next season and finish on a positive note,” he said.

“We’ve got four games left and it would be great to go down to Wynnum and beat them on their Old Boys day, and then do it against Springfield for theirs. I’d love to knock them off their pedestal at the top there.”

State of play

Barber Cup:

Ipswich Rangers 68 (George Samia 2, Thomas Dwyer 2, Joe Misa, Daniel Seitula, Samuel Tierney-Williams, Darece Anae, Shaun Ward, Blake Tessier tries; Jarred Lacey 9 goals) def Beenleigh 23 (Lipa Toeava, James Langdon tries; Angel Morrison 3 goals) at Windaroo Oval, Beenleigh.

Springfield Hawks 43 def Riverside 17 at Bulimba Sports Ground.

Pegg Cup:

Brisbane Hustlers 24 def Ipswich Rangers 0 at CP Bottomley Park, Coorparoo.