Underdogs Rangers adopt fresh approach
FOUR rounds into the season, the Ipswich Rangers received a chance to restock ahead of this weekend's game against Caboolture.
Winless from the first two rounds, Ipswich regrouped over the bye round last week.
Returning to Woodend Park, head coach Tino Anae said the Rangers would have to improve on their performance after going down 52-7 to Wynnum in the second round.
"We played well in the first half but let ourselves down in the second,” Anae admitted.
"Caboolture are the reigning champions and are always a quality side.
"If we want to beat them we'll have to improve on what we did in that first half against Wynnum and play that way for the full 80 minutes.”
Despite their reputation as a powerhouse of the Suburban competition, Caboolture have struggled this season.
Like Ipswich, the Barber Cup premiers are winless from the opening three rounds.
With Pine Rivers, Goodna and Wynnum all undefeated, there won't be any easy rounds for the Rangers.
"It's going to be a really tough competition this year,” Anae said. "We are the underdogs really but it's a challenge we look forward to.
"The focus is on us to improve each week.
"The more we play together and our combinations start clicking the more the players will trust in what we are doing.”
The Rangers will welcome back some key members of their backline for tomorrow's clash.
Despite playing in the round two loss, injured winger Monson Utai is back to full strength after last weekend's bye.
"I think it was a blessing to have the bye when we did,” Anae said. "We've still got a couple to come back yet but we're almost at full complement now.
"We've got two guys returning in the backs which will help us and the Pegg Cup. Monson was a last- minute inclusion against Wynnum and he'll be better for the rest.”
Tomorrow the Rangers host Caboolture at home, while the Goodna Gladiators face a tough test against the competition leaders Pine Rivers at John Oxley Reserve.
Pegg Cup (from 1.40pm) and Barber Cup (from 3pm) tomorrow:
Ipswich Rangers v Caboolture Snakes at Woodend Park.
Goodna Gladiators v Pine Rivers at John Oxley Reserve.