Wynnum break down Rangers
WYNNUM have gained some pay back for last year's grand final loss to Ipswich Rangers in the Barber Cup.
But for Rangers, the 25-9 defeat at Woodend was kept in perspective by the knowledge they will get much better as they adapt to their new style of running rugby.
"We played well in two, 15 minute patches," Rangers five-eighth Jarred Lacey said.
"There's not too much to worry about. We've changed our whole game plan and Wynnum haven't changed a thing.
"When we put it together we'll have it all over them."
The good patches came at the start of each half.
Ipswich dominated early on and led 3-0 after 10 minutes.
"We started well," Lacey said.
"We were playing well and holding the ball.
"The way we're trying to play we've got to hold onto the ball and build pressure. But they're a good defensive side."
So when Ipswich couldn't transfer possession into points they lost composure, slipping into past habits that Wynnum took advantage of to lead 10-9 at the break.
It was a similar story in the second half, Ipswich's early dominance faltering against Wynnum's determined defence.
The final score was bloated in Wynnum's favour by two late tries.
But that doesn't disguise the fact Rangers were unable to cross the visiting team's try line.
"We put pressure on ourselves by kicking the ball away," Lacey said. "We slipped into old ways, kicking for territory and you can't do that when you're trying to play the running game as well.
"Last year, for an hour and half we could kick the ball away with a really good kick chase. But on Saturday we were slipping back into old ways and not doing it properly."
There is no doubt in Lacey's mind that Rangers are on the right path, despite the difficulty weaning off old, successful ways.
Lacey said the players had all bought fully into coach Rob Sadler's game-plan.
It is just a matter of it becoming second nature.
"He's pretty switched on," Lacey said of Sadler. "He knows the way we need and want to play
"I think the next time we play Wynnum it might be a totally different story.
"All round when we were playing well it was a good team effort.
Meanwhile, Springfield recorded its first win of the season and first under new coach Jeremy Clarke, beating Pine Rivers 29-0.
"We were a whole lot better than last week," Clarke said.
"We had a good core to training and went back to basics and worked out the best style of play to suit us."
It worked, with the forwards sticking to their pod structures, ensuring numbers at the breakdown to retain possession.
"The forwards got out of the way and the backs finished off," Clarke said.
Springfield had five different try scorers and Clarke paid tribute to the back-row of Grant Rettke, John King and Zac Subritzjy for setting the standards.
State of Play
Barber Cup: Wynnum 25 def Rangers 9; Springfield 29 def Pine Rivers 0.
Pegg Cup: Wynnum 18 def Rangers 5.