Hawks draw on home advantage to halt Rangers' dominance

WHILE Ipswich Rangers can expect a rugby win over Pine Rivers tomorrow, Springfield faces a much tougher task.

The Hawks take on second-placed Redlands at Springfield Lakes, needing a win to remain ahead of Rangers in third spot.

Perhaps more importantly it is their best chance to get a win over the one team they have not beaten this season.

"Hopefully our defence turns up this week and we'll be fine," Hawks coach Jeremy Clark said.

His team's defence wasn't required much last week as they beat Pine Rivers 65-0.

The week before, however, Springfield lost 43-5 against leaders Wynnum.

That was away from home and the Hawks are a different prospect at Springfield Lakes.

With a near full-strength squad to choose from this week Clark thinks his team is in with a big chance.

"We're not a bad side at home," Clark said.

"The away thing is killing us.

"We've just got to play well at home this week.

"If we defend like we did against Ipswich - in the second half they couldn't put a try on us despite numerous opportunities - we'll do well. That's an attitude thing."

Against Redlands Clark is confident the attitude will be right tomorrow.

He even thinks his team can spring a surprise on the visitors.

"Redlands won't know what to expect," Clark said.

"We've played them twice, both times at their ground, and weren't at full strength.

"In both games we were still in it with 10 or 15 minutes to go before they ran away with it."

Clark believes the first 10 minutes will be crucial if Springfield is to cause an upset.

"That's the biggest part of the game," he said.

"We've got to come out all guns blazing. We need to keep them up tight in the middle of the filed.

"They'll be trying to go wide all the time and run our big boys around.

"We can't get sucked into playing at their speed."

Rangers, meanwhile, will be hoping for a bonus point win against Pine Rivers at Woodend to put some space between themselves and fifth-placed Brisbane Irish, who take on leaders Wynnum.

The Rangers also hope to put on a show for the next generation as they host the Junior Rangers Community Day.

Face-painting, jumping castles, food and drink will be available from 1pm, with the main game at 3pm.

"That follows the Pegg Cup clash between Rangers and Pine Rivers at 1.30pm.



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