LOCAL DERBY: The Goodna Gladiators will take on the Ipswich Rangers in the first round of the QSRU competition on Saturday at Woodend Park.
LOCAL DERBY: The Goodna Gladiators will take on the Ipswich Rangers in the first round of the QSRU competition on Saturday at Woodend Park. David Nielsen

OPINION: Bragging rights up for grabs in rugby union derby

RUGBY union returns to Ipswich this weekend with the start of the Queensland Suburban Rugby Union competition.

After hosting the inaugural Rugby Tens Tournament earlier this month, the Ipswich Rangers will host the Goodna Gladiators in a local derby to kick-start the season.

With only five teams taking part in this years Barber and Pegg Cup competitions, the fight for a finals berth will be a fierce one.

The Gladiators have already claimed their first scalp, defeating Caboolture to claim the short-format trophy at Woodend Park.

With Springfield electing not to field a senior team this season, Ipswich and Goodna will take on teams from Wynnum, Caboolture and Pine Rivers.

Ipswich three-peat

THE Ipswich Jets have found their winning form.

Wins against the Northern Pride and Souths Logan have breathed life back into the Jets season after a slow start to the year.

The return of Rory Humphreys coincided with Ipswich's return to winners circle, with Josh Seage and Jesse Roberts eager to make their own returns over the coming weeks.

Wes Conlon was clinical in a Man of the Match performance for the Jets.

The one 'defender' who managed to stop the Ipswich winger was the goal post which brought an abrupt end to a valiant attempt to get back in the field of play after smothering a Souths Logan kick into the Jets in-goal area.

Ipswich continue to utilise untraditional tactics.

Souths clearly didn't know what to expect from a second-rower taking a drop-out, with Sam Martin's rocketing kick rebounding off a defender and gifting Ipswich possession.

Kumul hopefuls

BROTHERS Richard and Sebastian Pandia will have to wait until Sunday to find out if they have earned a representative call-up for PNG.

The team to take on the Cook Islands is expected to feature the likes of David Mead, Nene McDonald adn former Jet Rod Griffin.



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