Rangers chasing Barber Cup redemption
THE Ipswich Rangers must improve the middle half of their game if they are to secure their first win of the season this weekend.
Against cross-town rivals Goodna in the season opener last week, the Rangers lacked the consistency needed to defeat the Gladiators.
Elevated to captain of the Rangers Barber Cup side this season, Kieran Lake said the Ipswich side would be out for revenge when they travel to Wynnum today.
"We started out strong and probably played our best footy in the first 20 and final 20 minutes of the game,” Lake said. "It was the middle 40 which let us down.
"It was a little disappointing not to get the win but we'll be out for redemption this weekend.”
After a stint overseas in Thailand, Lake returned to Ipswich four years ago.
Lining up at left flanker for the Rangers, he was honoured by the leadership role handed down by coach Tino Anae.
"It was a bit of a shock,” he said. "It's definitely some- thing I looked forward to though.
"The boys will tell you that I'm not much of a talker.
"I probably like to lead by example rather than big speeches.”
Despite the first round loss, Lake said Ipswich was still perfecting the style which would carry the team throughout the 2017 season.
"We've changed our structure from previous seasons and we're still trying to get into it at this stage,” he said. "The way we are setting up and mixing it up is working for us and it's a bit more complicated than just running it up.
"We gave it a good nudge last week but we just need to find some more consistency.”
The task won't get any easier against a Wynnum outfit which upset regular heavyweight Caboolture in the first round.
The combination of Dale Walters and Brandon Vitale on the right edge were dead- ly for Wynnum, scoring a try each against the premiers.
"One of the guys used to play for Caboolture and he described Wynnum as big, fast and fit,” Lake said.
"Those are the words you don't want to hear about an opposition.”
Today's games start from 1.40pm with the Pegg Cup clash between Ipswich and Wynnum, followed by the Barber Cup from 3pm.
Pine Rivers take on Caboolture in the other game of the round, with Goodna given the bye.
Ipswich Rangers v Wynnum Bugs at Elenora Park, Wynnum.
Barber Cup from 3pm, today.
Pegg Cup from 1.40pm, today.