FINALS FIGHT: The Ipswich Rangers face a tough test against the Pine Rivers Boars tomorrow.
FINALS FIGHT: The Ipswich Rangers face a tough test against the Pine Rivers Boars tomorrow. Danni Wenck

Rangers defence to face best of Boars

IPSWICH Rangers captain Tom Dwyer has declared this weekend’s clash against Pine Rivers as do-or-die for the club’s finals hopes.

With only six rounds remaining, the Rangers are stuck in ninth position and desperate to make a late-season push.

“Finals might be almost out of reach for us at this stage but it’s important that we finish the year of on a positive note,” Dwyer said.

“There have been plenty of positives from this group we have and we want to finish the year off well and start next year on a good note.”

Pine Rivers might be ranked fifth on the Barber Cup ladder but when the Boars are on song they can be a destructive force to be reckoned with.

Three weeks ago Pine Rivers handed out one of the heaviest defeats in the competition’s history with a mammoth 191-0 demolition of Redcliffe. That huge scoreline has helped the Boars extend their attacking statistics to 522 for the season, almost 350 points more than the Rangers.

Despite Pine Rivers ability to score big, Dwyer was confident the Rangers defence would be up to the task this weekend.

“Obviously they are pretty strong this year,” he said.

“We had a rough time against Caboolture but against Goodna last week we defended really well to keep them to just 10 points.

“We don’t seem to have trouble scoring but we need to make sure we come out ready to play against Pine Rivers.”

Needing a huge push to make the finals in six weeks time, Rangers co-coach Mark Hamling said his side needed to tighten up their opening exchanges.

“We’ve put ourselves on the back foot too often,” he said. “We haven’t been starting well and can find ourselves having to claw our way back into the game.

“It’s the same old thing where we look good in patches but still need to put in a full performance.”

Game day

Barber Cup (tomorrow from 3pm):

Springfield Hawks v Southern Bay at Springfield RFC

Goodna Gladiators v Redcliffe Goodna RFC at Evan Marginson Oval

Ipswich Rangers v Pine Rivers at Woodend Park

Pegg Cup (tomorrow from 1.40pm):

Ipswich Rangers v Pine Rivers at Woodend Park

Springfield and Goodna have the bye.



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