GETTING BETTER: Ipswich Rangers fullback Tom Dwyer tries to get outside a Wynnum defender on Saturday.
GETTING BETTER: Ipswich Rangers fullback Tom Dwyer tries to get outside a Wynnum defender on Saturday. Rob Williams

Rangers learning all the time: Coach

IPSWICH Rangers could not get the result they hoped for in front of their former players at the club's Woodend Old Boys day.

Rangers lost to Wynnum 26-23 but coach Rob Sadler was happy with how his team played, confident they are improving and learning.

"They played a lot better than the week before (when they lost to Brisbane Irish)," Sadler said.

"The good thing was they prepared themselves better."

"We played a game of rugby where we could learn something.

"We learnt a lot about areas we have to improve on.

"We are still getting used to the amount of ball movement we're trying to implement.

"But we got a little bit sloppy and our decision-making under pressure needs to get tighter."

And that means choosing the right times to throw the pass and when not to.

"Our defence was pretty good and our structures were pretty good," Sadler said.

"From the week before we talked about personal preparation, which is as important as team preparation.

"The players were much more switched on."

The coach was particularly impressed with Creedy brothers Isaac and Joe, as well as Rangers man-of-the-match Josh Sio and five-eighth Stewart Banks.

Halfback Isaac Creedy showed his talent at one point when he ran the blind side from the back of the scrum, chipped ahead, regathered and fed a support only for the ball to get dropped with a try begging.

"Isaac is starting to get a little bit of fitness and put more into his game," Sadler said. "He had some good moments.

"Josh Sio had another great game and Stewart Banks had a good game at number 10.

"I was happy with his variation.

"He can put some doubt in the opposition's minds."

So can the Wynnum kickers however, who outpointed Ipswich on Saturday.

"Their kicking game is still very good," Sadler said of Wynnum.

"We are getting better at our kicking game.

"We're working on it. We've got a bit more variety and are being a bit more successful.

"We are playing better rugby.

"We are on an upward curve."

The loss saw Rangers slip further behind third-placed Springfield, who picked up a bonus point in their 69-0 win over Pine Rivers.

Springfield are four points ahead of fourth-placed Rangers.

This week, however, Rangers get their chance against hapless Pine Rivers, while Springfield takes on leaders Redlands.



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