Rangers deflate Gladiators' return
IPSWICH Rangers welcomed Goodna back into the Barber Cup at Woodend on Saturday but that's where the goodwill ended.
Niceties were forgotten once play began and the home team proved much too strong, winning 26-5.
"We had to work for it," Rangers centre Cade Hill said.
"It was 11-0 at half-time but I wouldn't say it was a comfortable win."
That was in part because Rangers struggled to turn dominance into points.
"For most of the first half we were on their line but we failed to capitalise," Hill said.
"We had a lot of dropped ball, created minimal phases."
The half-time break did the trick, however, with a more focused Rangers cashing in during the second half.
"We were much better," Hill said.
"We gathered our composure and slowed things down.
"There was a lot less dropped ball."
Goodna couldn't repeat their heroics of round one, when they beat Springfield, and offered little in the way of an attacking threat.
"I've got a sneaky suspicion they were not at full strength," Hill said.
"They were very limited in the backs.
"It was the Goodna of old.
"They were very predictable.
"I don't think the ball got past their 12 (inside centre)."
Rangers suffered a blow with the loss of captain and number eight Charlie Scott, who dislocated his shoulder.
"Hopefully not," Hill said when asked if the injury would cost Scott his season.
"It would be a big loss because he's a very good player.
"He's added a lot of mongrel to our forward pack, which I think we didn't have last year."
While's Scott's condition is a concern, Hill was delighted to see his team dominate, even without key players like five-eighth Stewart Banks and fullback Tom Dwyer.
"They all went well," Hill said of their replacements.
"That's the great thing about the club. If our regular first graders are missing for a week or two, we can always rely on our reserve graders."
In the Wyatt Cup on Friday night, Ipswich lost 24-0 to Easts Longhorns.
STATE OF PLAY
Saturday's result at Woodend lifts Ipswich Rangers to the top of the Barber Cup ladder with two wins from two starts.
Goodna's Gladiators sit mid-table with one win and one loss ahead of their trip to Wynnum this weekend.