Rangers tackle leaders
THE Barber Cup pecking order will become clearer after this weekend with the probable semi-finalsts facing off.
Second-placed Ipswich host leaders Wynnum while fourth-placed Goodna hosts third-placed premiers Pine Rivers.
Wynnum have set the standards all season but were beaten by the resurgent Goodna last week and Rangers second rower Dan Egan sees the chance for revenge.
"I just want to get them back for last time we played them," Egan said.
That day Wynnum, whom Egan once played for, got the better of Rangers to the tune of 45-7.
There is also the psychological edge to be gained should the teams meet again in finals.
"You want to prove you can beat teams," Egan said.
Goodna did that last weekend, forcing Egan, Rangers and the rest of the Barber Cup contenders to take notice.
"I hadn't worried about Goodna before," the second-rower said.
"I thought it was a three horse race but they've proved it's a decent four horse race now.
"They probably haven't done us a favour (this weekend) because Wynnum will be dirty they lost and want to make amends."
When Rangers lost to Wynnum, Egan claims they "didn't get out of the car," conceding three tries in the opening 10 minutes.
He is confident they are in better shape this time.
"We're looking pretty good," the Queensland Subdistricts representative said.
"We've got big (second rower) Josh Sio and (fullback) Tommy Dwyer.
"I don't think we've had both on the paddock together all season."
Egan concedes Rangers are still not the complete product, with plenty of room for improvement in the final six rounds.
"Maybe a little bit more direction in the halves and continuity between backs and forwards," he said of where that improvement was required.
"Jared Lacey, our five-eighth, has a really good kicking game, and Tommy does too.
"But we haven't been finding the best field position.
"Our lineout is as good as any in the competition you'll see."
Perhaps not surprisingly, considering Egan is one of his team's chief lineout winners, the 30-year-old thinks Rangers should utilise their strength by kicking for touch more.
"We just need Lace to steer the ship a little bit more," he said. "But if we keep doing what we've been doing, win, lose or draw, we're building towards finals."
Wynnum are a team that has no issues with its direction, thanks in large part to their powerful front row and dominant halfback Matt Myers.
However, they pose threats all over the field, which Rangers will have to be on their game to counter, according to Egan.
Barber Cup Round 13 tomorrow: Ipswich v Wynnum, 3pm at Woodend Park (Pegg Cup from 1.30pm); Goodna v Pine Rivers, 3pm at Evan Marginson Oval.