Rangers' triumph over Hawks demonstrates lesson well learnt
IPSWICH Rangers have restored the balance to where they would prefer it after Friday's derby win over Springfield.
Rangers beat the Hawks 25-19 at Woodend, reclaiming some pride after getting a trouncing last time they went to Springfield.
The win was set up by a clinical first-half effort which gave the home team a 19-7 lead, including two tries in quick succession to deflate the Hawks.
Rangers back rower Andrew Wookey's try was followed by a fluid movement from the kick-off that ended in a try to centre Chris Jones.
"I didn't have a hand in that one," Rangers fullback Tom Dwyer said.
"Our first half was really good.
"It's the kind of rugby we want to be playing this year.
"We're a totally different side (from the one that lost to Springfield last month).
"We've worked out the way we want to play."
Rangers have settled into their new patterns of play, which were implemented after Springfield showed them up last time the teams met.
Then Springfield forced regular turnovers from the Rangers backs who were getting isolated.
This time the Rangers forwards took control and the Rangers backs, increasingly confident in their roles, took advantage.
Ipswich's second-half try was to winger Vili Kooroi, which took Rangers to safety despite Springfield's late comeback.
Koori plays a far from traditional winger's role, regularly hitting the line off either the five-eighth Stewart Banks or inside centre Jarred Lacey.
"It's going well," Dwyer said.
"We're trying to use him to snipe off Stuey or Jarred.
"Which gives us a bit of go forward."
It was a performance to please the club captain, who knows what will be required for Rangers to reach another Barber Cup grand final.
Dwyer thought even when Rangers dropped off late, the standards remained high.
"We let them have a bit of a sniff in the second half," he said.
"We weren't totally off the ball.
"We just weren't playing our structures as well."
Dwyer thought his team had the edge on Springfield in fitness and said Rangers' discipline contributed to Springfield tiring first. "We had a bit more run in us than they did," Dwyer said.
"We were able to move them around a bit in defence."
For that the Rangers forwards had to ensure they won the battle in tight.
"Our forwards were really good," Dwyer said. "Our set piece is always good. "We're getting close to where we want to be."
Rangers' four points for the win would have been enough for them to draw level with the third-placed Hawks, but Springfield's points for losing by seven or fewer points keeps their noses just ahead of Rangers.
In the Pegg Cup, Ipswich Rangers went down to Brisbane Irish 25-12.