RANGERS' Barber Cup title defence could hardly have started better with a 38-0 win over Brisbane Irish at Woodend on Saturday.

"I'm really happy with it," Rangers skipper and number eight Charlie Scott said.

"It was a good hit-out and good result."

It could have been even better if not for some early-season rust, resulting in handling errors.

"The scoreboard could have been double," Scott said.

"But it's things we can train on.

"Our backs were consistently getting in behind them."

That they were was largely due to the dominance of the Rangers forward pack, which contained seven of last year's premiership-winning starting eight.

"We had them in the set piece," Scott said. "We absolutely monstered their scrum."

The only one missing from the grand final pack is the current Pegg Cup coach at Rangers, Dominic Chalk.

In his place was Michael Murphy. "He slotted straight in," Scott said of Murphy. "We're pretty flush for props at the moment."

So much so that in the earlier Reserve grade clash between the two clubs, a Rangers prop started in the centres.

Scott also praised second row pair Dan Egan and Josh Sio, as well as blindside flanker Silas Cox, for helping Rangers establish a dominant forward platform.

It gave the backs the perfect chance to launch their attacks from. "Tommy Dwyer played well as always," Scott said of the Rangers fullback.

"He managed to pick up a loose ball and run the length of the field.

"There were three or four Irish players all around when Tommy swooped."

More pleasing than the 38 points Rangers racked up was the number they conceded.

Typifying the defensive effort was winger Bryce Litzow.

"There were a couple of times we were broken and he chased," Scott said. "He had no right to get there when we were up by 38 points."

It is such determination that has the captain confident his team is not suffering any premiership hangover.

"It was good signs for early in the season," he said.

Meanwhile, Springfield lost its opening Barber Cup match to Wynnum 39-19. In the Pegg Cup, Rangers beat Irish 41-3.

Subbies Results

Barber Cup: Ipswich Rangers 38 d Brisbane Irish 0, Wynnum 39 d Springfield 19.

Pegg Cup: Ipswich Rangers 43 d Brisbane Irish 3.



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