Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Hawks Swoop Late to Punish Rangers; Big Boost for Springfield with Finals Looming

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Hawks Swoop Late to Punish Rangers; Big Boost for Springfield with Finals Looming

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Byline: JAY BUCHAN

IPSWICH Rangers will not wish to find out if Cythird time lucky' rings true against Springfield this season.

The Hawks defeated the reigning Barber Cup champions for the second time this season, 30-28 at Woodend on Saturday.

Those two defeats have been Rangers' only losses this season and Saturday's, in which Springfield twice came from behind to triumph, proved they have the strength of character to win the competition.

It also revealed serious chinks in Rangers' armour.

Rangers shot to a 14-0 lead after eight minutes, running Springfield ragged with precision and pace.

Springfield worked out pretty quickly they needed to play the game on their terms and it was a forward drive that gave them the field position which led to their first try to make it 14-5.

From there the game changed completely.

C[pounds sterling]We sorted our discipline out,C[yen] said Springfield captain, back rower Juane Houston.

C[pounds sterling]There was better talk in our centres, which improved our defence.C[yen]

Rangers' previously assured attacks began to look desperate, as dropped balls played into the Hawks' hands, and they were fortunate to lead 14-8 at the break

Rangers started the second half with forward passes and dropped balls, and the Hawks cashed in with a beautiful cross-field kick by five-eighth David Pamatatau into the waiting arms of brother Tengaroa to score his second.

The conversion gave the Hawks the lead for the first time 15-14.

By now, Rangers' regimented game had unravelled under pressure from the Hawks' forwards and the unpredictability of their backs, with David Pamatatau increasingly influential.

Tengaroa scored his third from a Springfield counter attack after a Rangers' clearance failed to find touch and when halfback Iosua Peti dived over with 15 minutes remaining to make it 25-14, it seemed Rangers were dusted. …

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