Rangers’ John Vinson takes on the USQ Saints defence.
Rangers’ John Vinson takes on the USQ Saints defence.

Attitude is key for USQ Saints

RUGBY : Before a ball is kicked or a pass is thrown against Rangers, the USQ Saints need to do one thing in their Saturday, August 22 Wagners Risdon Cup clash.

Show up with the right attitude.

Recently appointed Saints A-grade men’s coach Eddie Deans believes he has a “sleeping giant” on his hands if his squad can focus.

“I wasn’t in charge when the side first played Rangers this season,” the Dalby Wheatmen premiership winning coach said.

“What I saw, though, suggested they didn’t have the right attitude, you can’t just show up and expect to win a game, that’s changed now though.

“I think we’ve got a sleeping giant, once the boys play more footy with the right attitude, look out.”

Since taking the coaching reins, Deans has been working his side hard and he likes what he sees now.

“The right attitude is there now,” he said.

“They’re working hard.

“When we played Condamine, I took all the players and I know a lot of the lower grades were not expecting to play.

“A few them did, though, and they were surprised.

“After that game, I said to them all ‘no one owns a position in this team, you have to work for everything’.”

Saints sit in second place on the Wagners Risdon Cup A-grade ladder with 11 points, six points behind their opponents today.

Facing the frontrunners at Gold Park, Deans wants his side to stand up.

“If you have the right attitude, if you’re willing to stand up and be counted, there’s no telling what you can achieve,” he said.

“I want the team to stand up and play for each other.

“We have to be strong and not allow Rangers to get past us without a fight.”

Condamine play host to Roma in the other A-grade men’s match.

Former New South Wales Waratahs half Mac Mason led Roma to their first win of the season last weekend – a 21-9 win over Bears.

MATCH DAY: Rangers vs USQ at Gold Park, 3pm. Condamine vs Roma at The Fish Bowl (Condamine), 3pm. Bears have the bye.

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