Rangers flex further muscle with fifth straight win
TOOWOOMBA Bears received a timely Wagners Risdon Cup jolt at Heritage Oval today after coming off second best against an in-form Toowoomba Rangers outfit.
The young Bears have enjoyed a productive season and held down second spot on the competition ladder heading into today's match.
But Rangers sent Bears a spanking message on what will be required to mix it with the top teams as the premiership heads towards the finals' series with a 42-5 victory.
The writing was on the wall early for Bears when Rangers opened up a 14-0 lead after 28 minutes with converted tries to Fraser Donaldson and centre Jason Sharpe.
But a try two minutes later to Bears winger Sam Hagley after good lead-up work from five-eighth Richie Wilkie put the hosts back in the match at 14-5.
Bears desperately needed to be first on the scoreboard after the half-time break but it was Rangers who again took up the running.
Five minutes after the resumption fullback Ben Tuesley crossed for the visitors to extend their advantage to 21-5.
It was always going to be tough from there for Bears to claw back a 16-point deficit and with Rangers in full flight it never looked like happening.
Rangers finished their day's work with a second try to Donaldson and further five pointers to Ben Loxley and Stu Killen putting the seal on their fifth straight victory.
Rangers' coach Sam Hannant was impressed with his team's hungry finish as they pocketed another spacious win following their 36-7 demolition of USQ seven days earlier.
"We are playing with a lot of confidence and I like how we didn't our the foot off the pedal today," Hannant said.
"Our forwards are doing a good job and the backs are playing off the back of that.
"But there is room for improvement and we've got things we still want to work on."
Bears co-coach Andrew Jurgs said his team needs to now regroup.
"We were beaten by a better side on the day," Jurgs said.
"We didn't turn up today with enough competitiveness or passion."
TOOWOOMBA RANGERS 42 (Fraser Donaldson 2, Jason Sharpe, Ben Tuesley, Ben Loxley, Stu Killen tries; Ben Loxley 5 conversions) d TOOWOOMBA BEARS 5 (Sam Hagley try).
RISDON CUP RESULTS
Rangers 42 d Bears 5
Dalby 31 d Condamine 7
Goondiwindi 54 d USQ 17
UQ Gatton 64 d St George 3