Rangers out-scrap Bears to bag points
THE performance is not likely to figure heavily in their end-of-season highlights reel, but Toowoomba Rangers battled and scrapped well enough to bag five Wagners Risdon Cup competition points at Heritage Oval today.
Rangers took their season record to two wins and two losses with a 33-14 victory over Toowoomba Bears.
The win keeps Rangers in early-season touch with the competition's leading group while the loss leaves the undermanned Bears still searching for their first 2019 victory.
The match started ominously for Bears when Winston Golden finished off a long-range Rangers try in the third minute of play to grab a quick 7-0 lead.
But Bears, with the help of some solid goal-line defence, kept Rangers at bay until the 25th minute when the visitors crossed again through Michael Debney to open up a 14-0 scoreline.
Just when it looked like Rangers might begin to forge clear, Bears hit back with a converted try from centre Hayden Brown to set up a 14-7 half-time scoreboard.
The match was there for the taking in the second half and it was Rangers who responded best to post further tries through Brandon Murray, Gordon McNeill and Robert Paterson to seal the bonus-point victory.
Bears' second try came from replacement winger Justin McCall with his team out of winning range at that stage.
Successful co-coach Tom Crockett was disappointed his side couldn't back up its previous good form when thrashing UQ Gatton and put the "messy" display down to simple errors.
"It was different to our win last week which was good," Crockett said.
"We tried to do too many fancy things today which didn't come off, but that's rugby.
"We battled away and in the end we did enough to win."
Bears' assistant coach Bryan Battersby had a similar tale of his team's effort which included co-coach Mick Jarroush taking the field to help steer the ship.
"Simple mistakes cost us," Battersby said.
"They were just too big for us.
"But on saying that we were much better than we were last week against Roma."
TOOWOOMBA RANGERS 33 (Winston Golden, Michael Debney, Brandon Murray, Gordon McNeil, Robert Paterson tries; Mal Grealy 4 conversions) d TOOWOOMBA BEARS 14 (Hayden Brown, Justin McCall tries; Will Jackson 2 conversions).
USQ 22 d UQ GATTON 0
ROMA 31 d DALBY 24
GOONDIWINDI 79 d CONDAMINE 5