April 30, 2013
The South Burnett Thrashers came up against 2012 premiers Rangers during their first home match of the season in Kingaroy on Saturday … and gave the local crowd something to cheer about.
Coming off a win last week, the Thrashers had their tails up but it was always going to be a big ask.
The final scoreline, Rangers 31 South Burnett 7, didn’t reflect the intensity of the game.
Club President Shane O’Malley said the South Burnett team showed a lot of promise.
“That was the top team in the competition, and we really took it to them,” he said.
Rangers accelerated away at the start with their No 15, Grant Angell, scoring three quick tries in succession.
“We let them get away in the first 10 or 15 minutes,” Shane said.
But the Thrashers withheld the pressure better as the game wore on.
“Our defence was excellent,” Shane said. “It was a very physical game. Afterwards, the Rangers said it was hardest, most physical game they played so far this year.”
Shane said a “lot of positives” had come out of the match.
“We now just have to work on our finishing,” he said.
The Thrashers will be back on the road next Saturday, travelling to Toowoomba for a match-up against the Bears.
“They’re pretty good rivals of ours, it should be a pretty close contest,” Shane said.