Potters Game of the Round (Rd2)


Throughout the year Downs Rugby Media will preview the biggest match ups of the Wagners Risdon Cup each week with the Potter’s Hotel Toowoomba #GameOfTheRound.

Round 2 will see two of the most dominant sides in recent year’s clash, with Rangers hosting Dalby at Gold Park.

In 2017, both sides finished in the top 3 and met early in the season round 4 where Dalby walked away with a 2 point win at John Ritter Oval. Rangers have gone down to the Wheatmen in their last 3 nail biting encounters.

Dalby have shown that they know how to start the season well, and shake off a Risdon Cup hangover going back to back in 2016 and 2017 and getting a 61-7 win on the board over Bears in round 1 of their 2018 campaign. The Wheatmen had a strong for and against in 2017 showing it was not easy to break their line but they knew how to convert good defence into good attack and get points on the board.

Dalby will look to get go forward off new comer Julian Freby and Prop Eddie Dean providing clean ball for Flyhalf Dan Merker to produce some magic. Lookout for Flanker Hugh Brosnan and Number 8 Sam Hogarth, who are strong in defence and clinical over the ball.

Rangers are also coming off a successful 2017 season and will be looking to get revenge on Dalby after going down to them in the Preliminary Final last year. Rangers had a strong win in Round 1 over Highfields piling 76 points on the board and only conceding 7.  The Rangers will want to continue their strong for and against that they have had the past few years and look to Build strong attacking raids off successful defence much like Dalby.  

Fraser Donaldson will be keen to lead by example as captain and have the likes of Clayton Clinch and the Bougoure brothers following in his footsteps to put a dominant performance in all around the park.

Captain Hogarth will be key for Dalby, after a strong season last year and plenty of representative experience under his belt Hogarth will be noticeable on the field. He will match up against fellow Representative backrower Stuart Bougoure and this will likely be the key matchup for the day. As both backrowers have wealth of experience on their side they’ll be dynamic around the field and key defenders for their sides.

Whilst Rangers haven’t beaten Dalby in their last 4 encounters, 3 of those have been by ten points or less. With Rangers falling one game short of the Grand Final for the last two years they will be looking to show the reigning premiers they are hungry to knock over one of the Darling Downs powerhouse early on in this season. Dalby will be keen to show why they have gone back to back and look to continue their success early on in this campaign.

A Grade is scheduled for a 3pm Kickoff tomorrow, with B Grade kicking off at 1:30pm and C Grade kicking off the afternoons fixtures at 12:15pm.

Last 3 Match Results:

2017 Preliminary Final: Dalby 29 def Rangers 10

Rd 13 2017: Rangers 19 def by Dalby 29

Rd 4 2017: Dalby 33 def Rangers 31

FK Gardner & Sons