TOUGH TASK: The Wheatman will have their hands full this weekend with league-leaders Rangers.
TOUGH TASK: The Wheatman will have their hands full this weekend with league-leaders Rangers. FILE

Top-of-the-table clash

Rugby Union: The Dalby Wheatmen's A-grade side cruised to a 54-point victory at John Ritter Oval two weeks ago, however a much tougher task stands in their way this Saturday.

In what is a top-of-the-table clash, the Wheatmen will play away from home against the Toowoomba Rangers, who are also coming off a dominant display, winning their first match of the season by 69 points.

Dalby Wheatmen A-grade coach Nathan Bradley is looking forward to a hard-fought affair.

"Preparations have been great, we had all hands on deck for training on Tuesday and everyone trained really well,” he said.

"At this stage we are at full strength for this weekend's match-up.

"The Rangers are traditionally a very strong and big side and they have plenty of new personnel, which is something we are wary of because we are going into the game unsure of what to expect.

"We will just do what we do every week and that is to prepare ourselves to the best of our ability.”

Despite it being only round two of the season, Bradley understands the importance of getting an emphatic win against a top-level opponent at this point of the year.

"The Toowoomba Rangers have consistently been a top-four side in the last three years or so, so if we can manage to get a win away from home that would be extremely valuable and will put us in good stead moving forward,” he said.

"We have our sights set on a number of things and one of those sights is to beat a top-three side in the early stages of the season.”

Having won the majority of their previous encounters in recent times, Bradley said he would be disappointed if they didn't come away with a decent result.

"We always have and continue to set a very high standard for ourselves and, if we play to our potential, the team and I are confident we can come away with the win even if we aren't at home,” he said.

The game is at Gold Park, Toowoomba, and will kick off at 3pm on Saturday.


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