Rats on the road in region

The Warwick Water Rats have reason to smile with a great five from five start to the 2020 season.

By Casey O'Connor

It was a massive day of travel for the Senior Rats. The girls made the trek to Dirranbandi with a squad of just seven. Without the luxury of subs, they struggled against fitter opponents in the first two matches.

St George put their home ground advantage to good use and add in the factor that they had adequate players to field two teams it was all credit to the Warwick girls that the score at half-time was only five-nil.

Unfortunately, the Frillnecks ran away with the game in the second half to score a 24-0 win.

The luxury of rolling on so many fresh players proved a huge advantage as the Frillnecks ran away with a 24-0 victory.

The girls’ second match was interrupted by wild weather and hail. Again the lack of fresh reserves told in the end. The Bears big winners – 32-0 win.

There is good news however, the Rats showed plenty of ticker in the final game of the day. In a much better performance they downed Roma 22-7. The girls scored four tries and only conceded to Roma in the last minute. Amanda Hinch best on ground.

To allow all teams to recover from the gruelling weekend of travel, a full round of byes has been scheduled this weekend. The girls will be looking for some well-earned R & R.

WATER RATS TOO STRONG FOR RIVER RATS…

The Warwick Water Rats Men’s side continued their unbeaten star to the season this past Saturday and are now five from five in season 2020. Their 36-7 win over the much-improved Chinchilla side is no indication of how tough and brutal this game was. There was for the little bit of complacency that set at the Fish Tank. The Chinchilla River Rats produced a tough, fighting performance. The rats ran in two tries in the first ten and many wondered if it was going to be a one-sided affair.

The River Rats dug-in and held Warwick at bay for the remainder of the half while scoring a great try of their own. The classic chip-chase and regather delighted the home crowd.

A pivotal moment in the match came early in the second half. Momentum was swinging Chinchilla’s way but five minutes of disciplined defence repelled the raid

Paul Christensen, pulled off two intercepts during the game. On one occasion he snatched the ball out of the air and ran the length of the field before passing to his brother, Matt to score.

That try turned the game and the afternoon storm which rolled in made for miserable conditions.

The Water Rats stuck solid to their plan with a mature and measured approach. Clever kicking and smart ball management allowed Warwick to camp in the opposition half never offering Chinchilla a chance.

It was far from a pretty win – ugly, scrappy yet effective footy and with a win in their sights the Water Rats moved in for the kill.

The Rat’s stocks were bolstered by the return of scum half Joseph Levick who added sense of calm and poise to the play. His performance gives selectors a real headache with Harry Sullivan set to return

Brad Johnson continues to defy father time and the laws of physics, while. Matty Christensen was electric scoring another hat trick. Youngster Ryan Balint, showed plenty of class at fullback.

The Water Rats are back at home this weekend and are attracting plenty of new followers at home games.

Coach Vlad Savovski says this home game against the Bears is an impotent stepping-stone towards the club’s clash with Premiers Chinchilla and the team is hoping to keep their unbeaten run intact.

Kick off this Saturday is 2pm at Risdon Oval.

 

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