Bears defence too good for Rats

IN a hard fought game which went down to the wire, the Warwick Water Rats Rugby Union team lost to Toowoomba City Bears 17-10.

Club vice-president Scotty McLennan said the team started well.

“We had them in their 22m zone for most of the opening half, however we failed to put points on the board, and when they got into our 22 they scored,” he said.

“Their defence was outstanding. However, at half time the score was only 5-0 to them and we were confident that if we played to our game plan we would get the better of them.

“But we started the second half poorly to let in another two tries.

“When we held the ball we were clearly the better side but we dropped it on a number of occasions with try scoring opportunities on offer.

“In the closing 15 minutes our boys threw everything at the Bears and were rewarded with a converted try and a penalty. It was one of those games which could have gone either way but the Bears superiority in defence sealed the game for them.”

Coach John O'Leary said Mitch Lamb's captaincy was outstanding and Brendan Thurlow's leadership and passion were great.

“The younger guys really look up to these two and the other senior players,” he said.

“It is very encouraging for the Rats to enter into the A-grade competition next season.

“Man of the match Roger Ngariki was outstanding in his attack and defence.”

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