Cods beat Rats

THE Water Rats suffered a tough defeat at the hands of the Condamine Cods on Saturday in A-grade rugby.

Despite trailing 17-nil in the sweltering conditions at Condamine at half time, a number of injuries to key players and two send-offs allowed the score to blow out to 52-nil in the second half.

Warwick Water Rats coach John O’Leary said he was proud of how courageously his team fought, especially Clemens Akaavanga playing his first match in A-grade at fullback, fly-half Fred Walker and prop Craig Pettiford, who played outstanding again to pick up another three player of the year points.

Club captain Ryan Smith yesterday underwent scans on an injured shoulder, the results of which could have him out of action for a number of weeks.

Key lineout jumper Dave Young had scans on an injured ankle.

“I thought if we could have kept everyone on the paddock in the second half we might have pulled it off,” O’Leary said.

“We showed up and played very well in the first half.”



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