GOING IN HARD: Colin Chowns for Warwick Water Rats in a game against Goondiwindi.
GOING IN HARD: Colin Chowns for Warwick Water Rats in a game against Goondiwindi. Gerard Walsh

Confident coach tips Water Rats win over Pigs

WITH A quiet confidence and casual optimism, the Warwick Water Rats prepare to face off against Gatton at their first home game of the season.

After taking on the rampant Goondiwindi side in their first week and enduring an unfortunate forfeit to Roma due to a lack of players the next, the Rats have had a tough start to the season.

Today however the Rats have regrouped and are ready to take on the Black Pigs on home turf at Risdon Oval.

Coach John O'Leary said he was happy to accept the unplanned home game when Gatton ran into trouble.

"There is always an advantage with the home games; we do have the extra spirit but our numbers also go up because we can get fringe players who aren't able to travel in," he said.

"At the start of the season you don't know what you're up against when you play a team you haven't had before," O'Leary said.

However after a few strong sessions at training, the Rats anticipate a return to the winners' list this week.

"I am hoping to see 21-7 to Warwick," the coach said.

"They are a uni team on holidays so it could work either way for us, they could have a few players away or the holiday may free up more to play; we will just have to wait and see."

With hard men up front in Neil "Feathers" McCosker, undefeated heavyweight champion Craig "Petty" Pettiford and Richard "Kiwi" Sims, the experience in the back row of Tim Harslett, Brad Johnson plus young talent in the backs with speed to burn including new signing Jack Grant and Dickie Turnbell, the Rats feel they are set to sizzle.

Kick off for the Water Rats v Gatton in B grade rugby at Risdon Oval is at 1.30 today. Entry is free and a full bar and canteen will be operating.



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