Warwick Water Rats players (from left) Nat Hooper, Conrad Van Kan, Ryan Smith and Rick Johnson at training on Tuesday night.
Warwick Water Rats players (from left) Nat Hooper, Conrad Van Kan, Ryan Smith and Rick Johnson at training on Tuesday night.

Rats back in force

A GRADE coach John O’Leary is confident the Water Rats can grab a share of the $2000 prize money on offer at the Royal Hotel Guyra Tens tournament on Saturday.

“We don’t know a lot about the other teams but our guys are hitting their straps after four weeks of training this year,” O’Leary said.

“The aim is to field a mobile side in Tens rugby as the teams with the most pace usually win.”

Rick Johnson reckons the Warwick club is going to make a name for itself on the field upon its return to A grade for the 2010 Darling Downs season.

The Water Rats fielded only a B-grade team last season and Johnson said all players wanted to represent their own town in A grade.

“We have double the numbers we had last year,” Johnson said.

At times, football teams have trouble travelling to places like Roma and St George with full squads but Johnson said the Warwick club “lived for the bus trips”.

“Teams like Roma and St George make the effort to travel, we must make the effort too,” Johnson said.

As one of the players pushing to play A grade anywhere in the tight five, Johnson believes the side has players with the skills to perform up front.

“We have some big boys,” he said.

Flanker Ryan Smith also is confident Warwick won’t be a pushover this season.

“This season is the start of a new era in Warwick rugby,” Smith said.

Water Rats training is 6pm Tuesday and Thursday.



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