KEEP GOING: A strong Warwick push ensures a scrum win at Risdon Oval against USQ.
KEEP GOING: A strong Warwick push ensures a scrum win at Risdon Oval against USQ. Nicole Zurcas

Rats bounce back for solid win but away games this weekend

RUGBY UNION: After a week off to mull over a tough loss, I've returned with some brighter news from the Warwick Water Rats.

The lads have too, bouncing back to piece together another exciting attacking display on Ladies Day at Risdon Oval against USQ.

A front row absentee meant regular flanker Harry Marshall was forced to roll back the clock to a bigger, better time, when he was 120kg and dominated up front.

Much leaner now and powered by baked beans he put on a scrummaging masterclass at loose-head prop.

Haz added definite mobility to the front row and his combination on the field with unlikely ally, inside centre Tom Winter, was magical.

For a while there in the second half, they must have decided they would only pass to each other, stringing together a flurry of offloads and making us look like the new All Blacks.

The rest of the forwards were solid as usual.

Ross Murray, instantly recognisable for his wild hair, put in another fighting performance at lock, chopping down blokes twice his weight without fear.

Anthony Savovski continues to work his guts out in the front row, and around the field he's a constant menace.

He even backed up and played 70 minutes for an injury stricken Gatton Black Pigs side in A grade where he showed an unyielding commitment to the art of scrummaging.

He must really love it.

Josh Sharman and Lane Topa again impressed on the wing, providing a threat out wide. Since moving from centre or fullback, Josh has excelled on the edge.

His explosive pace and power, with or without the ball, make him one of the Rats' most valuable players.

It was a pretty comprehensive victory for the Rats, who shut USQ out in the second half, winning 34-12.

This weekend both the men's and women's teams will journey to the Fish Tank at Condamine.

Alastair Costello is a Water Rats player who is out injured but is reporting on the B-grade games from inside the club bunker each Thursday in the Daily News.



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