The Water Rats players during the A-grade game against Goondiwindi last month.
The Water Rats players during the A-grade game against Goondiwindi last month. CASANDRA GARVEY

Water Rats bravely opt for A grade

WARWICK Water Rats captain coach Ryan Smith is relieved his club will return to the field on Saturday against Toowoomba City Bears at Risdon Oval in A grade.

After suffering 13 injuries, the Water Rats wrote to Downs Rugby Limited (DRL) two weeks ago seeking to play B rather than both A and B grade for the rest of the season.

The request was rejected by the Downs senior sub-committee, the Water Rats being told with just one team it was A grade or nothing.

Smith said the players voted at a club meeting on Tuesday night to play A grade so as to get back on the field.

“I know it will be a bit of a struggle in A grade but hopefully we can get a couple of upset wins,” he said.

“We also considered that if we just played B grade, we would be facing a lot of A graders from other clubs.

“Fred Walker (star centre) is excited to keep playing A grade and we will be boosted by the inclusion of two tight forwards from Fiji on June 8.”

Club president Justin Wynn expressed dismay last week that the DRL senior sub committee refused the request to just play B grade.

“Matt Edwards from the senior sub committee phoned me before the meeting and was adamant we can’t go backwards (to B grade),” Wynn said.

“The ideal situation was just to play B grade but that was not going to happen.”

The players from Fiji are Lekima Drole and Joapie Turukawa.

Drole played for Queensland Country when playing for the Water Rats from 1998 to 2002. All players asked to be at training at 6pm today at Risdon Oval.

The game between Warwick and Bears in A grade on Saturday is at 3pm.



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