Rats claim first win of the season

DETERMINATION and commitment in the face of adversity has payed off for the Warwick Water Rats after their first win of the season in the Darling Downs Rugby Union competition.

The A-grade side defeated St George 24-13 on a muddy battlefield at home on Saturday and celebrated the victory at their clubhouse.

Coach Ryan Smith said he was very proud of his players who fought hard the whole match.

“We just really focused on playing well after last week's performance,” Smith said.

“I think everyone just wanted to step up.”

The Rats took control of the match when Dom Nicholls broke through the red and white defence for a half-field run just before the half-time hooter, enabling the side to start the second half 17-12.

“All the players across the field played well; it was really a group effort,” Smith said.

Fly-half Shane Hooper made an outstanding contribution for his first game back this season, after suffering a broken ankle.

Roger Ngarki, Fred Walker, Dom Nicholls and Mitch Lamb all crossed the line for the Rats to cement some points on the board for the season.

Smith wants to push his team through to the end of the season with three more teams to face.

They play the Toowoomba Bears next weekend at Heritage Oval at 3pm.

Smith said they faced the Bears earlier in the season after a couple of weeks out and were keen to make a bigger impact this match.

“We will have a stronger performance against them this time,” he said.



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