Harley Brown on his way to scoring the first try at home for Warwick this season.
Harley Brown on his way to scoring the first try at home for Warwick this season. Michael Cormack

Rats close margin on home soil

RUGBY UNION: The Warwick Water Rats have shown plenty of promise in their first home game of B-grade rugby in the Downs Rugby competition, despite losing 52-36 to Gatton on Saturday.

Missing a number of backs, the home side pushed the visitors all the way in a high-scoring clash.

The margin was much improved for the Water Rats, after they lost their opening fixture of B-grade rugby to Goondiwindi, 62-14, three weeks ago.

Coach John O'Leary said the lack of backs hurt his side.

"The forwards having to play in the backs stretched us," O'Leary said.

"They were able to beat us for pace a couple of times out wide."

O'Leary said mistakes also cost his side.

"We had them in the forwards," he said.

"But we turned over a bit too much ball.

"I also thought our one-on-one tackling in defence was a bit average.

"But Gatton played a good team game."

O'Leary said it was good to play the side's first home game in B-grade.

"It was exciting," O'Leary said.

"The team is a bit disappointed in the end - both in the result and the way we played.

"We didn't really play to our structures and our game plan."

O'Leary said he was hopeful some of his backs would return for next week's home match against Toowoomba on Saturday, but said he might lose some players from this week too.



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