Rats courageous in A-grade loss
ROGER Ngariki and Ryan Smith were two of the best as the Warwick Water Rats went down 58-0 to Toowoomba City Bears in A-grade rugby union at Risdon Oval on Saturday.
The score was 41-0 at half-time but Warwick showed plenty of fight in the second half.
After winning a lineout inside their own quarter, the Warwick pack took the ball 15 metres downfield with some strong mauling in a show of forward strength.
Late in the game, Warwick ran the ball from its own quarter before outside back Roger Ngariki made a break and kicked downfield to gain valuable ground.
Bears co-coach Hamish Procter said he had to take his hat off to Warwick.
“They are short of players and hit by injuries but were very competitive in patches,” Procter said.
“Roger Ngariki really stood out and their number 8 (Smith) made a few good runs.”
Smith said the Water Rats players were a tight group and he was looking forward to a home game against Rangers on Saturday.
“It was a tremendous effort on Saturday,” Smith said.
Warwick went into the game with 17 players and lost Alex Costello half-way through the game with an arm injury.
The game was called off with 10 minutes to go when winger Anthony Hall was taken to hospital with a suspected rib injury.