Rats determined to dominate, motivated by bitter season loss
RUGBY UNION: Narrowly missing last year’s grand final has become a driving motivator for the Warwick Water Rats ahead of the 2020 season.
Looking to improve on their 9 – 3 record, player and coach Vlad Savovski said the team knew their weaknesses on and off the field.
“What we’d like to improve on this year is our playing pool, that would be a great success particularly in the backs,” Savovski said.
“Our forwards, we’re strong and we dominate when it comes to scrums, lineouts and general phase play but where we would like to build and grow would be in our backline this year.
“We’ve got a young squad, which is great because there’s a lot of enthusiasm among the boys.”
While bolstering player numbers is a goal for the club, the men’s B-grade side is still searching for a head coach to allow players to focus on their individual performances.
“That would be great to have a dedicated coach which would then allow a number of the players who are fulfilling that coach/ playing role the opportunity to come down, focus on their training, focus on the unit work and their individual skills rather than trying to organise, coach, play, train – it can get quite busy and hard,” he said.
“Over the last few years we’ve had a leadership group that spreads the load out which has been quite successful, the boys know what’s expected of them and everyone chips in and does their bit.”
Despite operating without a head coach, Savovski admits that the side has a reputation against fellow Downs Rugby teams, who often struggle against their ad lib style.
“A lot of teams actually don’t like coming up against us because we don’t have those same structures that a lot of other places have,” he said.
“We have the ability to keep it tight but also bash it down when we need to by playing that free flowing game.
“Having a few blokes that are in their 30s and have a different mentality towards the game does help because we do play that harder and rougher style of rugby but then we have the ability to let loose with our younger blokes out the back.”
In a rugby league-dominated town, Savovski hopes the introduction of three junior sides to the club will encourage more players to give the sport a go.
“It is hard, a lot of people whether they’re afraid of not knowing the rules or traditionally they’ve played league, their mates play league, their fathers and grandfathers play league does make it hard,” he said.
”Well it’s not hard but it’s just trying to get them to see the light.
“All we do is encourage people to come down, see what we’re about and give it a go.”