Rats' lead slips away
THE Water Rats were given a huge boost of confidence on Saturday when they came close to toppling the Toowoomba Rangers at Risdon Oval.
The Rats led 13-12 going into the sheds at half-time thanks largely to the boot of No.8 Mitchell Lamb, who also scored a try.
However despite a gutsy effort from the Rats in the second half, Rangers got up 32-20 to keep Warwick winless for the season.
While disappointed with the loss, club captain-coach Ryan Smith said he was thrilled with how well his team played.
“We were unlucky not to walk away with the points. It’s one of the best games we’ve played all year and it was a tremendous effort right across the park,” he said.
“There’s a lot to build on and a lot of hope with the boys.”
The Rats’ ranks will be further bolstered this week with the arrival of two new forwards from Fiji tomorrow.
Lamb was named the Rats’ best while prop Tas Robinson and inside centre Fred Walker were awarded the remaining points.
Smith also gave an honourable mention to young forward Alex Costello.
“I think he played outstanding. He did an exceptional job at flanker,” Smith said.
“It was great having the depth coming off the bench. Chris McMahon and Rick Johnson did a great job off the bench, they worked well.”
The Rats will this Saturday make the trip to Roma to take on an in-form Echidnas outfit, which currently sits in third position on the A-grade ladder.
Smith said he was happy with how the squad was building.
“I think we’ll field a very competitive team against Roma,’ he said.
“Our set pieces have improved a lot. I think we’ve improved a lot over the whole game, we just need to improve the little things now.
“We could have scored a lot more points (on Saturday); the game was there for the taking. We’re not going to dwell on the loss, we can take positives out of the game and it was a big improvement.”
Smith said he was looking forward to the Rats’ next home game when they host Dalby the following weekend.
“It will be a good match to see where we are,” he said.
“We played Dalby in the first round and got a bit of a touch-up but our team will be very strong against them.”