Rats outclassed in friendly trial
THE Water Rats received a sharp wake-up call on Saturday when both grades were comprehensively dismantled by well-drilled Casino Bulls outfits at Risdon Oval.
The Bulls travelled up for a friendly pre-season trial with the Rats ahead of Warwick’s season opener against Dalby on April 10.
The trial on Saturday was the Rats’ first outing of the season. They were defeated 49-12 in A-grade and 48-0 in B-grade.
Coach John O’Leary admitted there was plenty of work to be done before next month, but said he was happy with the performance given it was the first game of the season.
“We came up against very good opposition, probably as good as any that we will this season,” he said.
“It did highlight a number of areas we needed to improve on. It was a trial match and a number of players were unavailable and people were playing out of position.
“We’ve got a number of players to come into the (A-grade) squad and we’ll be looking at moving a few people around.”
O’Leary said the B-grade game was a good opportunity to blood a number of new players.
“There were six new guys in B-grade and when you consider most hadn’t trained together they did remarkably well against a very good B-grade side,” he said.
“(Casino’s) B-grade side would probably match a number of the A-grade sides in the Darling Downs competition.”
However O’Leary said he wanted his reserve-grade squad to be competitive this season.
“I’d like to think that our B-grade can become competitive and it can. I would prefer B-grade to not just be a reserve squad for A-grade,” he said.
O’Leary said Mitchell Lamb, Alex Costello and Ryan Smith were the best A-grade players for the Rats.
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