Water Rats A-grade half-back Russell Craymer passes the ball on Saturday.
Water Rats A-grade half-back Russell Craymer passes the ball on Saturday. Casandra Garvey

Rats return with gusto

WHILE they were unable to come home with a win, in their first A-grade home game since 2005 the Warwick Water Rats gave defending premiers the Goondiwindi Emus a fright at Risdon Oval on Saturday.

With the Emus leading 12-nil at half time the game was anyone’s.

Unfortunately, a couple of key errors from the Water Rats close to the try line and a dominant Goondiwindi lineout and scrum helped the Emus get home 31-nil in front of a good crowd at Risdon Oval.

After the Water Rats went down 44-14 against Dalby in the first round, coach John O’Leary said he was happy with how the team was improving.

“I believe we offered a strong challenge to Goondiwindi considering we didn’t have much possession,” O’Leary said.

“We exponentially improved from our last game and when we did have opportunities with the ball we did take them and in the main our options were good in attack. But lack of possession meant we were defending the whole game.

“It was a shame they got away in the last 10 minutes because at 12-nil at half time we were in with a chance.”

O’Leary said the way key players like captain Ryan Smith, Fred Walker and Craig Pettiford stepped up was a real positive.

“I am pleased the players are taking on the challenge and stepping up to the plate however while more is required, we’re quietly confident that we’ll continue to get better,” he said.

“We’re really looking forward to meeting Goondiwindi in the second round, they’ll be a little stronger and a little wiser, but so will we.”



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