The Water Rats and Bears pack down in the scrum last Saturday at Risdon Oval. They play Rangers this Saturday.
The Water Rats and Bears pack down in the scrum last Saturday at Risdon Oval. They play Rangers this Saturday. GERARD WALSH

Rats to keep building: Ryan Smith

WATER Rats club captain/coach Ryan Smith is confident his team will improve from its 58-nil drubbing by Bears last week when Warwick takes on Rangers at home on Saturday.

Rangers currently sit in seventh position with two wins from six games – with just St George and Warwick below them – so will be looking to keep their finals dream alive this weekend with a big win over the Water Rats.

Smith said he was happy with how his team performed last weekend, given it was Warwick's first game in three weeks.

“The scoreline didn't really resemble the game,” he said.

“Our second half was pretty good, we only let in 17 points. We could have easily thrown in the towel and let them come over the top of us even more but we stood up and regrouped.

“Going in I was a bit doubtful about our scrum, but our scrum definitely held its own.”

This was largely due to first-time hooker Shane Currie.

Smith said the aim for the club was to keep the current core group of players and keep building, after a three-week hiatus due to a lack of players, largely brought on by injury.

“We need to work on our structure, we're getting the ball but we don't know what to do with it yet,” he said.

“I think it just comes to patience while we're in the rebuilding stage. We've got the attacking flair there and we should be putting points on.

“I think the game plan against Rangers is to work on being really strong in our defence, kicking to the corners and playing the game in their half.”

Smith said he hoped Warwick would turn out to Risdon Oval at 3pm on Saturday and support the A-grade Water Rats team.



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