TRY SAVER: Warwick player Tshinta Kendall saves a certain try after running 60 metres to tackle Bears player of the match Kiara Taylor in the grand final loss.
TRY SAVER: Warwick player Tshinta Kendall saves a certain try after running 60 metres to tackle Bears player of the match Kiara Taylor in the grand final loss. Gerard Walsh

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RUGBY UNION: The Warwick Water Rats women's sevens team was the most improved side in the competition - that was the word on grand final day in Downs rugby.

Warwick qualified for the grand final with a 17-12 win against Dalby at Clive Berghofer Stadium in Toowoomba and then lost 20-7 to Bears in the grand final two hours later.

The Water Rats trailed 10-0 at half-time and then 20-0 before Jayde Ware scored beside the posts and Tshinta Kendall converted for the Water Rats.

Warwick captain Lisa Croft said the win against Dalby in the qualifying final was a great team effort.

"We made a few mistakes in the grand final and Bears are a quick side,” she said.

"Emily Byrne was our best player in the grand final.

"Many of the other sides have said we are the team which improved the most all season,” she said.

Winning Bears coach Scott Gale said Warwick really deserved to be in the grand final.

"They are the biggest improvers since the start of the season,” Gale said.

"We hope there are more teams next season.”

He was upbeat about Bears hopes for next season.

"Four or five of our players are only 16,” he said.



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