TEAMS AT HOME: Warwick defenders tackle Wattles captain Dale Perkins in a 2016 local derby. Both teams are at home today.
TEAMS AT HOME: Warwick defenders tackle Wattles captain Dale Perkins in a 2016 local derby. Both teams are at home today. Gerard Walsh

Two litmus tests today for Warwick and Wattles in rugby league

RUGBY LEAGUE: Tonight will tell a tale about how Warwick and Wattles are travelling in the TRL this season.

Warwick is fourth but has A-grade games in successive weeks against the top three teams, starting with Pittsworth at 6.30pm tonight, the 30th anniversary of the formation of the Cowboys.

Club officials have invited all involved in the 1986 season, and the years that followed, to share old times in the clubhouse today.

Coach Craig Mullaly said he would field his best combination of the season in A grade.

“Swapping Ryan McIvor and Jaime Abbas has worked well: Ryan is controlling the play from five-eighth and Jaime is working hard at lock and is another option in attack,” Mullaly said.

“Pittsworth are the benchmark this season so we will see where we are as a team.”

Josh ‘Bobcat’ O’Brien will be used off the bench as an impact player after being a candidate for the biggest loser, trimming down markedly in the pre season.

“The crowd really loves Bobcat,” he said.

Wattles president Neil Phelan was impressed with the form of his young team last Sunday against Brothers.

“We dug deep against top-four side Brothers and were unlucky not to get home,” he said.

“I am hoping we can make it two wins this season after an early season victory against Oakey.

Prop Chris Warden will return against the unbeaten Souths for his first game since last year’s grand final and it is expected captain/prop Dale Perkins and half Jason Wilmot will return from injury.

GAMES: The first of four Cowboys’ games at Fr Ranger Oval today is second division at 2.10pm.

Wattles will start the round against Souths with U18s from 3.30pm today. A grade at 6.30pm. Today is ladies’ day at Wattles with a tent for ladies, as well as finger food and wine.



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