Warwick centre Bob Nicholls on the attack against Condamine.
Warwick centre Bob Nicholls on the attack against Condamine. Jenna Cairney

Close game for Rats

COACH Ryan Smith rated his side's 24-19 loss to Condamine at Risdon Oval on Saturday as the best performance of the season in A-grade.

Warwick flyhalf Mitch Lamb and winger Roger Ngariki scored the first two tries and Lamb landed one conversion to put the home side up 12-0.

Condamine scored five minutes before half-time to trail 12-7 at the break.

The visitors took the lead with a converted try after 15 minutes of the second half.

Ten minutes later, centre Fred Walker crossed for the third Warwick try and Lamb converted for a 19-14 lead.

Smith said the superior fitness of the top-five side from Condamine told on his players late in the game with the visitors scoring two tries.

“We had a couple of opportunities in the final 10 minutes to win the game,” Smith said.

Centres Fred Walker and Bob Nicholls, fullback Josh Klein and flanker Alex Costello were four of the best for Warwick.

Prop Kev Neal played well in his first game for the Water Rats and Jackson Brookman was strong on the side of the scrum in his first game of rugby union.

Warwick has a bye on Saturday and plays USQ at Risdon Oval on July 24.

The Water Rats have reverted to one training night a week each Thursday and Smith is hoping the full squad will be in attendance this week to improve their match fitness and combinations for the game against USQ.



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