Under-strength Rats lose to Roma

DESPITE a gallant 17-3 first-half performance, an under-manned Water Rats side went down 53-12 to the Echidnas at Roma on Saturday.

The Rats made the five and a half hour journey out to Roma on Saturday with just 16 players, with two of the unavailable being key props Tas Robinson and Craig Pettiford, who has been one of Warwick's best this season.

However strong performances by flanker Alex Costello, who was awarded the three player of the year points, and club captain-coach Ryan Smith – who kicked all 12 of the Water Rats' points – ensured Warwick did not go down without a fight.

While speaking to a scarce Roma crowd who braved the chilly conditions after the match, Smith praised the efforts of his players, who fought for the full 80 minutes.

After coming out of the sheds at 17-3 from half time, Smith gave the Water Rats some hope by kicking two quick penalties to bring the score to 17-9.

However an unfortunate error from the Water Rats off the kick-off led to Roma hitting back with a try, to put the score at 24-9.

Smith then kicked another goal to bring the Rats within touching distance at 24-12. However a match-ending injury to outside centre Fred Walker dismissed any chance of a Water Rats' revival.

Warwick is set to field a cracking full-strength side against Dalby at home this Saturday, and Smith is hopeful for the Water Rats' first win of the season.



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