Warwick uneasy in race to finals

WITH just four home and away games to go, the Warwick Redbacks should feel comfortable in the knowledge that it is three games clear of fifth-placed University and a game clear of fourth-placed Toowoomba.

However, this is not the case. The Redbacks have the most difficult path to the September action, with University having the easiest.

As fate would have it, Warwick will meet University in the final game of the season. The neutral ground at Rockville will be of no advantage to either club.

Slade Park will not be of any use to the Redbacks from here on in as they have played their last home game for the season. Prior to meeting University of Southern Queensland (USQ) in the final round, the Redbacks will meet South Toowoomba and Coolaroo twice.

A win in one of those games - or a loss to USQ in that three-week window - will keep Warwick safe. Tigers will meet USQ twice but still have a Goondiwindi game up their sleeve.

Warwick's injury list this time last season was becoming larger and larger with each game. This season it is much lower and the Redbacks have a more versatile list from which to select.

Another advantage is most of the team have now played finals football.

From this point of the season onward, it is essential that the players, the coaching staff, the operations group, the support staff and anyone else who is involved with the club all pull in the one direction and attend training.


  • Coolaroo 48
  • Souths 44
  • Warwick 28
  • Toowoomba Tigers 24
  • University 16
  • Goondiwindi 8

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