Match to test Water Rats ability

WARWICK Water Rats coach John O’Leary believes tomorrow’s match with the Condamine Cods will be a good measure of his young side’s ability.

The Rats will play the Cods at Condamine tomorrow in A-grade with a 3pm kick-off.

O’Leary said there would be a few forced changes from the squad which played at the weekend against Goondiwindi due to injuries.

“It is a shame because we were starting to get rhythm in the squad,” he said.

O’Leary said the Condamine Cods were indicative of the type of club Warwick were aiming to build into.

“The Cods started reasonably recently and have developed into a strong senior side,” he said.

“When you consider the town, there’s a petrol station and a pub, if you consider what they’ve done it is remarkable.”

O’Leary said the plan of attack would be to win and maintain possession and target in behind the Cods forwards.

“We’re going to keep the ball there or there abouts between the forwards and the fly-half,” he said.

He said his mobile forwards pack would be looking to strengthen up the scrum and lineout so as to give clean ball to the scrum-half Russell Craymer.

O’Leary said he was happy with the Water Rats so far.

“I am quite impressed, I don’t think some people give credit to the quality of the Darling Downs competition, it’s not a bad standard,” he said.

“We’re not going to be world-beaters overnight, but all things considered we’re going well.”



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