Water Rats lose first game back

THE Warwick Water Rats made their return to the A-grade Darling Downs Rugby Union competition at the weekend but their success did not extend to the scoreboard.

The Water Rats took on the Wheatmen in both A and B Grade in Dalby on Saturday but were upstaged in both grades.

The Wheatmen ran out 4614 winners in the main game but Warwick coach John O’Leary said he was happy with how the Rats went given their short pre-season that included just one trial game u.

“In A grade we did expect to be more competitive, however while disappointed with the result, we have the core of a genuine A-grade squad and look forward to playing Goondiwindi next Saturday,” he said.

“A number of our players have had a real face-to-face experience of what is required to play A grade in this competition.”

New Zealand player Jared Jensen was outstanding in the forwards for the Water Rates while inside centre Fred Walker scored one try from the base of the scrum and helped set up another.

Clemens Akaavanga and Anthony Hawes had solid games in B grade.

The Water Rats will host the Goondiwindi Emus at Risdon Oval on Saturday. The B-grade game is set to commence at 1.30pm with A grade to kick off at 3pm.



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