Warwick Water Rats A-grade captain-coach Ryan Smith with (back, from left) under 8s player Ryan Balint, U12s player Matthew Meek and U10s player Tom Staunton.
Warwick Water Rats A-grade captain-coach Ryan Smith with (back, from left) under 8s player Ryan Balint, U12s player Matthew Meek and U10s player Tom Staunton.

Water Rats set for first win

THE Water Rats want to start the first match of the Risdon Cup second round this weekend with a win, and see it as the symbolic start of their 2010 season.

It is set to be an action-packed day at Risdon Oval tomorrow with the junior Water Rats hosting Dalby, Rangers and Souths in the morning before the A-grade senior team plays the Dalby Wheatmen at 2pm.

Captain-coach Ryan Smith said the team saw the game as the true start of their season, after several setbacks in the first round led to the club having a three-week hiatus from playing.

Smith said he was confident the A-grade team would take Dalby close to the wire tomorrow.

“We're starting to get a bit of depth, which is encouraging. It looks like we'll be running at full strength this weekend,” he said. “Dalby are mid-pack and they put it to us in the first round but I think we have turned around our season since then.

“I think we'll put in a strong performance. We'll certainly give Dalby a good run.

“We're not going in over-confident. If we can get people to training and the combinations start to work in this round, we'll get a roll on and I think we'll start to get a few wins.

“As a playing group, we'll really strive to start afresh and work with what we've got.”

Smith said the Rats would field a red-hot forward pack, bolstered by the arrival of giant Fijians Lekima Drole and Joapie Turukawa, who played against Roma on Saturday.

Action will kick off tomorrow at Risdon Oval, Warwick, with the juniors playing from 9am to 1.30pm, before the 2pm senior game.

Warwick under 12s will play Dalby from 12.30pm as a curtain-raiser to the senior game.

Admission to the senior game is $6.



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