Saul Whiley received Warwick Water Rats player of the year points in the loss to Bears.
Saul Whiley received Warwick Water Rats player of the year points in the loss to Bears. Samantha Bennett

Water Rats start strongly but Bears win the game

RUGBY UNION: After a hard-fought battle, the Rats went down to the Toowoomba Bears 54-19 for their first loss at home in 2016.

The Rats quickly struck back after the Bears scored the opener on the wing.

After using their structure and forward superiority in the scrums and lineouts against a weaker Bears pack, the Rats were the next to put points on the board.

After spending the majority of time in the Rats half in the final minutes of the first half, the Bears managed to come away with a try, equalling the score at 12-all going into the break.

In the second half, the Bears fielded a majority of their A-grade squad. It was too much for the Rats to hold off as the Bears ran away on the scoreboard.

The positive from the game is that the Rats managed to put as many points on the Bears as the other four teams to play them combined had scored this season.

The Rats continue to grow in strength with each passing game and would still like to invite all new and returning players to join the club with training on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm. There is a barbecue following training each Thursday.

Player points: 3 Brad Johnson, 2 Saul Whiley, 1 Will Dearden.

An all ladies day will be hosted in the Water Rats clubhouse on May 28 when Warwick hosts Goondiwindi in B grade.

It is a day when all women are encouraged to dress to the nines while enjoying champagne and nibbles for a $10 cover charge. The Rats have a bye this weekend.



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