The two teams go head-to-head for the ball.
The two teams go head-to-head for the ball. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Rats win on home turf

THE Condamine Sports Club Water Rats had a successful return to their home field on Saturday with a 41-5 win against the Chinchilla River Rats.

However the final score was not a reflection of the quality of the opposition and the effort required by the Rats to overcome a gallant, well-drilled visiting side to run away with the game late in the second half.

The Chinchilla side had a very skilful forward pack and scored early through them to lead 5-0 for most of the first half.

The Rats had a few opportunities however they went unanswered until late in the first half when a superb side-step and away by Fred Walker allowed the Rats to score and then convert. Warwick was happy to go to the sheds at half-time with a lead of 7-5.

At the break, coach Dave Young praised his side for their patience in defence.

"It is with the ball in hand and the use of the backline which would allow us to gain the ascendency," Young said.

With man of the match Tim Harslett, Sam Waugh and Neil McCosker leading the way in the forwards, halfback Rob Enright had plenty of clean ball to allow his backline time and space.

They rose to the challenge and scored some great tries - with the try to Jeremy Jerome one to be talked about for many seasons to come.

In his post match speech, Young congratulated the Chinchilla side for its effort to get to Warwick and for their stiff attack and defence. He also thanked Rob Hall for a great game as referee.

In reply, Charlie Osprey for the Chinchilla team congratulated the Warwick side and mentioned that their game plan was to keep the ball off the Warwick team. This, he said, had worked in the first half.

He mentioned that the Warwick backline was as good as any he had seen over the years and wished everyone well for the rest of the season.

On Saturday, Warwick plays USQ Saints in C-grade in Toowoomba. Saints will play St George in the A-grade game.



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