Captain-coach Ryan Smith.
Captain-coach Ryan Smith.

Wounded rats back on field

RUGBY returns to the Southern Downs after a three-week break with the Water Rats hosting Toowoomba City Bears in an A-grade game at 3pm today at Risdon Oval.

The Water Rats haven’t played for three weeks, a period where they requested to just field a B-grade side due to a horror run of injuries.

With the Downs Rugby Limited senior sub-committee refusing the request, Warwick players had a choice to play A grade or put away their boots for the season. They opted to play A grade at a meeting on Tuesday night.

Of the 13 players out injured, captain-coach Ryan Smith (pictured) is one of five who will return for the game against Bears.

While Smith acknowledges it is a tough ask to just have the one team and be in A grade, he takes comfort from the fact his side only went down 20-0 in A grade last month to premiers Goondiwindi.

“Goondiwindi, then beat Bears who were at the top of the table,” Smith said.

“I am hoping we can get a couple of upsets in A grade.”

While Warwick will field only one team for the rest of the season, Smith hopes to increase team numbers next year.

With an under-17 team in the Darling Downs teenage competition, the Water Rats hope to field an U19 team in seniors in the not-too-distant future. Warwick has junior, teenage and veterans (Raging Rodents) teams this season in addition to the A-grade side.



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