PASS: Jared Fearby passes for Warwick Water Rats against Toowoomba Bears in a rugby match in Toowoomba
PASS: Jared Fearby passes for Warwick Water Rats against Toowoomba Bears in a rugby match in Toowoomba Kevin Farmer

Rats aim for flag in Darling Downs rugby season

RUGBY UNION: Warwick has moved up to third place on the Darling Downs Rugby Union B-grade table.

Team manager Scott Stevens said his side received one competition point for losing by seven points or less in going down 34-29 to Condamine at the Fish Tank last Saturday.

"The boys are going fantastic, really good,” Stevens said.

"Our scrums and rucks are a feature of our play.”

Stevens has managed the B-grade side for the past six weeks after moving from Goondiwindi to Warwick three months ago.

"I played two years in the Christchurch area of New Zealand before I played six seasons for the Goondiwindi Emus,” he said.

A flanker and second rower, Stevens has plenty of experience with the line-outs and ruck play.

A level 1 coach, Stevens is coaching in the 15-man game for the first time.

This week, the Water Rats have the bye and play their next game against Toowoomba Rangers at Gatton on July 28.

Warwick has another bye during the last round of fixtures in early August.

The top-five will qualify for the finals.

Stevens said the team was aiming to finish third and get two chances in the finals series.

"The boys trained well on Tuesday night and will train again Thursday,” he said.

"We may have a game between ourselves on Saturday at Risdon Oval as we can't get everyone to training during the week as some work night shift.”

The Warwick forwards are led well in the tight by hooker Anthony Savovski.

"Harry Marshall started the season on the side of the scrum but is now at loose head prop,” Stevens said.

"He had a great game at home when we beat St George two weeks ago after dominating in the forwards.”

Team captain Steve Barry plays in the back row.

"Jared Fearby has played in the back row and in the centres this season,” Stevens said.

"I believe he is more suited in the backs as he has plenty of speed.”

As for a Darling Downs B-grade premiership win, Stevens said the club had the team to win the premiership.

"The boys are really committed, I am very happy with our team,” he said.

Warwick women will also play a round robin in sevens at Gatton on July 28.



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