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Rats coach analyses a two-point victory

Vlad Savovski, Anthony Savovski and Dean Cullen pack down in the Warwick Water Rats front row in a win against Dalby.
Vlad Savovski, Anthony Savovski and Dean Cullen pack down in the Warwick Water Rats front row in a win against Dalby. Samantha Bennett Photography

RUGBY UNION: The short passing game of the Warwick Water Rats pack has helped put the B-grade team equal fifth on the Darling Downs Rugby Union table.

Warwick led 12-5 at half-time against Dalby at Risdon Oval on Saturday after tries to loose head prop Dean Cullen and winger Adrian Paaka, and a conversion by Jacob Polzin.

The second half was a arm wrestle with Dalby scoring in the corner with six minutes to go. The conversion hit the crossbar and Warwick held on to win 12-10.

Flanker Jared Fearby, fullback Jacob Polkin and winger Adrian Paaka were the best for Warwick. Patrick Black was effective off the bench in the second row.

Warwick coach Vlad Savovski answers some questions on the game.

When did you feel Warwick got on top: We were on top early in the game after some great short passing among the forwards, which led to our first try by loose head prop Dean Cullen.

Did you hassle the Dalby pack: Yes, we disrupted their lineout with Ross Murray jumping at No.2. We pinched the ball from half of the Dalby lineout throws. The Rats pack won four scrums against the feed as well as driving them back on our scrum feeds.

Could your pack mix it with any in the A-grade competition: Our pack has as good a scrum, if not better, than any of the A-grade teams.

Let's get serious, when are you returning to A grade: The goal of the club is to field teams in A and B grades next year.

Have you made progress in the past month: Yes definitely. The new recruits have given us a boost and bolstered us in key positions but generally the players who have been there all year are getting to know their role in our team, which has made a great impact on our weekend performances.

Who is the best talker on the field: Centres Tom Winter and Josh Sharman help organise the team with their talk and push the boys around the park.

You are halfway through the season, name your best two: Ross Murray in the pack and centre Tom Winter.

What are the chances of Warwick men's and women's teams making it to grand final day: At the moment, both teams are building momentum towards the last eight weeks of the competition and we want to put our mark on Downs rugby.

Which teams are the greatest threats: Rangers will be a tough game this week in B-grade for the men and there are a few good teams in the women's grade.


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