A ruck close to the Warwick line in the Water Rats 20-19 loss to Roma.
A ruck close to the Warwick line in the Water Rats 20-19 loss to Roma.

Roma beat Water Rats in tight game

LEKIMA Drole scored a try in his last game on Australian soil as the Warwick Water Rats went down 20-19 to Roma in the Darling Downs Rugby Union A-grade game at Risdon Oval on Saturday.

Warwick coach Ryan Smith was disappointed the referee called the game off seven minutes early after a scuffle between players from both sides.

Chris McMahon, Matt Wheatley and Drole scored tries for Warwick and Smith landed two goals. Warwick led 12-10 at half-time.

“I couldn't fault any of our 22 players,” Smith said.

“It has been a big turnaround and gives us hope for next season.

“I want to keep all our current players on the roster and will be looking to bring others into the squad.”

Drole hails from Fiji and played for Queensland Country for one season while playing for the Water Rats from 1998 to 2002.

At 44, he returned to play for the Water Rats.

“I may return one day but not as a player,” Drole said.

Smith praised his front row of Tas Robinson, Joape Turukawa and Craig Pettiford.


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