Water Rats dig deep for Dalby clash

The team in Dalby on Saturday.

Dalby showed why the are one of the power-houses of the Darling Downs Rugby Union competition defeating the Warwick Water Rats 26-3 at Dalby on Saturday.

President Tess Cullen said despite the score-line it was a good hit out for the team who were able take it up to their more favoured competitors and a big change from their game against the same team two years ago.

“Dean (coach Dean Cullen) and I were reminiscing though that only two years ago we had to forfeit on the way out to Dalby which ended our season in 2022 as we had to withdraw from the competition,” she said.

“Ten people were able to get out to Dalby so we had to borrow some of their players and play a scratched together game.

“They took us as serious competitors on the weekend, taking penalty points where they could.”

Dean Cullen was full of praise for his team.

“The boys gave their all in a great hit-out against a very competitive Dalby and District Rugby Union Football Club side,” he said.

“Despite losing by only two tries, the Wheatmen were able to keep on the pressure through the boot due to some ill-discipline from the Rats.

“Standout performances this week from Jay Mitchell for running some strong lines from backplay and Ross Murray for his outstanding work in both scrums and lineouts.”

Player of the match for Round three was awarded to Michael Cahill for his relentless carries in attack and putting in a solid shift for the full 70 minutes scrummaging in the front row.

This weekend they take on Frillnecks St George Rugby Union Club at home.