Up against the competition leaders it was always going to be a tough match for the Bowral Blues.
Last time they faced Warragamba Wombats in the Group 6 second division competition, Bowral was beaten 50-0 and didn’t want to finish with a similar scoreline.
With some brave home fans cheering them on in very windy and chilly conditions at Loseby Park on Saturday afternoon, the Blues managed a better performance but still couldn’t finish with a win.
Warragamba pulled away in the second half to claim at 36-10 win.
Lachlan Dickson and Dean Smith both scored for Bowral with Todd Fairbairn slotting a conversion for Bowral.
The Blues were down on troops heading into the match and had just 14 men for the game.
Captain Mark Williams said there were several players carrying niggling injuries throughout the game and Bowral also lost Smith after he scored in the second half.
Despite a try early in the second half which closed the gap between the two sides, with just one player on the bench, Williams said Bowral ran out of legs towards the end of the match.
“We just didn’t really have any troops. We had one on the bench which told in the end,” he said.
Williams said he was impressed with the effort of all 14 players in Saturday’s match.
Bowral’s next match against the Narellan Jets will be a tough one.
Williams said Bowral will most likely play the Jets for firth spot on the ladder but expected to have a few players return for the match.
“We had a few guys playing out of position so for us to get guys back to where they normally play [will be good] and hopefully we can turn it back on,” he said.
The Blues will be on the road for the clash against Narellan and will face them up at Narellan on Saturday, August 18.
William said the focus heading into the match would be to improve their completion rate.
“As soon as we drop the ball and have to defend two or three sets in a row, that’s when we leak points. So we’ve got to get the completion rate up.”