FIGHTING HARD: Joshua Rathgeber races for the ball in the Rats’ round five clash against Saints. The Rats play the Warrack Eagles. Picture: PETER PICKERING
ARARAT coach David Hosking says his side hasn’tgiven up onits Wimmera Football League season, despite the Ratsremaining winless after five rounds.
The Rats have also endured a horror run with injuries, which has continued over the past fortnight.
Peter Thompson missed last weekend’s 46-point loss toHorsham Saints due toosteitis pubis, while James Stapleton sat outwith an achilles injury.
James Hosking ruptured hisanterior cruciate ligament against Stawell the week before andJacob Bates ismissingwith a fractured hand.
Ruckman Andrew Pickles was a late omission from the Saints matchlast week with the flu, although it is expected he will return for Saturday’sclash with Warrack Eagles at Anzac Park.
“We’ve been smashed with injuries,” Hosking said this week.
“But we’ve got to remain positive and go into games with positive intent.”
The Rats head into the round six match at Anzac Park confident of securing their first win for 2016.
“I think it is a winnable game,” Hosking said.
Warrack Eagles also have a point to prove after falling to Horsham by 30 points last weekend. Ryan McKenzie,Harry Trezise andMatthew Rix will be out to continue their solid form for the sixth-placed side.
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