31 May All heart
Despite losing 24-29 to the Valley the Whites clearly won the crowd, a local team with heart, matching the NRC side.
The Reds show little respect for the local competition by starting the day with a current NRC player in fourth grade.
Given the visitors all their high fives and jive it was the Whites who showed the ticker. Down at the break 5-22, down to 13 men at one stage and without inspirational skipper Dan Penca the home side could have won after being held up over the line in the last five minutes.
Again it was Sokai Tai and Tai Valeni doing the big things with players like Neori Nadruku, Chris Barbaro and Billy Chalker doing the little things that matter as much. Centre Keith Morgan proved his talent both in attack and his shut-down of the Brumby opposition.
It was not one of Queanbeyan’s better days with the fourths going down 14-47, thirds 17-37, colts 0-37 and seconds maintaining their unbeaten run 12-10.
Coach Sam French’s no-name reserves led 12-10 at the break and that is the way it stayed. Flanker Cameron Stanley scored both tries and again proved he is the club’s best try thief. His flanker team mate Jake Holland again pretended he was a missile shaking plenty of ribs in an inspirational performance. The move of Zac Tarrant to five eighth has re-invigorated his game and given the team a distinct edge.
Thirds were well served by team of the decade hooker Pup, the dash man Luke Cochrane and the leadership of Dan Hawke. Colts would be well-pleased with the their second half conceding only one try while fourths scored only try in each half and outplayed. Lock Joshua Pearce, half Tom Luic and old Boots were amongst the best.
There are no games next weekend due to the long weekend. Queanbeyan play Uni-Norths at Uni on June 13th, then Easts, Gungahlin before fronting Valley again.