University-Norths students will be still smarting after Easts scored their first win for two years against the Owls last week.
With ex-Whites’ coaches Doc Doherty and Sam French in charge of the academics there will be a fired up reception at North Oval on Saturday.
Add to that a few injury issues for Queanbeyan and game is on. One of the best last week, prop Fred Kaihea, is out with Carl Elliott moving to the side with Dan Penca taking over the hooking role. Penca is no stranger to the position but he does find it dark and uninviting in there.
With Brumby Andrew Smith unavailable, Mitch Douch moves to fullback and Josh White comes in to half. Douch has an increasing preference for the 15 as it allows him plenty of space to use his outstanding pace. Whites was reserve grade’s best player last week.
The reserves have a new halves combination with colt Ben O’Halloran and Zac Tarrant teaming up. Tarrant returns from the sin bin and O’Halloran returns from a one game stint in the under 20’s. He was the regular half last season.
The colts have pulled one surprise with Elijah Chadwick slotting in on the wing. He is big. He is clever on his feet and he will give the students a fright.
The club is strong in thirds and fourths with an unexpected influx of new players and the return of a few older ones. Tim Mcnamara looks like fitting into some shorts and players like Nathan Smith and Eirene Apineru add to a strong mix.