Up until Saturday, Queanbeyan had dropped only game in three rounds. In round four against Tuggeranong, Queanbeyan only won one game bringing the club back to earth.
First lost 10-29, reserves won 38-24, colts lost 22-28, thirds 29-31 and fourths 7-29.
Whites lacked patience in first grade whereas the Vikings maintained long periods of control while making few errors. It was a credit to the home side’s defence in allowing only two first half tries both coming from the awful kick.
Penalty after penalty built the Tuggers score to 29 with replacement prop Fred Kaihea scoring the Whites’ try late in the game.
The injury woes continued with hooker Carl Elliott forced off, centre Billy Chalker showing his dislocated and damaged finger to the crowd, replacement centre Zac Tarrant lasting a minute and replacement hooker Jake Gordon limping to the sideline to welcome his brother Ben back to first grade.
Reserve grade were down and nearly out at 7-24 conceding a couple of tries in quick succession. They made an incredible comeback on the back of flanker Lewis Bozzato, Levi Goodwin Shaw, Barty and Jordan Cremerius. The much under rated centre Toni Fifita was also inspirational.
Special mention to Nathan Exton who returned to the paddock for the first time this season and looked right at home. Colt Bec Seeto made an impact off the bench.
Colts let Tuggeranong skip to 0-22 before surging back to end 22-28. Thirds all but got there falling by one conversion to 29-31 with both sides scoring five tries in an entertainer.
Fourths looked a little lost with Tony Tarlinton in the centres or because tony was in the centres.
Next week thirds travel to Young while all others have a bye before facing the flavour of the month Easts.