The equation: If Gungahlin beat University-Owls next Saturday and earn a bonus point then they will be equal with the Whites. It would then come down to the for and against. Qbn are minus 49, Eagles are -39. Two bonus points and the Eagles will be in and the Whites out.
Queanbeyan went down 24-28 to Royals with a fair judgement that the best team was beaten. A try in the opening minutes to Cameron Stanly was disallowed and that became the story of the day.
While the Whites dominated territory and the play, Royals to their credit, snapped up any opportunity to score long range tries. For the Whites the bonus points could be critical with two points. One for losing by less than seven and one for scoring four tries.
Fourths were on fire winning 67-10, thirds had more at Byron Bay than at home losing 10-28, colts stormed home 38-14 and seconds suffered their first lost of the season 17-22.
First grade lack efficiency and execution even when they have dominance of territory and the play. A miskick here and mistake there, here a mistake and another dropped ball always costs.
A downfall is the tendency for the short kick in attack which does not pay off except for the opposition with the likes of Muirhead, Johnson and Going gone.
Again, the second half the Whites camped in attack only to find a break out to break their hearts to be behind 7-22. Finally, the Whites rolled over to get to 12-22. Then lock Toby Wilson barged for 17-22 with prop Benny Gordon converting.
To finish Stanley was awarded a try and the Whites felt 24-28 was not due justice. Fullback Mitch Douch never stopped, flanker Ryan Jones played his heart out, Carl Elliott was in it and OJ Noa was at it.
Reserve grade had the opportunities even towards the end to win. The little things went astray including some very poor kicking. Flanker Daniel Naef had a blinder and lock Josh Townsend kept his good form. Colt Becks Seeto continues to build his reputation. Fullback Slippers Taylor never lets the team down in either defence or attack.
Colts had to put up with a barrage of cat-calls from the opposition supporters but that did not stop them building a healthy score line. Centres Pat Byrnes and Caleb Malisauskas kept coming and then when Elijah Chadwick gets the ball well say goodnight. Captain Matt Taylor was back and bruised and the return of Brad Winchester was most welcome.
Thirds suffered from festival goers gone. Health fanatic Zac Byrnes used his strength and stamina to score the team’s only try. A diet of ciggies and cans is the Byrnes way to go. Fourths on the other hand scored 11 tries in the sun. Reuben House, Luke Cochrane, Zac Ward and Brad Winchester all scored two.
Douch best in first grade
Prop Rhys Bamblett-Clarke started like a house on fire before succumbing to weight issues, Bobby James Trotter Waters was good and Zac Ward very good. It helped to have Brad Winchester, returning from rest, at five eighth. His silky skills are Larkham like. Yet no one can doubt the player of the day was Braeden Reid.