19 May Blue blue day
Saturday was a blue day in many ways. The Royal blues put on a master class performance against the Whites running the ball from here there and everywhere. Still scoring in the last minutes to win 56-24 at Phillip.
To add to the club’s misery, the colts fell at the bell 29-26 and the reserves suffered 54-12.
First grade was a case of kids in the kitchen up against experienced chefs. The Royals trio of half Pedro Rolando, five eighth Craig McMahon and winger Ben Johnston have done it all and continue to do it. Their side plays a delightful style of moving the ball quickly, running support and enjoying the moment.
Not only were the Whites soundly beaten there were more injuries to contend with. Stand-in captain Lewis Bozzato went off in the first half and No. 8 Carl Elliot in the last minutes with a head wound.
Queanbeyan played well in patches. The effort is made but so are the mistakes and errors. Royals were particularly sharp on any turnover.
Flanker Michael Gordon was the pick of the side with Keith Morgan at his bustling best.
The good news is the arrival from Yorkshire Carnegie Rugby of lock Kieran Frost. Fresh off the plane the tall athletic second rower looked at home in first grade.
Reserve grade just do not have the fire power to compete. Missing players such as Daniel Naef and Rowland Mateyawa did not help. The fossil, Tom G. Darmody, had to go from colts’ water runner to number eight in about a minute. They have a real go and again lack the experience and execution. Luckily, they have Steven Prail at five eighth, Benny O’Halloran at half and the hard-working prop Sam Bartholomeusz.
The Royals’ colts looked like losing their undefeated start to the season with the Whites leading 26-22 with minutes on the clock. The lead was built on the strength of the front row and the inspiration of centre Wyll Holland. Holland moved to the mid-field to cover for the injured Haloti Fonua.
Prop Daniel Vrkic, hooker Caleb Bower and prop Kyle Priest are unfashionable footballers and not in the bling status of dating site favourite Vinnie, but they are work horses.