08 May Campese classic
With Easts struggling to survive this story from 2018 should show them what is possible-
At the low point Queanbeyan was down 17-43 well into the second half and then produced the high points with five tries in just over 15 minutes with the last try to replacement half Josh White on the whistle.
Fifteen tries were scored in a classic match between Easts and the Whites at Campese Oval which ended in 46-all draw and the Whites retain the Peter Morton Shield.
Thirds won 19-14 against Young, colts avenged their first-round loss to Easts winning 57-0 and reserves won comfortably 29-12.
The reaction of the first graders told the story with the Easts’ players totally gutted while the Whites were whooping it up.
The visitors lost their number 6, Rowland Mateyawa, with a red card and Queanbeyan had hooker Carl Elliott and flanker Ryan Jones taking a 10-minute breather. The red card had Easts a tired side holding on.
It was the quality of Queanbeyan’s substitutes that took the team up a step with White proving to be the key in the revival. The back row of Soakai Tai, Dan Penca and Jones was outstanding. Penca really came to the fore in the second stanza with his trademark bullets at the line.
Lock OJ Noa scored twice and winger James Marmont added two to take his season’s tally to 10.
The Whites were without Keith Morgan, Tom Ruediger and Ben Gordon with Lani Tiatia, Riley Ahern and Jordan Cremerius standing up.
Reserve grade took time to exert their authority on the game and it was built around the pace of Anthony Bozzato, Ben Pattenden and Jeremy Taylor. Best was lock Josh Townsend who is a work horse allowing the likes of Cameron Stanley to steal the limelight. White at five eighth controlled the game.
Colts scored some of their long-range gems with slick hands and pace. Lock Becs Seeto was unstoppable and fullback Jackson Stuart superb.
Five eighth Ben O’Halloran did not put a foot wrong and his combination with half Lewis Powley gave the side the sizzle. Nine tries were scored with O’Halloran converting six.
Thirds were down 0-14 with some blaming the first half referee as they turned after bananas and put on 19-point under a different whistle blower. The usual suspects led the comeback with Luke Cochrane full of running. Forwards Ash Crvic and Dan Vrikic were the main stays.