10 Aug Colts bolt
The Whites’ colts bolted to a 33-0 lead by half time against a Gungahlin and went on to win 40-26 to make the grand final for the third year in a row. Reserve grade could not match a talented Eagles side and went out 20-51 after a season finish still to be proud of.
Colts will join fourths in next week’s main dance with the fourths playing Wests and colts meeting Royals. Wests beat Tuggers on the bell 20-19.
Ben McGee’s Eagles had a shocker start to the game with a player red-carded for a lifting tackle and then a yellow card to allow the Whites to bolt. A Davea Teoteo try, a penalty try and then an intercept and well-worked kick saw the score jump to 21-0. Then Zeph Tuinona scored to hit the 33-0 mark.
In the second half the Eagles found their rhythm with possession and penalties giving them a comeback. The Whites only scored once in the second period while Gungahlin scored four.
That may be of some concern to the coaching staff but it will give the team a focus this week in maintaining pressure.
Reserve grade faced a side which included No 8 Simon Anau, Daniel Garner, Mitch Connelly and Jamie Kotz. They are all experienced first graders and the difference with the relatively untried Whites was soon evident.
The warhorses, Neori Nadruku and Daniel Naef, never stopped. Lock Lachlan Wall has come a long way this year and he was willing.
Coach Dave Carter has done a great job in moulding the side together after a shaky start to 2019.