30 Jul Colts step up
Four colts started first grade against Easts, on debut Petau Lefau, five eighth Liam Moseley, prop Ben Gordon and at No 8 Justin Sikimeti. Another two were added during the game lock, Harri Dahl and five eighth Brad Winchester. It was a look into the future.
Firsts won 36-12, seconds 50-0, colts 38-19, fourths 40-10 while thirds went down to a hot ADFA 19-31.
Big Ben stole the first half with two tries, Lewis Bozzato one and another forward Toby Wilson getting the fourth before bananas.
Wilson was rested joining Danny Matthews, Soakai Tai, Dan Penca and Carl Wilson in the rest and recovery ward. For the Whites prop Tonga Tangitau was strong throughout and Sikimeti showed his undoubted talent.
The mature Jamie Marmont was the pick of the day just getting things done and tidying up things that were not done so well. Lefau scored in his first game and Winchester also added points with a conversion.
With thirds and fourths at ADFA, the colts started the day at Griffith. Lock Levi Goodwin-Shaw scored a treble even though he was on one leg. His impact was huge. Centre Isaiah Latu, winger Jake Powley and the ever-improving Brad Winchester were the stars.
Winchester deserved his run in firsts and his skills have obviously been honed in the back yard stepping around an aging father Peter. Powley is playing out of position on the wing yet looks very comfortable and dangerous. Latu is a player who has a long term future in the top grade.
Also catching the eye was the barnstorming Francis Soakai-Tai. The big fellow can run.
Half Josh White was the driving force behind a comprehensive win in second grade. Eight tries were scored by eight different players in the rout. With such a team effort it was hard to pick the best with centres Keith Morgan and Zac Tarrant prominent, and forwards Dylan Jancesvski and Tim Woods heavily involved.