Royals defeated Queanbeyan 31-24 at Campese Oval which was more of a win for the Whites. The unheralded home side just stuck it to the undefeated leaders and came away knowing they are a chance.
Where Royals have averaged a differential of 35 points with three or more Brumbies playing week in and week out, head coach Adam Fahey has turned out a side that was in the hunt.
Fahey has had to deal with a long list of injuries and has had to rely on a few old heads and plenty of young ones to get through the season.
The day’s results also reflect on the players and their coaches. Seconds after a slump bounced back to defeat the equal comp leaders 32-31, colts went on a rampage and won 70-10, thirds drew 12-all and fourths got the day off with a 41-7 win.
And as everyone knows the Daniel Hawke coached ACT Schoolboys defeated Queensland 30-11 to win the national championships for the first time in 29 years.
Down 6-8 at the break a fresh Fred Kahea led the charge for the ACT and his colts’ team mate Pecau Lefau made plenty of inroads into the Reds.
There is plenty being said about the lack of ACT representation in the Australian Schoolboys. The ACT went through the competition undefeated knocking off Queensland 1, NSW 2 and Western Australia to qualify but only managed two selections in the national side.
Hooker Lachlan Lonergan and halfback Seamus Smith were named for the Australian schoolboys while Will Goddard, Brendan Jimenez, Lachlan Osborne and Tom Iles were named in the Barbarians team.
Both teams will feature in a September series against New Zealand and Fiji where the ACT’s new super boot Goddard hopes to launch his Wallabies dream.