30 Apr Danger Douch
Brumby flanker Michael Wells was exceptional, No 8 OJ Noa is the go to man and half Mitch Douch is the dangerous one. Douch’s player of the day performance led Queanbeyan to a 29-24 win over the previously undefeated Tuggeranong at Erindale.
Seconds lost 17-19 in bizzare circumstances, the improving colts went down 19-24, thirds won 33-17 and fourths lost 0-33.
Wells’ defensive play coupled with Noa’s aggressive go- forward kept the home side in check. Douch’s contribution was a dart there and a dart there. He contributed 14 point with a try, three conversions and a penalty. He heavily influenced the game with his general play.
As usual it was a rousing game of rugby with the Whites 19-12 in front at the break before Tuggers scored of one of the many inept kicks from the Whites. Flanker Wells scored, Douch converted and the Whited had a 26-17 lead with 18 minutes to go.
The large contingent of Queanbeyan supporters had to survive two sin-bins before Douch kicked a penalty to get the side home.
Prop Chris Barbaro, playing his 100th first grade game, and his front row, Carl Elliot and Neori Nadruku, proved more than the equal of the opposition and it was good to see a nearly injury free Nadruku dominating. Barbaro had a few pit stops at the late end of the game to catch his breath and think about dinner.
Queanbeyan had attack options with Josh Wells on one wing and the left side combination of Lani Tiatia and Nela Moa.