31 May Eagles have to be grounded
With three teams battling it out for third and fourth spots on the first grade ladder, the Whites have to step up and knock off Gungahlin at Campese Oval on Saturday. Royals and Tuggeranong are safe at the top while Wests and Gungahlin are just ahead of Queanbeyan on the table.
After a comprehensive loss to Royals last Saturday and only seven more rounds after this weekend, the side has to step up if they are to be any chance in the final series.
Still missing are centre Keith Morgan who is out again with injury, Mitch Douch and Sokai Tai are yet to return while last year’s Macdougall Medal winner OJ Noa has moved to New Zealand to further his career. Throw in Ryan Jones who is likely to be out for the season and the team is under-strength yet they did give their all in the loss to Royals.
With Neori Nadruku back up front the pack should be able to contain Gungahlin but it is the backs where the problems are apparent. A lack of attacking weapons is hurting with the only tries last weekend coming from a fresh flanker, Justin Sikimeti.
Five eighth Liam Moseley has a lot of pressure on him to keep the side moving forward. Half Josh White needs to mix up his game and run from the base and kick occasionally to keep the defence guessing.
Winger Larry Manu makes his debut after settling into the club and some recent good form.
Second grade looked flat against Royals and face another test this weekend with Queanbeyan second on 33 points ahead of Gungahlin fourth on 30. Fullback Riley Ahern returns to give the side some penetration and a genuine goal kicker and prop Ben Gordon should give the side the forward boost.
Colts face the undefeated Eagles yet the Whites have to be a chance after a few tough wins and a more settled starting 15. Fred is back at prop and he is a special. Throw in Harri Dahl and Levi Goodwin-Shaw and there is enough toughness to match the visitors.
Third grade face a side that is nine from nine while the Whites are seven wins and one loss. Fourths have both teams coming off four wins from the last four games.
The last time Queanbeyan met Gungahlin the Whites went away without a win. It could be the other way around this week.
There are no games on the long weekend and then in the next three games- Queanbeyan play Uni (away), Tuggers at home (Old Boys Day) and then Easts at Griffith.