The Whites won four from five at Jamison with fourths falling 19-39, thirds winning 67-20, colts 20-7, seconds 55-5 and first grade 23-13.
Wests dominated play and the scrums in the first half before captain Dan Penca’s side exerted some pressure in the second period. Down 5-8 at the break Queanbeyan was lucky not to be facing a sizeable gap.
To their credit they can defend and scramble and do work away despite their own mistakes and misfortunes.
It was the lineout work of Ryan Jones, his general play and leadership that kept the side in the game. His try and work was the difference.
Playing at the unfamiliar position of lock Sokai Tai added the quality touches and his partner Toby Wilson did the hard stuff. Penca is nearly back at his best.
The backs were a mixed bag with Jamie Marmont totally sound while the rest had good and bad. Half Mitch Douch was better than last week. Centers Zac Tarrant and Andrew Smith solid and the rest variable.
If you want to watch on song or “in shape” then watch the seconds. They are a team of bonded brothers who play with a minimum error rate and maximum conversion rate. Try sniffer Cameron Stanley scored four in a row and Tom G. Darmody grabbed two, Angus Balmaks converted four and Tom I. Darmody made a contribution by grabbing the tee and kicking a conversion.
Stanley won the steak and chips at the Hellenic while Tom G. and centre David Kerr have to settle for chops in Park Street.
Five eighth Josh Whites is now running onto the ball and running with the ball. He is now ready.
Interestingly Levi Goodwin-Shaw from colts looked comfortable in seconds at lock and that is where he will play first grade in the future.
Another Christine Kerr photo