20 Mar Good enough
Written on the wall of Manchester United’s dressing room is the famous quote from Sir Matt Busby, “if you are good enough you are old enough”
Four Colts proved the adage when they made their run-on debuts in the trial against Vikings with fullback Josh Wells, flanker Lewis Bozzato, winger Ben Darmody and prop Ben Gordon all now in the mix for a more permanent position in the top side.
Gordon’s performance was outstanding. Fresh out of school, the fresh-faced forward faced a seasoned front row and he did not flinch. He even managed to run down speedster Jake Knight in cover defence.
Five eighth Dan Matthews and half Dan Hawke were clinical in execution mixing up the options. Matthews has probably won the starting pivot position.
With OJ Noa and Sokai Tai on deck the forwards more than matched the home eight. New lock Ben Leper looks the goods to replace Tai Valeni who is on sabbatical.
Second grade was a mixed performance with long periods of attack and hard defence and then periods of pain. They will be a dynamic side with fitness and flair. With Zac Tarrant, Ryan Jones, Tom G. Darmody, and David Kerr will provide the experience. Lock Josh Townsend is in fine form and there are plenty of others looking for a run.
Grumps Debenham was sighted with a smile after watching his colts dish it up. Talent is oozing out of the side from No 8 Levi Shaw to the muscle of Toni and Ivan Fifita and then the likes of Aiden Agnew, Jake Powley, Fraser Smith and Steve Hardie showing the magic.
Thirds and fourths combined for the early game with a couple of newbies adding depth. Fullback Michael Edwards, half Reuben House, wing Braeden Reid and forwards Jason Waring and Hebron Alesi all have size and skill.
The Whites will play Royals and Hall on April 2 at Phillip District in the first round of the competition.