27 May Grade A
The Whites scored on “A” for their performance against Gungahlin winning 31-28. Playing with 14 men for nearly all of the second half the Whites were out on their feet but standing tall at full time.
Colts won 31-17 and reserves 32-24 to make it a good day out at sunny Nicholls. Thirds and fourths had a bye.
Firsts led 18-14 at the break and when flanker Lewis Bozzato was red-carded for a lifting tackle it was going to be tough. Tough it was, Gungahlin was quick to take advantage and went to 18-21 before Will Goddard, playing at centre, kicked two penalties. He contributed 21 points with a try, penalties and conversions.
After one golden opportunity was missed, go to man JR Morgan, hit straight and following was Jamie Marmont to pick up and push over for the try.
At 31-21, Eagles No 8 and the nemesis of the Whites, Rocky Ilolhio, playing his 100th game scored his third try to put the home side in reach 31-28. Finger chewing time with Zac Tarrant playing Mr. Cool and kicking long and his side’s defence holding. The remaining seven forwards stood up with Sokai Tai, Dan Penca and OJ Noa showing the way. The younger brigade of Neori Nadruku, Ben Gordon and Fred Kaihea followed.
Captain Ryan Jones on one leg dominated the lineout and leading across the paddock.
Contribution from the backline also came from the seven of them. From Riley Ahern at fullback to Mitch Douch at half, none could be faulted.
Colts started the day with four tries in the first half. Fullback Jackson Stuart scored the first and shocked the Eagles as their spirit fell away.
The on and off switch was working with periods of slick passages followed by mistakeathons.
Captain Wyll Holland added stability in the backline and a more direct attacking route. Flanker Kane Kilmister has benefited from a couple of reserve grade games and his return to colts was impressive.
Plenty of damage was done by locks Becks Seeto and Lance Federow and five eighth Brad Winchester was crisp.
Reserves were struggling a 11-12 at bananas but this side never says never. Prop Sam Bartholomeusz rolled up his sleeves and went for it from start to finish. Lock Josh Townsend must be doing sprint training as he found plenty of yards and daylight ahead of him.
The backline base of Nathan Smith, Billy Chalker and Jake Holland was not too bad either.