The 2018 curse of hand injuries has struck again with both first grade inside backs, Mitch Douch and Will Goddard, suffering last Saturday. Goddard’s ligament damage will likely see him out for the rest of the season. A huge loss for the Whites. Douch will miss at least a few matches.
They join Carl Elliott, Billy Chalker and David Kerr with damaged pinkies this season.
The Whites never say die attitude against Gungahlin last week will be relied upon again on Saturday when they meet the competition favourites Tuggeranong at Campese without their strike weapons.
To add to the woes prop Fred Kaihea is out injured and flanker Ryan Jones finds himself in reserve grade. Jones has been forced into the second row in recent weeks and that is not his rightful position. With Sokai Tai, Dan Penca and OJ Noa holding down the backrow it has been a difficult decision. It will get harder when Justin Sikimeti and Lewis Bozzato are both available.
On the bright side is the form of Zac Tarrant at five eighth, Keith Morgan at centre, Jamie Marmont on one wing and Tom Ruediger on the other and the success of Riley Ahern at fullback.
Reserve grade is again depleted but the depth in the club allows good players like Angus Balmaks, Ben Pattenden and Jeremy Taylor exposure.
And Billy is back.