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For the third week in a row the Whites feature in the match of the round this time against Tuggeranong.
The last time the sides met back in round 5 is best forgotten with Queanbeyan dusted. The Whites have good form beating Gungahlin and then Uni Norths while Tuggers are coming off an easy win over Easts but having only dropped one game this season to Royals.
The battle for third and fourth spots is likely to come down to bonus points. The Whites sit third on 33 points, Wests are on 31 and Gungahlin 29. Given that Gungahlin plays Easts on Saturday the Eagles will probably pick up a win and a bonus point for four tries or more, Wests will have their hands full with the Owls and the Whites can get a break on the ladder if they can stop the visitors on Old Boys Day.
The team remains unchanged except for a forced replacement with centre David Kerr in ga-ga land and his landlord Billy Chalker taking his spot.
Fullback Danny Matthews was named Lime Man of the Match for his all-round performance last Saturday. His kicking has been spot on and his general play faultless.
The Whites’ forwards are really stepping up and giving the backs room to move. Certainly, with Soaki Tai in the side there is always hope.
All the other grades face uphill battles as well with the red and whites on top of the ladders or near enough to it. Second grade will be looking for a reversal in recent form, colts have come along in leaps and bounds, thirds and fourths remain very competitive.
The good news is that injured players are starting to return with Pat Lonergan, Ryan Jones, Zac Tarrant and Jake Gordon all looking getting back on the grass.