It was a mixed day of results against a mixture of team in round 6 of the John I. Dent Cup. First grade beat Easts 29-20 to take hold of the Bob Hitchcock Territory Shield for the home game against Royals, reserves stormed home 48-0, colts had a shock loss 5-6 to Easts and thirds lost to Hall 25-39 while fourths won 34-0 at Hall.
First grade came from behind to score 19 unanswered points in the second half at Griffith Oval. An injury to gun five eighth Will Goddard meant a re-shuffle with Tom Ruediger taking to the field at fullback in his first first grade game with the Whites.
The former Blues and Wests rugby player set the Whites up for the win with his decisive running.
Flanker Lewis Bozzato proved a point in his selection to first grade after outstanding form in reserve grade. He was faultless and fearless. OJ Noa continued to stamp his mark on the competition and is at his Macdougall Medal best.
Thirds had no answer to the Hall forward pack with a few key personnel missing particularly up front. The dream backline featuring Jake Holland, Eirene Apineru, Angus Balmaks and Ben Pattenden never had enough ball to do much.
The Whites did get to 25-24 before the Bushrangers re-loaded their pistols and charged home.
Thanks go to the Colts who made the mad rush from Griffith with Kyle Priest one of the best with Nathan Exton and Pattenden.
Fourths welcomed the return of Tim Macnamara after a stint in a seminary. He is older and slower but he is good. Leading 17-0 at half time they doubled it to 34 before the final whistle.
Hooker Bobby Waters was on song, Braeden Reid all over the park and Luke Cochrane at his best.
Reserve grade added seven more tries to their season tally including doubles to wingers Jeremy Taylor and Anthony Bozzato. The best news though was the form of fullback Tom Ruediger. He went on to sub in first grade and may stay there. Half Josh White returned from a stint in first grade and again showed that he is class. The work horse Josh “Pocock” Townsend is another who is a first grader but without a spot is dominating reserve grade.
Nothing much can be said about the Colts’ performance except that captain Matt Taylor was having a go, No 8 Wyll Holland and Jackson Stuart were also triers in an affair to forget.