No shots costly

No shots costly

It was not the last shot for a conversion that cost the Whites but the refusal to take penalty shots earlier in the game that led to the loss against Royals 23-22.

Instead of taking relatively easy penalties the Whites gambled on scoring tries against a willing Royals’ defence. In what was always going to be a close game it proved the undoing of the Whites.

Fourths won 22-19, thirds 38-7, seconds 21-7 while the colts showed plenty of ticker in going down 31-8.

The first grade was a showcase for rugby with both sides going at it fairly and fiercely. In his return to first grade Maligi Finau scored 17 points and has created a headache for the selectors. Captain Dan Penca was again wearing his Superman suit. His busting runs and punishing tackles set the standard.

The Jerra Tavern must have closed ewarly on Friday night as prop Neori Nadruku was at his best. Unlike everyone else Nadruku does not realise his full potential. Hooker Carl Elliott was another to play to a standstill.

The composure and control of fullback Jamie Marmont was influential. Royals had three Brumbies on the field bolstering a good side that will cause trouble at the back end of the season.

Fourths had Pup and Boots to bring home the Grant Jones’ managed team.Half Tom Luic continues to impress. Thirds were well served by the three Dans. Dan Jancevski, Dan Hawke and Dan Naef were part of an entertaining performance where the speedsters Luke Cochrane, Sam McGlone and Zac Tarrant had countless opportunities.

Seconds look like a well-oiled Mazda 121. They go about their business with control and commitment Flanker Jake Holland, centres David Kerr and Doug Lancaster and lock Josh Townsend put in plenty.

Colts showed plenty of grit against the competition leaders. They held on for long periods and are starting to realise what is required to compete against the top sides. Best were Lewis Bozzato, Euan MacKillop and centre Adam Wise.

Queanbeyan has the bye next weekend.

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