“If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.”-OJ Noa has been found not guilty of a shoulder charge after being red carded late in the game against Wests. The judicial committee found that there was an accidental clash of heads and the tackle was not a “shoulder charging tackle”.
OJ was the man-of-the match against the Lions and back to his Macdougall Medal winning form. There is no doubt having Sokai Tai next to him helps with the work load and the stress on the opposition’s defence.
This week’s home games against Tuggeranong will test the Whites depth as there are countless injuries throughout the grades. The Vikings do not appear to be so strong in first division (thirds and fourths) but sit on top in reserve grade but have had a few hiccups in first grade with a draw and a loss.
Both sides will be missing key players that are away with the Wallaby Under 20’s with Isaiah Latu, Justin Sikimeti and Fred Kaihea up north. Kaihea was a late call-up to the camp after his performances in first grade this season. A great contribution from the club.
Also enjoying the sun is colts’ coach Dan Hawke who is running the water as an emerging coach.
Queanbeyan’s biggest hurdle is to reduce errors and keep winning the set pieces. The lineout was shaky towards the end of the game last week and although the scrum dominated it was the inclusion of Brumby Les Leulua’ iali’ i-makin who anchored and he may not be there this week.