30 Jul One up one to go again
The score line was 22-23 with five to go and that was a fair indication of the game before the Valley men scored in the last minute to take it to the eight- point margin.
Queanbeyan made too many errors to dominate and were on the back foot especially as the tight calls went against them. Despite playing with 14 after OJ Noa was binned and the incredible number of handling errors the side was only down 5-10 at half time.
It should have been a blowout except for the work of Sokai Tai and a very steady Brendan Spears. Sok scored a try and was instrumental in the forwards go forward. Spears had to field the high balls looking into the sun and facing repeated attacks down his side of the field.
Spears scored a try and kicked a penalty and three conversions is his all-round performance.
Tuggeranong just kept getting territory on the back of penalties. The red and whites are the masters in loitering off-side around the break down and get away with it.
Props Les Makin and Chris Barbaro worked hard as the pack dominated.
While the Whites forwards matched their fancy pants counterparts the backline was more crab like than straight and that was easily defended. Brumby Andrew Smith will have to come into the starting lineup alongside Robbie Coleman and JR Morgan to give the team more fire power in attack.
Second grade flanker Cameron Stanley stole the show in reserve grade. His steals at the break down were Pocock like on the back of No 8 Tom G. Darmody’s and fellow flanker Ben Boyton’s work load.
Five eighth Danny Matthews had a smart kicking game in general play and kicked three penalties and two conversions to add to his performance.
The pack’s dominance earnt a penalty try after the Valley folded and that essentially was the difference.
The back row can take a bow and captain Dan Hawke some credit for his game management and decision making.
On Sunday fourths at 10.25, colts at 11.50 and thirds at 12.10 face the sudden death semi-finals. Another big crowd of supporters is expected.