04 Aug One up and two to go
Fourths advance to the preliminary final against Tuggeranong after accounting for ADFA 62-14. It was a completely dominate display with No. 8 Tim MacNamara, centre Tom G. Darmody and five eighth Daniel Hawke putting on a master class.
Darmody and MacNamara each scored a double as did Dom “Capper” Finau. Seventy metre tries are not his go.
With the oldies enjoying the sun, the youngsters did the hard work with props Dan Vrkic , Mika Eli and Francis Soakai Tai heavily involved. Throw in the speedsters like Luke Cochrane, Jordan Read and Kyle Hanns and it is pretty fair side.
The Whites’ reserve grade advanced straight to the grand final after defeating Tuggeranong 28-27 with the colts losing 15-22 and moving to the preliminary final and fourths play on Sunday (9.50am) to determine their fate.
Reserves held a 17-8 lead at the break with Tuggers only scoring an intercept try in the first period and a penalty. A well-constructed try to Jake Holland and another by Riley Ahern gave the Whites a clear edge. Ahern converted both and slotted a penalty to add cream to his fine first half.
There were plenty putting in with back rower Lewis Bozzato unstoppable, lock Josh Townsend whacking in defence and the ever-present Cameron Stanley always penetrating.
The Brisbane based side came back into the contest with the red and white five eighth setting his side up for a couple of comeback tries with a 20-all score line with 15 to go. Down 23-27 and the clock finished the Whites received a penalty, the Tuggers captain went to the bin and the scrum was set five metres. Despite hitting the post in the forward drive the Whites managed to get the ball down and win.
Lani looking for oxygen
Prop Sam Batholomeusz was outstanding, centre Lani Tiatia impressive and the substitutes Ben Gordon and Ryan Jones heavily involved.
Colts lost captain Matt Taylor with a head knock and half Ben O’Halloran to the bin in the first period with the home side leading 5-15 at bananas. The Whites had to defend for ling periods with flanker Noa Nadruku , Ben Gordon and Wyll Holland doing plenty.
An individual effort by winger Petau Lefau put the side back in the race then Tuggers scored quickly to take it to 10-22 and time running out. Substitute half Lewis Powley finished the day with a sneak try near the line.
There was plenty of effort and the big men, Becs Seeto and Fred Kaihea, led the way. The backline had few opportunities but showed that when they get the ball they are more than capable