The Whites went down to Wests 30-10, Royals were beaten by Gungahlin and Tuggeranong beaten by Uni-Norths in round 11. Each game from here on in is up for grabs with no win assured.
Queanbeyan’s other grades fared better with fourths winning 34-22, thirds 40-24, colts 67-7 and seconds 39-5.
First grade had the possession, the territory and a fair share of penalties to match Wests but like other games this season have a penetration problem.
Once the side gets to the 22-attack line there is a barrier to beat with no clear strategy to score. Moving the ball from side to side is never enough. Just before half time the Whites had a long period with Wests scrambling. A converted try would have taken the score line to 12-19 and a downhill run in the second half. It was not to be with Wests remaining out in the cold during the break and then applying the heat to build their score line at every excursion into the attack zone.
For goodness sake, even Miles Finau scored a try.
Reserve grade scored six tries, colts 11, thirds six and fourths five so the doctor has fixed any problems in the other grades.
Cameron Stanley had one of his day’s out in seconds running amok scoring one of his long-range specials and putting everyone on the front foot. The versatile Tim Woods led the forward force and the unfashionable yet loveable Tom Newcombe won the crowd. Winger Anthony Bozzato scored two in another fine game.
Wyll Holland and Puni Aupuni scored three tries apiece in a master exhibition of running rugby. The slick passing and pace of the game was too much for a spirited Wests. Stand out five eighth Brad Winchester scored two and kicked five conversions for a 20-point haul. Prop Daniel Vrkic was in the mix and James Waters enjoyed his time in the sun. Welcome back Caleb who completed the game at centre.
Thirds ignored the wind chill on the bottom field and kept running in a try every now and then to keep warm. Michael Edwards kicked five conversions, boom centre Tony Tarlinton scored three tries and Tyrone Dargue was the best.
Fourths kept at it with a mixed side of colts and the veteran Luke Cochrane. With Ben O’Halloran providing the service some of the speedsters like Jordan Read had room to move.