16 Aug Premiership defences
Reserve grade and colts are seeking back to back premierships on Saturday with both sides facing Tuggeranong at Erindale.
The colts won in 2017 defeating Gungahlin 17-11 and seconds won the title with a 26-15 against the home side.
Key players from those premierships will be there with Benny Gordon, Isaiah Latu and Caleb Malisauskas all fit to go and repeat their efforts. The spine of reserve grade is also backing up with Josh White at five eighth, Jake Gordon, Lewis Bozzato and Jake Holland knowing how to get things done.
There is only change to the teams with Elijah Chadwick on the wing replacing injured Petau Lefau.
Fullback Riley Ahern will have a big influence on the game with his long-range kicking and goal shooting.
Field position and tactical kicking is the mantra with colts’ five eighth Brad Winchester capable of keeping the opposition guessing.
The most consistent footballer in the competition, Soakai Tai, again just missed winning the Macdougall Medal. Sok missed the last game against Royals and ended second on 10 points two points behind the joint winners Easts Jacob Abel and Eagle Jake Helgesen.
Last year the Whites back rower missed half a dozen games throughout the season including the last round game against Easts but still came second to Tom Cusack(Royals) and Bruce Kaino (Wests). It is an indication of his dominance in the John I. Dent Cup. Tai won the medal in 2008 and 2011.