27 May Royal beating
The Whites had no answer to a hot Royals being well beaten 17-42 at Phillip District. Seconds lost their second game of the season 12-29, colts won 35-22, thirds won 36-17 and fourths retired at the end of the innings 81-31.
Flanker OJ Noa led the firsts onto the paddock to mark his last game for the club as he heads off to Papatoetoe for the next part of his football career. It was the highlight of the team’s day as they went into the break 3-26.
Centre Keith Morgan limped off after a few minutes and with him went the attack. Two late tries to replacement flanker Justin Sikimeti were a face saver but hardly enough.
To their credit the side did work hard but against an opposition that just has talent across the park.
Fourths were the entertainers of the day running freely and to 52-7 at the break and adding 27 more before declaring. Braeden Reid scored three tries and Jarret Miller two with the other eight shared around. It was good to see Jake Powley back on the paddock.
Prop Josh Bell was outstanding for the full game with Reid and half Chris McRoberts.
Thirds have the back line from heaven with Rienhold Kamilo and Lani Tiatia in the centres backed up by Angus Balmaks and Ben Pettenden. Lock Zac Byrnes, Kamilo and Damien Darmody were amongst the best.
Colts had a battle on their hands and were hanging on at 26-22 for a long period before the dynamic Kyle Hanns crossed to give them breathing space at 33-22. A disciplined first half fell off to ill-discipline in the second and created the pressure.
Flanker Noa Kurimalawai was by far the pick of the day. His on-ball play is unmatched and his energy is energizing.
Seconds looked flat and played flat. They lacked their usual spark and no-nonsense defence. No 8 Tom Holland was in everything including the push and shoves. Winger Larry Manu keeps growing and deservedly had a run in first grade. He scored the two tries. Props Sam Bartholomeusz and Fred Kaihea held up with Barty best. Kaihea was on one leg yet would not retire.
Next Saturday the whites meet Gungahlin at Campese in games which must be won.