14 Apr All wins showing grit
Queanbeyan won all round two games against University-Norths Owls with fourths winning 14-10 ,thirds 36-12, colts 21-17,reserves 38-14 and firsts 24-15.
No Whites team has been beaten after two rounds but there are some dark clouds with several serious injuries taking the shine out of the performances.
First grade was far from convincing with Owls staying in touch throughout the match. At the break it was 14-12 then it was 14-15 before the margin moved to nine points and safety.
The scrum was dominated with the pairing of Carl Elliott at prop and Dan Penca at hooker not functioning. It was the one area which kept Uni in the game as they built on scrum penalties. However, there were many good performances with captain Ryan Jones tireless, centre Keith Morgan at his best and partner Billy Chalker enjoying the space created by five eighth Will Goddard. The back line combination is a treat.
Chalker scored the first try, OJ Noa the second and winger Jamie Marmont the third. Goddard’s kicking did the rest. The downside of the game was an eye socket injury to winger Petau Lefau. Lefau has added real pace and style to the side and will be sorely missed.
The reserve grade had Sokai Tai running a muck scoring three tries in a gallop. The Owls were in the game after half Ben O’ Halloran earned a yellow card. At full strength in the second period the side turned it on with Tai on a feeding frenzy.
Colts had another struggle with the under 20’s proving to be a tough week in week out proposition. Five eighth Brad Winchester’s kicking game was vital in the extreme wind conditions. His cross-kick for a flying Kyle Hanns to score was classy. Player of the day Lewis Powley took up the challenge when brother Jake suffered a serious knee injury. Another to stand out was Pat Byrnes playing in the centres. He is the Mr. Fix It man with his utility value.
Thirds worked away for another good score centre Eirene Apineru scoring three tries out of the six. Fly half Fraser Kemp has settled well into the role and with Nathan Smith and Apineru outside him has plenty to work with. No 8 Daniel Naef was good and new scrum half Tristan Ferris provides clean service.
Fourths did their best to throw the game failing to use the wind to advantage in the second half. Thank goodness for Michael Gordon who was outstanding. It was good to seen Reuben House, Jeremy “Slipper” Taylor and Tangi Maine back playing.
Next week the Whites meet Wests at Jamison.