Queanbeyan’s second and third grades saved the day for the Whites winning 36-14 and 29-26 with first grade suffering one of their biggest defeats in many years 15-59, colts losing 14-34 and fourths folding to 14-43 against the professional Tuggeranong.
In firsts, the home side led 8-19 at the break and added five more tries to embarrass the Whites. Centre William Chalker scored both tries with winger Angus Le Lievre kicking one penalty.
Fullback Mitch Douch kept on keeping on taking on the defence time and time again without any real thought about his body. Other bodies did not make it through the day with prop Neori Nadruku, OJ Noa and Keith Morgan all limping from the field.
Full credit to colt Fred Kaihea and then Sam Bartholomeusz who filled Nadruku’s prop position. Kaihea does not take a step backwards and when he finally succumbed to cramps Barty came on for his third game of the day. He played thirds and then seconds due to the late withdrawal of Brumby prop Les Leulua’ iali’ i-makin for family reasons.
Captain Dan Penca did all that was possible to lift his side.
Seconds were switched on with the Ben men the key to a great attack. Five eighth Ben Darmody played one of his best mixing up the options with runs, short and long passes and the occasional kick. His half colt Ben O’Halloran helped him out with crisp service. Not bad for a bloke who cannot crack the colts side.
It was a complete performance by the balanced side with centres Jake Holland and Toni Fifita the near-perfect combination of aggro and strong running. To win 36-14 against the star studded red-men the forwards must have been doing something right. With Carl Elliott adding the spice and Tom G. Darmody the leadership they were in charge. Please note Cameron Stanley scored a try.
Colts were in the game until half time with Tuggers actually showing signs of wilting. They were belted by Fred and Francis followed up by Harri and Eddie. Without set piece possession the Whites fell over in the second half.
The shining light was fullback Kyle Hanns who scored all the Queanbeyan points. He scored two tries and saved more. He deservedly had a cameo appearance in first grade and set up one of Chalker’s tries.
Thirds were the other success story with the scores fluctuating they sneaked home by three points. Flanker Damien Darmody, Ben Pattended and Tony Tarlinton were amongst the best.
Fourths started well and only trailed 14-21 before the home side ran off with four tries. Colts Levi Goodwin-Shaw and Ryan Morrison scored the meat pies.
Next Saturday, the Whites travel to Jamison with fourths at 9.40am, thirds at 11am, colts at 12.20, seconds at 1.40pm, an under 16 women’s game at 3pm and first grade at 3.15pm.