For the second week in a row the Whites could not find a goal kicker even though they beat Royals 37-20 there was only on try converted. The seven tries to two should have been a blowout score and the problem will have to be fixed before the team heads into the final series.
Fourths won 21-7, thirds 47-26, colts lost 17-31 and seconds bolted away 55-15.
Flanker Ryan Jones was the man of the day in another full turbo charged 80 minutes of hit and stick in defence and gap running in attack. He was everywhere and in everything. Lock Sokai Tai was on a mission as well as he tore into his old team leaving many a body in his destruction.
Running down the hill at Phillip District the Whites scored four tries to lead 20-10 at half time. Royals played desperate football willing to chance themselves as they had to win to be secure in fourth spot. They ran it and pushed the game by good support play and toughness through the forwards.
However, Queanbeyan’s defence through the mid-field stood solid and Royals found themselves well behind the gain line and scrambling. Quick taps, quick lineouts and short balls helped them at times but also cost them territory and possession.
What the Whites have and it has proved a winning formula is strength off the bench. To be able to bring on Ben Leaper, Big Ben Bell ringer Gordon and little brother the door chime Jake, Josh Wells and Nela Moa are luxuries that few other clubs can boast.
Last week’s goal kicker Brendan Spears was rightfully sacked for this game, Lani Tiatia was tried and missed missed a penalty and four conversions. Robbie Coleman was up next and he missed three and a penalty but did kick one conversion. Perhaps the hidden talents of Neori Nadruku will see him barefoot and banging them over next Saturday.