10 May Shake up
First grade has been shaken up with Colt’s five eighth Liam Moseley moving into first grade, Danny Matthews moving to fullback, centre Billy Chalker replaced by his house mate David Kerr and Angus Le Lievre moving to the seconds.
Kerr and Isaiah Latu will not take any prisoners.
The forward pack is strengthened with the anticipated return of hooker Carl Elliott but there is uncertainty about whether or not the two Brumbies, Makin and Faingaa, will play.
The revamped backline faces Easts at Campese on Saturday with coach Adam Fahey showing a willingness to experiment. Certainly, the choice of Moseley is far from a gamble as he has been just superb in his games to date. He can kick long, goal kick and reads the play like a veteran. Matthews is unlucky as he has had solid games over the last couple of weeks.
Le Lievre is the second highest scorer in the first-grade competition and yet finds himself in the reserves. Fahey is probably looking for a much more attacking combination. Jamie Marmont moves to the wing and his experience and quality is such an influence on the side.
Flanker Cameron Stanley retains his spot after a near man-of-the-match performance against the Owls.
The club has struggled in the recent past with genuine five eighths. It now has Moseley, Matthews, Ben Darmody, Brad Winchester, Hugo Mahoney and Michael Doyle through the grades and all of them know how to run the chess board.
Winchester returned from injury last Saturday and looked right at home after replacing Moseley. He has a future with the Whites. Reserve grade fly half Darmody is just looking like the footballer we all hoped he would be.
Twenty players are sitting on the sideline nursing their bruises and broken bodies. The list includes Ryan Jones, Ben Leaper, OJ Noa, Soakai Tai, Ben Gordon, Keith Morgan, Caleb Rech and Mitch Douch. Eight first graders of quality on the bench of the broken.