26 Jun Sikimeti is back
Back rower Justin Sikimeti is back at the Whites after trialing for a position with Yamaha in Japan.
His return is timely with the likelihood of a season ending injury to Carl Elliot who has been playing at No 8. The other injury from last weekend was to fullback Brendan Jimenez but it is likely he will be right to go.
The Whites play Wests at Jamison on Saturday in a must win game if there is to be any chance of a semi-final appearance.
Uni-Norths are ahead of firsts and reserves with Queanbeyan facing Wests, Royals, Owls and Easts (Peter Morton Shield) before a last round bye. The Owls face Easts, Gungahlin and the Whites then have a bye before meeting Wests in the last round.
Thirds and fourths meet Goulburn instead of Easts.
Basically, the Whites must win all their games and hope the Owls only have only one win against Easts.
Certainly, there are positive signs in all grades with the number of players returning from injury or other duties. In the next weeks Nick Frost and Becs Seeto will be back from the World Under 20 championships.
The performance of reserve grade was inspirational and although beaten they played outstandingly without luck. Matt Taylor unselfishly played in the centres and that reflects the spirit that has built up in the side despite their relatively unsuccessful season.