24 May Spectators in the cold
In a game that did little to warm the spectators the Whites managed to win 31-14 against the Eagles at the Gungahlin enclosed oval. With four tries Queanbeyan also recorded a much needed bonus point.
Fourths powered home 69-5, thirds lost 33-26, colts lost 16-5 while seconds won 36-7.
Injuries to captain Dan Penca and No 8 OJ Noa will prove to be costly with the whites up against Tuggers at Campese on Saturday.
Lock Tai Valeni was again the best on field closely followed by front rowers Carl Elliott and Chris Barbaro. The effort of the other prop Sam Bartholomeuz has to be recognised. The colt was elevated t0 first grade with regular Neori Nadruku enjoying his coconut milk in Fiji to celebrate his 21st. Brumby Les Makin will hopefully make his return next week.
After a rousing start the loss of Penca took the attack out of the Whites. It was only 10-9 at the break and tries were a long time coming. Hooker Elliot scored two to silence the awful announcer.
Fourths went on a try spree with Grumps Debenham scoring three and converting one.Lock Tim Godfrey also found the right line on three occasions to make up the bulk of the 11 scored. Thirds suffered from having players backing up from fourths. Captain Dan Hawke backed up his earlier game at five eighth to lead the side with Luke Cochran also starring a double.
Colts lacked a bit of bite with Ben Darmody and Lewis Bozzato doing the bulk of the work. The move of Tyron Sullivan to the forwards will pay dividends. Seconds are the home brands of the club but play tough and smart. Led by Ryan Jones and lock partner Tony Tarlinton it was all go forward. Add the impact of Zac Tarraqnt, Hamish Ahern and Ben Pattenden and you have a recipe for success.