13 Jul Student surge
Queanbeyan faces a very upbeat and dangerous side on Saturday when University Norths attempt to seal a spot in the John I. Dent Cup final series. The Owls sit fourth just one point ahead of Royals on the ladder and believe they have what it takes for the finals.
It will be a big day at Campese Oval with Ladies Day, the Pat Matthews Cup and a women’s game between Uni and Royals to top it off.
Owls play Queanbeyan and then Gungahlin (third on 53) while Royals play Easts and Tuggeranong in their last two rounds. The Whites have the bye in the last round and can sit back and watch Gungahlin and Uni go at each other while Royals face no easy task against Tuggeranong.
Flanker Sokai Tai will be missing on Saturday with a rib injury and the consistent lock Ben Leaper moves back in. The form of captain Dan Penca and Lime match of the round winner Ryan Jones has been the edge in the last couple of games. They will need to be at their best again to cover Tai’s loss.
Seconds have won 12 games this season and lost just one to be clear on the ladder on 65 points ten points clear of the second placed Eagles. Colts will be looking for a confidence booster before they head into the very difficult semi-finals. Again last week they generously gave the opposition a good start before switching on.
Thirds are still in a battle to survive sitting third on 54 points with Gungahlin on 53. The number of locks injured (Josh Townsend, ACDC and Tony Tarlinton) has meant thirds and fourths have been weakened in that vital position. Thirds though have good form running up 125 points in the last two games. Fourths are more comfortable in third spot far enough ahead of Young and Royals on 43.