A mix-up with the substitutes towards the end of the game nearly cost the Whites a first round win against Wests. Queanbeyan hung on to a 26-20 victory after leading comfortably 26-6 before the team was in disarray with players on and off.
It was a poor day for rugby with Wests forfeiting in fourth grade and colts. With players jumping out of their skins to get on the field the opposition failed to respect the home club with very late decisions not to play.
Second grade won 31-20 and thirds 36-12 in a day to be forgotten. Many worry about the future of the Brumbies. Perhaps the powers to be should be worrying about the state of club rugby. It appears that Wests have gone for the jumbo jet approach to field a strong first grade and left the lower grades lapse.
First grade winger Angus Le Lievre kicked perfectly with two penalties, four conversions and adding one try for 21 points. Fullback Mitch Douch was the only other scorer after Andrew Smith made the break and Douch was good enough to finish it. Douch was a danger all day and fullback gives him the freedom to run. The combination of Smith and Keith Morgan was a dream.
Soakai Tai and Ryan Jones were invaluable in the forwards but both were off with 17 to go. Please explain.
Third grade scored six tries with Daniel Naef, Adam Wise and Tom Coffey among the best. Their old and bold coach Michael Dyer must have been pleased with what he has at his disposal. Wise, Balmaks, McRoberts, Tony Fifita and Ben Pattenden give you plenty.
Seconds are always the well prepared and presented side. Five eighth Danny Matthews just directed them around the field with Jamie Marmont providing the experience and energy. The hard working Dylan “Mullet” Jancesvki , fullback Riley Ahern and the most consistent Josh Townsend amongst the best.