03 Aug Tactics and Errors
Royals won the tactical battle and the preliminary final defeating the Whites 40-27 at Erindale. What appeared to be two gross errors by the referee, who received no support from the more experienced touch judge, turned the game on its head.
Royals used the tricky wind conditions to put the Whites on the back foot in the second half and the two tries from the two off sides put Royals into the grand final. Their backline was sharper and the Brumby Lausii Taliauli was always the danger man.
The Whites led 20-17 at the break with the lead short-lived as royals five eighth Craig McMahon hit a field goal. Veteran McMahon never missed with three penalties and four conversions.
Centre Keith Morgan scored two tries , Les Leuluaialii-Makin and Mitch Douch one each for the Whites.
A dominant Queanbeyan scrum was put to the test in the lineouts and again turned over too many own throws while the backline with injuries could not match the free flow of Royals.
Fourths were well-beaten by Tuggers 45-14 after a season with a high churn rate of players and little cohesion from the steady flow through the turnstiles. They did remarkably well to advance this far.
Best were lock Tim Godfrey, fullback Caden Helmers and backrower Jackson Tahapehi who fortunately has a few more skills than his old man. Jonno Murphy worked up another thirst in a non-stop effort.