Very few players can totally influence a game like backrower Soakai Tai. Fresh from a month’s break he was the dominant factor in Queanbeyan’s win over Uni Norths at North Oval,33-23.
Sok scored one try, stood out in defence and just kept going forward in attack. The rest of the forwards lifted and played their best 80 minutes this season.
Fullback Danny Matthews did plenty as well with an all-round game and cool kicking with four penalties and three conversions for a tally of 18.
Centre David Kerr was KO’d early in the piece and was replaced by his landlord, Billy Chalker.
The Whites defensive effort was all that more impressive given two players spent time in the bin and they were facing a hot Brumby, Tom Banks. The veterans, Dan Penca and Jamie Marmont, keep contributing with their smarts.
Winger Larry Manu has come on in leaps and bounds. He ran plenty of yards and scored off a grubber from five eighth Liam Moseley. Moseley can throw them long, have a dart, vary his kicks and pick up inside runners.
Seconds were flat and flattened 5-32, colts were at their best winning 44-5, thirds won 24-12 and fourths had a 15-all draw.
No 8 Tim Woods returned to the field in reserve grade since injury in a pre-season trial. He is a welcome addition to the club’s forward strength. Not many others rate a mention. Lock Dylan Jancevski and captain Daniel Naef tried desperately to lift the side but to no avail.
On the other hand, the colts had plenty to praise. The backs were slick and the forwards went hard and went straight.
Centre Isaiah Latu keeps on growing and outside play makers Brad Winchester and Fraser Smith he gets opportunities. The go-forward from the forwards led to eight tries and excellent effort against the Owls who were challenging the Whites for fourth spot on the ladder.
Thirds responded to the quietly spoken measured address by coach Michael Dyer at oranges to win 24-12 after being down 7-12 at the break. Centre Jordan Read is just fast, flanker Simi Latu just tough and Rhys Bamblett-Clarke just improving all the time. Lock Jarrett Miller received points just for his girlfriend.
Fourths was a struggle with a mistakeathon. Centre Puni Aupuni touch the ball twice and scored twice. Prop Elijah Chadwick was the best.
Saturday the 24th the Whites meet Tuggeranong at Campese with the Old Boys day and game featuring.