07 Aug Three standing
From the five Whites’ sides that made the semi-finals three teams second grade, colts and fourths have survived to compete in the preliminary finals next weekend.
Wests beat Queanbeyan 24-8 in first grade, seconds defeated Uni-Norths 17-13, colts defeated the Owls 31-17, thirds lost to Tuggeranong 44-19 and fourths lost 53-12 but played in the major semi and have a second chance.
In seconds Qbn will play Royals, colts will play Tuggeranong and fourths meet RMC.
For first grade, they did not put in the boot with the wind behind them and at half time were down 8-12 instead of having a much-needed lead for the run into the gale. Wests on the other hand used Boost Joost to kick long and then contest the wobbly Whites lineout.
Whereas Wests had plenty to offer in attack there seemed little spark in the Whites. Half Mitch Douch had little opportunity and the rest of the backline hardly touched the footy.
It was only two tries to one and in the second half neither team could find the try line but Wests kicked four penalties from the 100 that they received.
No possession and no territory was the way it ended.
Seconds were a league team for 20 minutes of their game with two yellow cards in the first half and another in the second with a red to top it off. Despite playing with 13 the Whites hung on and did not concede a try during the time-outs.
Five eighth Billy Chalker scored the first from a charge down, then Chalker put Zac Tarrant over for a 12-3 lead at Go Troppo bananas.
The second half try was a classy one with the support play coming from everywhere until Ben Darmody crossed in the corner.
It was then a case of a mountain of defence with the side back to 13.
The colts started with patience and control for the first 10 minutes and then lost the script as the error festival started. Somehow, they kept the Owls up a tree and scored tries at regular intervals to build a good win.
Winger Puni Aupuni scored two, Isaiah Latu, Justin Sikimeti and Ben Gordon all got one.
Thirds conceded a try just at half time to trail 12-14 and then the flood gates opened on the back of the weather.