05 Apr Tough time
The Whites face a tough time against University-Norths at Campese with an injury to the ACT’s best forward Sokai Tai, the citing of hooker Carl Elliot and the leave without pay of Neori Nadruku and brother Noa.
Elliot must stand down until a judiciary panel can be formed to rule on his alleged indiscretion.
The teams will play for the Pat Matthews Cup held by Queanbeyan. It has been a closely contested piece of hardware with the Owls winning four of the encounters and the Whites five.
Into the side comes more colts with Mika Eli taking up a prop position along with Vinnie De Masson, aka The Bachelor, and hooker replacement James Douglas. Douglas has been a standout at training and his mature approach to the game will be valued.
Freshly minted first grader Michael Gordon is joined by one of the youngest ever to play first grade, Zeph Tuinona.
Tuinona joined the Brumbies Academy from the 2018 Queensland Schoolboys after playing for Brisbane State High in 2017 and 2018. His blood lines indicate he may have something going for him with Joe Rokocoka, Gordon Tallis and Wendell Sailor on the family tree.
The tall softly spoken architect student has a big ask and task before him.
At least the backline looks solid with Jamie Marmont taking over at fullback and the inclusion of Jack Gilmour onto the wing. Gilmour is one to watch as he cements a spot after an injury hit start to the season.
The Gordon brothers, Jake and Ben, return to the reserve grade after a sabattical, and combine with Sam Bartholomeusz to form a potent front row.
Colts need to get back to the KISS principle, keep it simple stupid, rather than push passes and make random decisions in the wrong zone.
The big three of Kane Kilmister, Wyll Holland and Davea Teoteo need to stand up and take control of their inexperienced team mates.