The University-North Owls versus the Whites trial lost much with the Owls opting for uncontested scrums from the start of the game.
The Owls then opted for the friendly cuddles at penalty time and would not chance their arm at the lineout.
The consequence was a game which went no where and ended in a 14-all draw.
Late withdrawals also robbed the spectators a chance to see the new-look first grade and will now look forward to the first round against Gungahlin at Campese on April 7.
Winger Petau Lefau was one who did impress. He can attack yet it was his defence that stood out against the Owls. Lock Tom Holland also worked hard and has made picking the forward pack even harder.
Old Jamie Marmont again defied the ravages of time and looked like a kid enjoying his first run.
The day started with plenty of tight shorts in third grade. The off-season has been very good as the players stepped into last year’s shorts and have ordered one or two sizes up this year. It as good to see plenty of new faces taking the field.
Colts had a tough one with the under 20’s looking like a real engrossing battle for points. The Whites ended up winning 24-15 with lock Lachlan Federow the pick.
Reserve grade camped in the attacking zone for all of the first half with the Owls only making it to half way once and the try line from an intercept. Five eighth Riley Ahern had a mixed game which turned to gold when he scored in the second half followed by Angus Balmaks to sneak a 12-7 win.
Trainings next week are on Tuesday and Wednesday before the Easter break.