23 Apr Tuff Stuff
Captain Ryan Jones led a patched up firsts to a thrilling 32-17 win over Gungahlin at Campese Oval just two weeks after the Eagles beat the Whites at Nicholls.
Jones was a different man in leadership and his performance was only topped by No 8 OJ Noa. OJ does not have Sokai Tai or Tai Valeni to help with the load but Toby Wilson and Ben Leaper stood up as did Mr. Reliable Tom G. Darmody.
Prop Chris Barbaro may have plenty of blisters on his feet but he is the blister that the Eagles could not pop. He led the scrum and the mauls which resulted in a penalty try and a push-over.
The back line had a bit more zip with Zac Tarrant and the worked moves worked. The ever improving winger Nela Moa scored from one such set up. The nervous bit was when Queanbeyan had two in the bin when the score was 22-10. Eagles had Rocky Ilolahia on the paddock and he can play and he can score, which he did.
With the two naughty boys back on and a few substitutes such as JR Morgan, Carl Elliot, Aiden Kenworthy and Tony Tarlinton, the Whites had Moa score and then a penalty to put the game to rest.
The defence was simply outstanding near the line. Fourths won 47-19, thirds lost 12-32, colts lost 17-19 and seconds won 28-26.