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Tuggeranong will provide a tough test for both the Whites’ first grade (3.35pm) and second grade (1.20pm) in Saturday’s grand finals at Viking Park.
The Valley lads defeated Queanbeyan 30-22 in the major semi-finals in first grade while the seconds defeated Tuggeranong 23-16 in their major semi to advance to the grand final.
There are no changes in first grade from the team that convincingly defeated Gungahlin 44-17 in the preliminary final. Lock Toby Wilson will take his rightful place in the side. Five eighth Billy Chalker has won the pivot position after a season best display last week.
Captain Dan Penca has plenty of grand final experience and is will lead Queanbeyan’s back row in the break downs and at defence.
The Brumby three of fullback Robbie Coleman, centre Andrew Smith and prop Les Leulua’iali’-Makin will prove themselves again to take the team forward.
The key to the game is the clearing kicks and the ability of the Whites to dominate in the set pieces. Their scrummaging broke the back of the Eagles and led to repeated penalties being awarded.
Tuggers rely on the quick counter attack and hindering the opposition by slowing the ball at the break down. Hopefully, the referee is aware of that tactic.
Coach Darren Bulley has not had to make many changes during the last month of football as his side has gone about their business with the minimum of fuss. Locks Ben Leaper and Tony Tarlinton are invaluable in securing the ball and the backrow is a first grade line-up of Ben Boyton, Tom G. Darmody and Cameron Stanley.
Captain Dan Hawke and five eighth Danny Matthews have the experience to keep the team on track and in the right places.