26 May Two too good
Two Brumbies and two Poms proved to be too good for Uni-Norths with the Whites winning their second first grade game of the season at the Barn. Colts won 22-10 and the reserves were shaded 6-10.
Yorkshire winger Rian Hamilton scored three tries, hooker James Douglas and BJ Jimenez two each and prop Ben Gordon one with five eighth Will Goddard kicking five conversions.
While Hamilton was doing the running his country mate was doing the hard grind. Lock Kieran Frost does not mind a bash and barge moving over the gain line.
Another two, Brumbies Matt Lucas and Lachlan McCaffery, are more than welcome to see the season out at Queanbeyan. They looked at home and guided the youngsters.
McCaffery is a different back rower with the new dad playing a link role displaying a full range of rugby skills. Lucas is smart and his combination with Goddard spot on. That says a lot about the five eight. When he plays the Whites are in the game.
Then the crowd teaser and pleaser, winger Jimenez, added the spice. He is sometimes naughty and sometimes he is just brilliant. His free running hides some other clever aspects of his game such as his ball stealing and his defence.
Retiree Dan Penca made a cameo appearance fresh from a stint overseas and the buffet bar.
Colts ground out a 22-10 win in a turnaround from their second-round loss to the Owls 14-17. It was an ordeal with both sides rushing around going nowhere. After a good start with Brad Winchester shifting the ball and a score line of 17-5 at the break it all went pear shape. Fair enough in some ways as the side was missing a few and all the bench made it onto the paddock.
The loss of prop Sam Bartholomeusz early in the second-grade game cost the side dearly. The scrum lost its dominance and the game turned into a slugfest.