30 Mar Where Whites dare
The experienced Jamie Marmont moves back into first grade on Saturday for a crunch match against Gungahlin. The Eagles have been building into a real premiership threat under the coaching of Laurie Atkins.
Any trip to Nicholls is a challenge and the Whites will have to be wary of a hijack in all grades. With all of Gungahlin feeding into the home side there is strength throughout and they have enough numbers to field a side in the Monaro competition.
Marmont, who played his 100th game in 2016, gets better year in and year out. He has played a little bit of five eighth this year and that appears to have added to his game. He replaces Brumby centre Andrew Smith who has been rested along with all other Brumbies.
The forward pack was a match for Wests until substitutions were made and the pack back pedaled. Hopefully the lesson has been learnt.
Seconds will lean heavily on the game management of five eighth Danny Matthews. Matthews is a fine kicker of the ball and a takes the right options around the field. They have a few game breakers in fullback Riley Ahern, No 8 Tom G. Darmody and the Jancevski brothers.
Colts will be chewing at the bit to get on the paddock in a competitive game. They received a forfeit last week and are hungry except for Francis Sokai-Tai. The side is nearly at full strength with Riley Hughes still to return to full duties.
Thirds have plenty of fire power as well with Angus Balmaks leading the charge. He is an everywhere man and his ability with his goal kicking and try scoring always gives you a good base.
Fourths also had to put up with a forfeit last week from Wests. Coach Luke Cochrane has plenty to choose from and hopefully they will get the Whites off to a good start.
Fourths play at 10.30am and thirds at 11.50 with the other grade starting times remaining the same at Nicholls Oval.