06 Aug Wonderful Whites
The Whites jumped to 13-0 before Gungahlin touched the ball, led 18-10 at half time and went on to win 44-17 to qualify for the grand final against Tuggeranong.
The Whites were wonderful in attack and brutal in defence. Winger Brendon Spears was the catalyst to a few tries thanks to his solid returns. He was unstoppable and turned defence into attack. To add to his game, he kicked four conversions out of six and two penalties.
Queanbeyan’s pack found their mojo and grounded the Eagles. Plenty of penalties flowed from the scrum dominance and then tries. The front row’s hits hurt and took the sting out of the Gungahlin eight. Last week Royals could not find a way through, this week the Whites punished a tired team by scoring six tries.
There was not a player who could not hold their hand up to say they contributed. Of course, lock Sokai Tai can put both hands up as again he played the game from the first minute and was still dominating at the last minute. His work load is unbelievable.
There were some great tries often engineered of a Spears return and the presence of Robbie Coleman and Andrew Smith. Throw in JR Morgan and there were Eagles wingless in defence.
Coach Adam Fahey used his bench with the biggest change being Zac Tarrant for Billy Chalker just after half time. Chalker had his best game of the season and scored a try off a jinking run.
The old sour note was the yellow carding of lock Toby Wilson. Wilson was sitting on two and technically he should not be suspended for a week. Everyone would agree that punishment is extremely harsh give the other cards were early in the season and none were for foul play.
Both first and second grade play the grand finals next week at Viking Park against the Valley surfers. Get the chain saw out.