Review: ACT John I Dent Cup – Easts v. Queanbeyan

Review: ACT John I Dent Cup – Easts v. Queanbeyan

Easts v. Queanbeyan

Easts again played host on a stunning Winter’s day at Griffith Oval. However, the day started ominously for the Easts men, with 3rds forfeiting, Colts comprehensively beaten and 2nds scratching together a side only to be beaten by over 50 points.

The match started at a pace, and within 20 minutes, the Whites had posted three tries. Fly-half Billy Chalker and inside centre Sam Windsor were consistently putting their players into holes and leaving the Easts players puzzled.

The contest at the rucks was fierce, with both sides competing strongly. Easts’ Brumby Jerry Yanuyanutawa was prominent as well as the White’s Nik Murray. Wounds sustained by players were testament to the ferocity of the contest. However, once the ball was shifted out to the Whites’ backs, tries generally followed in quick succession.

By half time, the score was 42–0.

The second half was a continuation of the first, with heavy contact in the rucks, but once the ball reached the backs and with space, the Whites’ backs repeatedly made ground and kept the scoreboard ticking over.

When given clean ball, individual Easts players made stirring runs, with centre Jonno Naoupu and Mitch Lewis making some great incisive runs. These though were individual efforts, and in a game involving 28 other men, efforts like this can be easily overshadowed.

Sam Windsor in particular impressed himself on the match, and kept providing his teammates with opportunities. Winger Lachlan Freeth showed incredible pace to embarrass the Easts backs.

Overall the match reflected what had transpired in the lower grades, with the enthusiasm, fitness and poise of the men in White simply too good for Easts. The final score was 70–12.

Round 14 results

Tuggeranong defeated Wests 29–7
Gunghalin defeated Royals 34-21

Round 15 Fixtures 21 July

No games this weekend

Home TeamVersusAway TeamLocationTime
Uni-NorthsvTuggeranongANU North / Field 13.05pm
RoyalsvEastsPhillip Oval / Field 13.05pm
QueanbeyanvGungahlinCampese Field3.05pm

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Aboriginal Aussie/Pom, from the ACT, studying MBBS at the ANU and currently running around with Easts Rugby as Uni allows.

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