4/27/2012

John I Dent Round Four Previews


Match of the Round:
Gungahlin (5) v Uni-Norths (2), Nicholls Oval, Nicholls

First Grade: 3.05pm, Reserve Grade: 1.40pm, Colts: 12.15pm
Gungahlin will be looking to bounce back after their first loss of the season last weekend. They will have to do it without their captain Ben McGee, who is unavailable due to injury. They will however welcome Michael McMahon back into the fly half position, which should give the Eagles confidence after his promising performances in the first two rounds. Uni-Norths are looking for three victories in a row to start the season, after a fantastic display against Royals on the weekend. With only two changes to the starting line-up, they will be looking to continue this form and confirm themselves as real contenders. Last weekend’s Musashi Man of the Match winner Dave Bennett will be looking to again assert himself at the ruck. With both teams looking to consolidate a top four position, this may well become a vital game for their season.
The last time these two teams played: Round 18, 2011 (Uni-Norths 7 – Gungahlin 22)

Tuggeranong (1) v Royals (3), Viking Park, Wanniassa
First Grade: 3.05pm, Reserve Grade: 1.40pm, Colts: 12.15pm
Tuggeranong once again come into this game full of confidence after another dominating win on the weekend. They have made one change from the weekend, with Sione Taula starting after coming off the bench last weekend. They will hope to continue their tremendous set piece form and muscle up against a Royals outfit that will come out fiercely in this local derby. Royals were disappointed to lose in a close match against Uni-Norths, but will gain confidence that they scored four tries in a losing side. They have made one change in the forward pack, with Joe Kolo returning to the starting 15 and he will be hoping to measure up against Brumbies Contracted player Colby Faingaa. Brumbies Contracted players Saliva Saliva and Kimami Sitauti will be looking to continue their impressive club form and showcase their skills against the current top team in the competition. Tuggeranong and Royals will be playing for the Wal Scollen Shield, in memory of Allan “Wal” Scollen, a Royals player who died tragically in a car crash. Wal had great friends within both clubs and was well respected within the rugby community.
The last time these two teams played: Round 15, 2011 (Tuggeranong 22 – Royals 20)

Wests (4) v Easts (6), Jamison Oval, Jamison
First Grade: 3.15pm, Reserve Grade: 1.50pm, Colts: 12.25pm
Wests returned to the winners circle after a solid team performance against Queanbeyan on the weekend. Gus McKerchar was once again a standout with 11 points off the boot and a professional display in the fly half role. Wests make only one change to the starting team from the weekend with Gareth Bautz coming up from second grade into the No 8 jersey. Easts will be coming off a bye week fresh and determined, after two spirited displays to start the season. Brumbies Contracted Player Jerry Yanuyanutawa will again lead from the front, and call on the experience of his Brumbies team-mate Ben Hand for the first time this season. With an impressive forward pack, Easts will be looking to dominate physically and give space to their young back line as they look for their first win of the season.
The last time these two teams played: Round 16, 2011 (Wests 47 – Easts 12)