Wet weather disrupted a number of fixtures last week but we refuse to let that dampen our spirits ahead of round ten of the Callida Consulting John I Dent Cup competition that once again promises some entertaining matchups.
Gage Roads Game of the Week Uni-Norths Owls V Wests Lions
Both sides have had a fixture postponed on account of the weather last week and while the Uni-Norths Owls have had time to stew over their last start loss to the Vikings while the Lions have had that winning feeling after they got their season back on track with a win over the Royals.
The Owls recent run of good form encountered a Viking shaped roadblock last start and now they will face a Lions side that are on the way up. Flyhalf Jordan Thompson leads the competition in points scored and has proven himself to be a key figure in the Owls attack and will need to be ready to take advantage of any chances that come his way.
The Lions found their rhythm in the second half against the Royals and coach Adam Butt will be looking for his charges to carry that form into this clash with the chance to put themselves in a position to leapfrog the Owls on the ladder in the final stretch of the season.
Queanbeyan Whites V Canberra Royals
The Queanbeyan Whites defeated a Gungahlin Eagles side struggling for consistency and will want this win to be their springboard for their assault on the top four and will face a tough task to walk away with the win against a Royals side that has had their fair share of struggles so far this season.
The Whites potent backline can cause plenty of problems for the Royals if Mitchell Douch and Liam Richman can provide them with early ball on the back of a strong platform from the forward pack.
The Royals were part of the only John I Dent fixture to take place and went within five points of the ladder leading Vikings and showed plenty of fight and will be full of confidence that they will be able to kickstart their spluttering season in time to mount their own charge up the table and coach Southwell will hope that this charge starts today.
Tuggeranong Vikings V Gungahlin Eagles
The Vikings will return to Viking Park to host the hot and cold Gungahlin Eagles and will be looking to take this opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the table while the Eagles will try to turn their good attacking form into wins.
The Vikings look lethal with the ball in hand and come up against a side that has had their defensive woes throughout the season. If the Eagles show any signs of defensive weakness on the day, the relentless attack of the Vikings are more than capable of finding these gaps and turning it into a long day at the office for the Eagles
The Eagles have their own attacking weapons, with Corey Toole the competition’s leading try scorer and with Jamie Mazzarol-Kotz and Kalaveti Kunituba also featuring in the top five with a whopping 23 tries between them. If the Vikings defence isn’t on song, the Eagles have the firepower to push the ladder leaders to the limit.
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Tuggeranong V Goulburn
Both sides sit on three wins however the Tuggeranong side have a five-point lead and will want to extend that lead to secure their spot at second on the ladder. Tuggeranong come into this clash on the back of a win and Goulburn fell at the hands of a dominant Owls outfit.
Queanbeyan V Royals
Queanbeyan is looking to lift themselves off the bottom of the ladder while the Royals sit in third and will want to come away with the win to attempt to climb the ladder. The Royals are seeking a bounce back after their last start loss and Queanbeyan are coming into this clash refreshed after a bye