Callida Consulting John I Dent Cup: Round Six Preview
With every passing round, the 2021 Callida Consulting John I Dent Cup competition becomes more and unpredictable, so to preface this preview with a warning, don’t be surprised if we see a few upsets around the capital.
A repeat of the round one slug fest where the Lions shocked the Eagles on their home patch, Wests host a sliding Gungahlin side who are looking to avoid shipping their third
defeat on the bounce.
The visitors, without their Brumbies representatives, have struggled at times in the early goings this season, though they’ve shown an ability to score points, and quickly.
Wests have come into the new year with a new identity, their hard-nosed defensive style and gritty personality being on full display last week in their draw against the Uni-Norths Owls.
All of a sudden, both these sides have found some form, and though Vikings lead the league, Queanbeyan are on a small tear up the ladder.
Two big wins, scoring over 40 points in both games, has seen the Whites arrive in 2021, their early form having seen them camped at the bottom of the ladder.
Tuggeranong on the other hand lead the competition, thanks to their four win, one loss record, though last week was their first truly dominant performance, beating Gungahlin 50-21 away from home.
They will never panic, but the defending champion Canberra Royals have started the season with five losses in a row and sit bottom of the table.
It’s a position they’re not used to, or will be comfortable with, but with the rising quality of the competition, Royals will have to start winning soon, or the gap will grow to a point where they can’t make finals.
The Owls will be bitterly disappointed to have only grabbed a draw last week at home against Wests, and have proven very tough to beat at their home ground.
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Queanbeyan can put themselves to within a point of the playoff spots with a win away to the ViQueens, Tuggeranong looking to keep pace with the leaders in the Owls and Goulburn.
Owls are used to winning, and being first, and with some of their Brumbies representatives out, they will hope to come away with a win against fourth places Royals.