Queanbeyan Whites to face Vikings in John I Dent Cup major semi-final

The Queanbeyan Whites have accomplished their mission to finish in the John I Dent Cup top two by beating their bogey team the Western Districts Lions 47-24 at Jamison Oval on Saturday.

And remarkably, the Gungahlin Eagles went down 38-24 to the Canberra Royals, which also gifted the Whites their second place finish.

The Queanbeyan men will now prepare for what will be their toughest encounter of the year when they take on the Tuggeranong Vikings in the first week of finals next weekend.

The results of both games also mean Wests finish fifth and crash out of the finals.

The Whites' had momentum in the first 10 minutes of the match and took an early 3-0 lead in the game, but this became a false sense of security as Wests took advantage of some flimsy defence.

Their right hand side defence became exposed early in the match, as Wests bagged two tries within the first twenty minutes in the same area.

A try to Whites youngster Josh White followed by a further two goals to centre Altus Momsen brought the Queanbeyan men back to within two points, but again lazy defence cost them.

A try to Wests centre Andrew Parsons- struggling away forwards in the process- saw the Belconnen men lead 19-13 at half time.

Whatever Whites coach Adam Fahey sprayed at his men during the break must have worked, with White again firing through the middle and diving under the posts.

The try was converted by Momsen, and another penalty goal a few minutes later had his men in front by four.

Wests showed their strength through the middle of the second stanza and pressed hard against the Whites goal-line defence.

But in a confidence-boosting play, Whites centre Keith Morgan took an intercept, and dashed 90 metres past three Wests speedsters to take his men's lead to 30-19.

A double to Lion Parsons off a nice chip kick-and-chase reduced the final margin to six, but it was the Whites who took the confidence boost heading into the finals series.

Momsen's double sealed his men's meeting with the Tuggeranong Vikings at Viking Park next Saturday in the John I Dent Cup major semi-final.

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