Denman primed for trip to Singleton

DENMAN Devils  prepared for a  trip to Singleton this Sunday with a 20-point success over Aberdeen Tigers in their A Plus Contracting Group 21 clash at Denman Oval on Friday night.

The win enabled the Blake Dureau-coached  side to re-hurdle Greta Branxton into second position on the Group 21 table after Scone beat the Greta Branxton Colts 32-22 at Greta Oval  yesterday.

Muswellbrook also overwhelmed Singleton by almost 30 points in their clash at ResCo Park Singleton.

Singleton Greyhounds led 6-nil early before the young Rams, under Josh Pearsol, stunned the home side with a tryscoring onslaught to lead 34-6 at halftime.

“We were terrible, disgraceful, pathetic,” Singleton captain-coach Russell Richards said last night.

“Muswellbrook have a bunch of 18-year-olds and are all goers.

“We were a bit better in the second half but we were just slow and lazy and I don’t know how I’m go to fix it.”

Jake Smith, Blake Andrews and Clinton Tull were best for the Greyhounds.

Scone captain-coach Daniel Ritter was delighted with his side.

“It’s always tough and hard at Greta,” he said.

“It was pretty windy too. We led 26-4 halftime but they had a lot more ball in the second half and got back to 26-22 at one stage before Wes Suckley scored out wide and Jarrod Smith kicked the goal.”

James Barker, Matt Finlayson, Wes Suckley and five-eighth Justin Apthorpe were best for the Thoroughbreds who remain unbeaten.

Denman Devils celebrated the weekend’s big Denman Food and Wine Festival with a 34-14 win.

Leading the way were young wingers, Tyler Wolfgang and Brock Smith, who crossed for three tries apiece.

Dureau, who played despite a knee injury, was delighted with the performance from the young winger as well as the rest of the side.

“Tyler is only 19 I think,” he said of a winger who scored one of two try hat-tricks.

“He might have played a couple of games last year but this is his first full year in first grade and he’s going well.

“He’s quick and evasive and he can finish.

“The same with Brock. He’s coming off a big year last year, getting better all the time.”

Their six-try contribution was part of a team effort where the side completed its sets and put the ball through the hands without having to try anything fancy.

Dureau also played despite having a knee injury strapped so he could “help steer the boys around the park”.

It wasn’t too much of a problem for him and he’s hoping it might improve before next Sunday’s trip to Singleton.

What he is hoping to improve is the side’s error and penalty count.

“At one stage we were down 8-nil in the penalties and I thought I heard someone say it was 14-4 against us at one stage.

“The last couple of weeks we have had a few obstacles thrown at us but the boys had still been able to finish well.

“Against Aberdeen we had no reserves for the second half. 

“All 13 had to play a full 40 minutes.”

He hopes the four players injured in the first half only had game-ending knocks and not more serious complaints to keep them out for long terms.

While the two young wingers starred with three tries apiece, young prop Isaac Richardson also impressed Dureau.

“He was with the Knights SG  Ball side last year,” he said.

“He’s a big young, mobile kid. He came off the bench and gave us good minutes.”

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