Deanman welcomes chance for a freshen-up

DENMAN Devils will welcome this weekend’s representative weekend.

The reigning Group 21 premiers need a little freshen-up, reckoned captain-coach Blake Dureau of a side which downed Singleton at 34-6 at ResCo Park, Singleton on Sunday.

It enabled the Devils to remain equal second with Greta-Branxton, five points adrift of unbeaten Scone.

Both Scone and Greta have half a dozen players in the senior Group 21 side under Darryl Rando for Saturday’s Greater Northern Championships at Scully Park in Tamworth.

Denman has just prop Ben Hagan selected in the Group 21 side this Saturday.

“The boys have the weekend off,”  Dureau said after Sunday’s big win at Singleton.

“Our attitude in the warm- up at Singleton was pretty poor. 

“It’s almost like the halfway mark and gives us a chance to have a week off and freshen up.

“Hopefully we can go on from here.”

Dureau was a “bit disappointed” his side didn’t go on with it against Singleton after leading 24-6 at halftime and then 30-4 early in the second half.

However a couple of showers might have had a lot to with his side switching down a few gears.

It made for a scrappy finish.

“It was a bit disappointing but coming home from Singleton with a big win doesn’t happen every day.

“They’ve been strong for many years and it’s good to be able to go down there and get a good 34-6 win.

“There’s no easy games in this competition any more.”

While Duncan Collins had a big game at prop, young winger Hamish Wolfgang scored three tries in what Dureau thought was a good team effort.

Ben Hagan was in typical good form and the performance of fullback Jake Green was heartening for Dureau.

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