Sunday 21 January 2018 / 10:04 AM

Denno's Diary 15

After what was an extremely disappointing result on the weekend, the boys fronted up on Monday for a few hard truths with the goal of ensuring our attitude is right for Friday’s important clash against the Crusaders. Our performance last week wasn’t reflective of the changes we are trying to make at the club and it represented a slip up in what has been a progressive few months. In the end Melbourne deserved the win and the loss again demonstrated how tough this competition is with each round offering a different challenge.

On Friday we take on the Crusaders in Christchurch and we’ll be focusing on a few key areas to ensure we come away with a win, something we haven’t achieved for a while against them. The game is sure to be fast and physical and I feel the outcome at the contact area and ruck contest will go a long way in determining the end result. Preparation has been sharp and I am positive you will see a change in attitude from the boys come Friday.

Away from Super Rugby and earlier in the week a number of boys headed down south to lend a hand at Sylvania Bulldogs RFC as part of the club’s Tahs Together program and our ongoing commitment to the community game in New South Wales. I was fortunate enough to be part of the group that took part in this Tahs Junior Clinic and it was great to see so many kids and their parents enjoying rugby. The club is continually working to improve its relationship with junior clubs and I know the boys enjoy being part of that process.

This week we also celebrated Berrick ‘Cougar’ Barnes’ birthday, although having removed his moustache and locks some of the boys are unsure of his age. It’s been great to have Berrick back in the matchday 22 and his value to the team is obvious.

Also, this weekend will be John Ulugia 50th Super Rugby game. John is a valued member of the squad and offers consistency come set piece time. Well done Johny.

Celebrations aside, I’m looking forward to getting stuck in this weekend with the boys and making up for our last outing.

Bring it on!

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