Sharp dummy-half work earns points

19-09-2018 by admin

SCOTT Blanch shrugged off the disappointment of a 62-point shellacking with his Greater Northern Tigers against Newcastle on Saturday to hand out a 62-4 hiding to the Oxley Diggers with his North Tamworth Bears at Scully Park on Sunday.
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Bears hooker Scott Blanch creating more chances for his teammates in Sunday’s 62-4 victory over Oxley Diggers. Photo: Gareth Gardner 150516GGD17

In the process the former Manly and Farrer fullback garnered the three points from the referees in the Group 4 Best and fairest competition for his incisive running out of dummy half.

He scored the Bears first try with a quick in and around dart from dummy half in the 9th minute.

The Bears slowly warmed to their task, lading 28-4 at half time and then waltzing away with the game with a six try second half.

Young fullback James Duchatel also impressed with a hat trick of tries to cement his number one spot.

For Scott Blanch the number nine position looks to be his for a while, especially after the way he dazzled the Digger defence with his sharp dummy half runs.

Jut enjoy getting my hands on the ball,” he said in answer to where he would rather play.

Last season he was mostly at five-eighth but Abel Carney has also made a good fist of his shift to the six as well.

“I enjoyed it (today),” Blanch said of the chance to play hooker/dummy half.

“We’re still coming together.

“We didn’t get to play any real trials and went through the West Knockout playing second division sides.

“This is just our second full game so we’ve got a lot of improvement in us. And we did improve from the Narrabri game (first round win). And we will keep on improving too.”

He said Saturday’s Tier 1 clash with Newcastle was a “tough day”.

His Greater Northern Tigers lost 62-nil.

“They (Newcastle) are a top side. They’ve had their squad together (40 players) since December and we only had two training runs.

“But we did play a lot better in the second half and that will help going into the Dubbo game.”

The Greater Northern Tigers were in the unusual position of playing for a Tier 1 semi-final berth or slipping back to a Tier 2 semi-final berth!

“We’ve got a couple of weeks before we play at Dubbo, and have two or three training runs together. Hopefully we can take that second half form down to Dubbo and give it our best shot.”

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