Denno's Diary - Episode 5: Bring on afternoon rugby and the Blues

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By Dave Dennis

 New for 2013!  Every week throughout the new Super Rugby season, HSBC Waratahs’ captain Dave Dennis will write a weekly column to keep members and fans up to date on their team.

In this episode, Dave shares his excitement ahead of the return of afternoon rugby and congratulates two team mates on their new arrivals.
Episode 5: Bring on afternoon rugby and the Blues
Nothing hurts more than losing a game that you should have won. There was no questioning our commitment or effort against the Cheetahs last week but small errors at key times are costing us.  That’s something we are continually working on improving. 
At times, our play was quite effective and displayed the way we’re looking to play but in saying that, we can’t afford those lapses in concentration and execution or in this competition, we’ll be punished, as we were on Friday night. 
This weekend is another chance to experience afternoon rugby at Allianz Stadium and after the success of last year’s afternoon games, Sunday is shaping up as a great day to come and support the team. A lot of the playing group have fond memories of their junior and club rugby days, playing during the day, and I know all the boys are looking forward to a big crowd and the chance to test ourselves against an exciting young Blues team. 
The Blues have shown early on the competition that they are a strong attacking team and I’m sure their game will be no different this weekend. I encourage all our supporters, especially families, to get down early and experience an afternoon game at Allianz Stadium.  There’s plenty of pre-game activities on offer in our Fan Day, which kicks off at midday, including the chance to meet some of the boys and enjoy all the family activities.  As a Sydney University player, I’ll be cheering on my club teammates in the curtain raiser too as they take on the University of Queensland.  Hopefully, you’ll get to see two exciting games of rugby.
We’ve had some more exciting news this week too, with two of the boys becoming fathers again.  Both Sekope Kepu and Wycliff Palu welcomed another addition to their families with Isaiah Kepu and Kolokihakaufisi (Kolo for short) Palu coming into the world.  I have a feeling they are both secretly working towards creating their own rugby team and, one thing’s for sure, they will have their hands full for the next few years! 
Also congratulations to Keps for re-signing with the club for another two years and to big Will Skelton for being rewarded for all his hard work by signing the final Extended Playing Squad contract, replacing Sam Lane who left us a month or two ago. Both of these boys will be important in contributing to the club developing and moving forward in the future.  There are exciting times ahead.
Bring it on!