An­other mixed bag for the Devils dur­ing their trip to Wal­lum­billa

Chinchilla News - - SPORT - The Miles Devils Con­trib­u­tor

RUGBY LEAGUE: On Sun­day, the Devils/Bat­tlers trav­elled to Su­rat to take on the Wal­lum­billa Red Bulls, which re­sulted in the same out­come as the pre­vi­ous week against Mitchell.

It was a tough en­counter for the A-grade, fin­ish­ing in a draw, and the Re­serve grade came away with yet an­other con­vinc­ing win.

The Devils A-grade ar­rived primed for their sec­ond phys­i­cal con­test in as many weeks, and points were not easy to come by with some strong de­fence from both sides for most of the first half.

Only one try was scored in the half by Wal­lum­billa, giv­ing them a half-time lead of 6-0.

After the break, the Red Bulls opened the scor­ing ex­tend­ing their lead to 10-0 early in the sec­ond half.

But the Devils then clicked into gear and scored the next three tries and for the first time in the game were in front 16-10, with only nine min­utes to go.

How­ever, Wal­lum­billa dug deep and man­aged to score one more time with four min­utes left on the clock to level the scores at 16-all.

De­spite valiant ef­forts from both sides, the fi­nal score re­mained locked at 16-all.

Play­ers’ player for the day went to the ever-im­prov­ing Travis Rine­hart.

Try scor­ers for the Devils were Ash Dy­ball, Clint Tay­lor and Ryan Rayner, who also made two con­ver­sions.

In the Re­serve Grade, the Bat­tlers had yet an­other sound win over the Red Bulls.

Con­tin­u­ing their win­ning form from pre­vi­ous weeks, the Bat­tlers came out strongly, dom­i­nat­ing Wal­lum­billa from the start.

And they never let up, out­play­ing Red Bulls in both at­tack and de­fence, post­ing nine tries to Wal­lum­billa’s four – for a fi­nal score of 44-18.

This out­come was due to a solid team ef­fort from the Bat­tlers. Man of the Match was shared be­tween Brett Nielsen and Josiah McPherson. Try scor­ers for the Bat­tlers were Graeme Now­ell and Josiah McPherson with two each, Brian Ar­gus, Michael Han­son, Dane Pearce, Bay­den Walsh and Bren­dan Dann.

This week­end the Devils / Bat­tlers will travel to St Ge­orge to take on the Drag­ons.

With a cou­ple of play­ers out – Raiden Van Kuik and Bren­dan Dan – with rep­re­sen­ta­tive du­ties in the Queens­land Out­back Un­der 20s side and a num­ber of in­juries, the Devils/ Bat­tlers hope to re­turn home with yet an­other win.

And de­spite valiant ef­forts from both sides, the fi­nal score re­mained locked at 16-all.

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