Another mixed bag for the Devils during their trip to Wallumbilla
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.