Battlers secure another win
Gutsy effort by the Miles Devils’ 12 in St George
LEAGUE: While they didn’t clinch a win at the weekend, the Miles A-grade Devils side put on an impressive show of strength and unity against the Dragons.
Playing the entire game with only 12 players, the Devils narrowly went down by two points.
The final score was 36–34 to the Dragons.
Being short on numbers, the Devils knew it was going to be tough.
St George crossed the line first, taking a 4-nil lead early in the game.
A further two tries were scored by the Dragons before the Devils hit back with a converted try, bringing the score to 6–12.
Strong defence by the 12 Devils players for the remainder of the first half prevented a Dragons rampage.
The half-time score of 28–10 was not a reflection of the strength of the opposition, but rather the Devils’ lack of numbers.
After the break, the Devils opened the scoring, taking the score to 28–14.
St George crossed a further two times to lead 36–14 and that is where it stopped for the Dragons.
As in previous weeks, the Devils clicked into gear and came roaring back into the game.
The Devils scored the next four tries, and more importantly conceded no more points to St George, taking the final score to a nail-biting 36–34 win to the Dragons.
It was an impressive display of determination and unity by the Devils who, short on numbers, totally outplayed the Dragons in the second half in both attack and defence, scoring five tries to the Dragons’ two.
Try scorers for the Devils were Tomas Williams with four, and Ash Dyball, Grant Presnell and Jamie Kerwick with one each, with three conversions to Ryan Rayner.
Man of the match was shared this week between Ash Dyball and Tomas Williams, who were well supported by the entire team, but in particular Travis Rinehart, who once again gave it his all.
The Battlers reserve grade side continued its winning style, beating the Dragons 28–22.
With the Dragons scoring first, the Battlers struggled to find their momentum in the first half, going to the half-time break with the Dragons leading 16–6.
In the second half, a more determined Battlers side took the field, posting three tries and, for the first time in the game, were in front 22–16.
The Dragons then crossed the line, levelling the score at 22-all, with 15 minutes left to play.
Sparking some frantic play from both sides, the Battlers came out on top, with another converted try just before the full-time hooter sounded, giving them a 28–22 victory.
This week’s man of the match was awarded to Steven Sewell, with two tries scored by Brian Argus, and one each by Greg Symes, Hayden Hoppe and Jason Pitkin.
Clay Lamb converted four from five attempts.
This week the Devils/Battlers have a bye, while the following weekend they will head to Roma to take on Cities.
Best of luck to Ashley Dyball, Clinton Taylor, Tomas Williams and Brendan Dann, who were selected in the Queensland Outback A-grade side to play the curtain-raiser before the South Sydney Rabbitohs take on the Cowboys in Cairns this weekend.
Huge congratulations to Brendan Dann, who was also selected in the Central Division Under 20 Merit side after competing at the 47th Battalion Carnival in Yeppoon on the weekend.