CHEEKY DEV­ILS SE­CURE PLACE IN GRAND FI­NAL

Miles side through to GF after win

Chinchilla News - - FRONT PAGE - Alexia Austin and Sam Flana­gan

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Miles Dev­ils are through to this year’s grand fi­nal after a hard-fought vic­tory over the Wal­lum­billa Su­rat Red Bulls on the week­end.

De­spite con­ced­ing the first try of the game, the Dev­ils fought back hard to take a 10-6 lead into the half-time break.

The Red Bulls hit back mid­way through the second half to re­gain the as­cen­dency, be­fore Raiden Vankirk pro­duced some late fancy-foot­work to hand the Dev­ils the fi­nal try of the game to give them a 18-12 vic­tory.

Dev­ils cap­tain-coach Jamie Ker­wick was happy with his side’s per­for­mance, and hopes the team can re­pro­duce that form this Sunday.

“We’ll try not to do any­thing dif­fer­ent, hope­fully we can cap­i­talise on our good per­for­mances; I still don’t think we’ve played our best game yet,” Ker­wick said.

Roma has been the stand­out team all sea­son, but Ker­wick has been around long enough to know that any­thing can hap­pen in a grand fi­nal.

“It’s go­ing to be a bat­tle of the for­wards, so we need to keep the mid­dle tight and keep their big men un­der wraps,” he said.

“It might come down to the luck of the day, we just need to play with emo­tion and any­thing can hap­pen.

“It doesn’t mat­ter how good you’ve been through­out the year; it’s how you play on the day.

“If you show up with a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude any­thing is pos­si­ble... I’m con­fi­dent we can come away with the win.”

The grand fi­nal kicks off at 3.20pm in Roma this Sunday.

PHOTO: ALEXIA AUSTIN

TOO GOOD: The Miles Dev­ils were able to get the bet­ter of the Wal­lum­billa-Su­rat Red Bulls in a hard-fought en­counter on the week­end to book their place in this year’s grand fi­nal.

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