RESERVE-GRADE WIN BUOYS DEVILS AS THEY PREPARE FOR NEXT MATCH
SPIRITS were high at the Isis Devils before the 2014 rugby league season started, but consecutive losses in A-grade and reserve grade had the club wondering what was going wrong.
At the weekend, the reserve-grade team gave the club a reason to smile after it defeated Maryborough Brothers 14-10 in a hard-fought and, at times, spiteful game.
Coach Simon Ricciardi said the match was not the cleanest and the memory of one loss in A-grade – a last-minute 26-22 defeat to Easts in round one – had the fans thinking history was repeating itself.
“We had good numbers for the game against Maryborough. We took 17 or 18 players away with us,” Ricciardi said.
“A few errors kept everyone on the edge of their seats and, after the Easts game, people were getting nervous.
“But Maryborough gave away a few penalties at the end of the game.”
Ricciardi praised two of his players after the win and he added the mood at the club improved after the game.
“There was a good vibe after the win. They all put in and a few guys played their first game for the year and did well,” he said.
“Back-rowers Brandon Lowcock and Justin Taylor were good for us.”
With the reserve grade getting the club a much-needed victory, it’s now time for the A-grade team to register a win. With the next game against Waves Tigers, the Devils won’t get a better opportunity.
Waves are struggling this season, with the Tigers conceding 110 points in two games, and Isis should be able to let its attacking players loose on a defence that is lacking confidence and cohesion. But Isis will have to do it without one of its big signings.
Joel Turaga was suspended for six weeks for a shoulder charge after being booked in the opening half of the A-grade team’s 44-22 loss to Wallaroos.
The players have a break from training tonight and return next week to prepare for the game against Waves Tigers next weekend.
GREAT CHANCE: Isis Devils play Waves Tigers in the first game back after the Easter break.