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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.

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