Early come­back for Bryant

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By JIM ALOUAT jim.alouat@news-mail.com.au

A RUP­TURED an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment is enough to keep most play­ers down and out for the sea­son.

But not Isis Devils for­ward Jimmy Bryant, who made a ten­ta­tive come­back to A-grade rugby league last weekend.

Bryant sus­tained the in­jury in a trial match in Fe­bru­ary and has been car­ry­ing the drinks since the sea­son started.

Al­though his side went down 32–28 at Sal­ter Oval last weekend to an Easts out­fit filled with youth­ful ex­u­ber­ance, Bryant played about 40 min­utes and said he pulled up well af­ter the match.

“I was pretty ner­vous about it all week,” he said.

“It was pretty hard to fight those demons but the idea was to give me a run in re­serve-grade first and A-grade af­ter that.”

Bryant said like much of the sea­son so far, the match was a case of missed op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“It was a tough game to lose,” he said.

Cap­tain coach Si­mon Ric­cia­rdi said his side was sim­ply out-en­thused

“We had eight play­ers out but we still put a good enough team on the pad­dock,” he said. “That was prob­a­bly one of our big­gest games of the year so I’m a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed.”

Isis takes on com­pe­ti­tion lead­ers Broth­ers this weekend and Ric­cia­rdi said he was ex­pect­ing a much bet­ter ef­fort on home soil.

“It’s a home game and we seem to lift for those,” he said.

Ric­cia­rdi said it would be un­likely that Bryant would back up this weekend.

“We don’t want to put too much of a work­load on him this early on in the sea­son,” he said.

“Jimmy brings ex­actly what we are miss­ing at times, with enthusiasm, en­ergy and pas­sion.

“I can’t wait to have him back on the pad­dock full-time, that’s for sure.”

PHOTO: BEN TURN­BULL

BACK IN AC­TION: Jimmy Bryant is ex­cited to be back on the field af­ter a se­ri­ous knee in­jury.

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