Devils topple Brothers
ISIS Devils have proved their worth after delivering one of their mightiest performances of the season over the weekend.
With the support of their home crowd on Saturday night, Isis Devils dug deep to knock off ladder leaders Brothers with a hard-fought 26-10 win.
Devils coach Simon Ricciardi said his players stood up in the “best win” so far.
Despite competing for most of the game with 12 players after front-rower Telefoni Iakopo was sin-binned nine minutes into the game and then sent off at the 20-minute mark, Isis’s defence stood strong, allowing Brothers to cross the line only twice.
In return Isis scored five tries, including a double from Kurt Thompson.
“We talked about not worrying about what’s happened in the game to just get on with the next play or set,” Ricciardi said.
“We’re a relatively young side but they’re mature.
“And we know we can score, so if we can limit a team to less than 14 points in a game we’re a good chance of winning.”
Ricciardi said he was confident the players were keen to avenge the team’s last encounter, when Brothers scored in the last 30 seconds to snatch the game.
“I thought we dominated the field possession in that game,” Ricciardi said.
“We were probably missing six or seven players in that match so I was confident we could have a win.”
Ricciardi said his man of the match, Peter Grant, was exceptional and adjusted well to the loss of Iakopo.
“He grew another leg after Telefoni was sent off – all the front-rowers did – they were really good,” he said.
The Devils hope to continue their winning streak when they take on Hervey Bay this week.
FULL OF PRAISE: Isis Devils coach Simon Ricciardi was pleased at his team’s performance.