Devils top­ple Broth­ers

Isis Town and Country - - SPORT -

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.

PHOTO: MAX FLEET BUN260314CAP2

FULL OF PRAISE: Isis Devils coach Si­mon Ric­cia­rdi was pleased at his team’s per­for­mance.

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