Wal­la­roos wor­ried

Isis Town and Country - - SPORT - By BEN TURN­BULL

THE chance of Wal­la­roos of­fi­cials let­ting their play­ers drive through Childers on the way to Sal­ter Oval on Satur­day for the A-grade qual­i­fy­ing fi­nal in the Bund­aberg Rugby League fi­nals se­ries is slim.

Mem­o­ries of the past two games haunt the Mary­bor­ough-based club and any sign that reads Childers, Isis or the Devils is sure to pro­voke ter­ri­ble mem­o­ries.

In the past two meet­ings of the clubs, Isis won 46–16 and 34–14, and the hot streak needs to con­tinue to keep the sea­son alive for Si­mon Ric­cia­rdi’s men.

Wal­la­roos coach Danny Holmes was blunt in his as­sess­ment of what the two losses did to his team: “They hu­mil­i­ated us ba­si­cally”.

Through pow­er­ful for­wards guided by Ric­cia­rdi, the crafty halves pair­ing of Tim Cole and Nathan Sul­li­van and a back line ca­pa­ble of pil­ing on plenty of points against a team out of form and topped up with six Un­der-18 play­ers Isis are clear favourites to make it to the sec­ond week of the fi­nals.

Holmes said he knew ex­actly what to ex­pect from Isis when the siren sounded to start the game.

“They will bring the same en­thu­si­asm as the past two rounds be­cause it worked for them,” he said.

“Isis is strong in the mid­dle – no, strong across the whole park.”

Kick-off for the Isis v Wal­la­roos qual­i­fy­ing game is at 5pm Satur­day, with the other semi-fi­nal, Broth­ers v Easts, at 6.45pm in Bund­aberg.

PHOTO: ZACH HOGG

DEVILS ON FIRE: Tim Cole, of Isis Devils, in ac­tion against Waves. Isis will play Wal­la­roos in a must-win game Satur­day.

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