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