Isis in re­cov­ery mode

Devils bruised, bat­tered and in need of a break af­ter los­ing 38-6

Isis Town and Country - - Sport - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

THE Easter break could not come at a bet­ter time for Isis Devils.

The Devils are in re­cov­ery mode af­ter they suf­fered a 38-6 beat­ing at the hands of Broth­ers on Satur­day night.

Broth­ers com­pre­hen­sively out­played Isis, although bad luck from the first set didn’t help the Devils’ for­tune.

They reached the 40m line and on the last tackle went to launch a kick down­field, but prop Naupoto Taulanga charged it down and raced away to score.

Devils coach Simon Ricciardi said the first 30 min­utes broke his side.

"It's im­por­tant to com­plete your sets in the first 30 min­utes and we didn't do that; Broth­ers did," Ricciardi said.

"We were un­der the pump. We lost a few to in­jury and a few oth­ers were play­ing their sec­ond game (af­ter play­ing in re­serve grade’s 16-all draw).

"It was a big ef­fort con­sid­er­ing that but Broth­ers were too good."

Broth­ers coach Mat Tem­ple­man sat on the bench itch­ing to be part of the win, but dam­aged an­kle lig­a­ments mean he will stay on the side­lines for four to six weeks

One of Isis’ big­gest is­sues ap­peared to be their struc­ture.

Where in pre­vi­ous weeks they were im­pres­sive with their plays and line speed, against Broth­ers they didn’t have any straight run­ners in the at­tack­ing 30m.

This led to the Devils’ attack merely go­ing side-to-side, and the Broth­ers de­fend­ers were all too happy to pick off the ball car­ri­ers.

Ricciardi was much hap­pier with the sec­ond half, where the Devils de­fence stopped the Broth­ers on­slaught.

“I think Royce (Blair, prop) was good and War­wick Fay played two full games for us so I can’t fault his ef­fort,” Ricciardi said.

“We’ve got a few things to ad­just ahead of our next game.”

The Devils had a num­ber of in­jury con­cerns, with hooker Nathan Sul­li­van and full­back Ja­cob Klaasen un­able to fin­ish the game, and the week off will give them more time to re­cover.

BROTH­ERS 38 (J Ak­ers 2, B Kuskey 2, D Fin­ter, N Taulanga, J McCrae tries; J Carl 5 goals) def ISIS DEVILS 6 (R Blair try; Z Dann goal).

PHO­TOS: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

GAME ON: Devils' Peter Grant and Broth­ers' Joel McCrae went toe-to-toe be­fore team­mates joined the melee dur­ing Satur­day night’s game.

Broth­ers' Joel McCrae proved a con­stant men­ace for Broth­ers in their big win over Isis Devils on Satur­day.

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