Isis in recovery mode
Devils bruised, battered and in need of a break after losing 38-6
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).
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.