DEVILS FALL SHORT AGAINST ROOS
Team loses form in the second half to go down to the Wallaroos
IF SUNDAY’S spiteful clash against Wallaroos teaches Isis Devils anything, it should be for players to keep their heads in the game.
The Devils were down on troops at Maryborough’s Eskdale Park, but were still expected to be too strong for their opponents.
Instead, they sank to their second loss on the trot and need to turn their form around against two-time defending premiers Wests Panthers.
Isis captain Peter Grant said his side was simply outplayed in the second half.
“We were there in the first half. I thought we were going well,” Grant said.
“They slowed it down in the second half and we couldn’t get them.”
The Devils coughed up an 18-6 lead through ill-discipline, poor options and sloppy defence.
Grant and Wallaroos second-rower Mark Berkery were both sent to the sin bin for a dust-up in the first half.
Wallaroos earned an advantage when Isis second-rower Alusa Nasio was sent off.
Initial reports said he was dismissed for calling the touch judge a cheat, but others reported he was sent for reoffending after an earlier warning.
In any case it left the Devils with 12 men for the second half, a disadvantage the short-staffed side could not overcome in energy-sapping heat.
“We had four guys back up from reggies, which was massive in this heat,” Grant said. “But we went to sleep. We have to play the full 80 and that’s something we just didn’t do.”
Berkery’s dismissal in the second half put the sides on level footing, before Wallaroos winger Josh Crowley was sin-binned in the final 10 minutes for fighting (pictured above).
Isis threw everything but could not penetrate the Wallaroos wall, earning a win coach Colin Scott described as “ugly”.
“It was ugly but a win’s a win – we’ll take it,” he said.
“Both sides had guys backing up but we just took advantage of our opportunities.”
Scott nominated monster prop Will Jung as his standout player, with game-breaking lock Damien Otto also performing well.
The Devils’ best was prop Royce Blair.
Isis quartet Zac Dann, Nathan Sullivan, Jake Thompson and Rob O’Donnell were all selected in the Bundaberg rep side.
ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER FIGHT: Players fight it out late in the second half of Wallaroos’ 26-24 win over Isis Devils. Roos winger Josh Crowley was sin-binned for throwing punches during the melee, and (below) Rob O’Donnell sneaks over for a try.