Team loses form in the sec­ond half to go down to the Wal­la­roos

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

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.

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