Pan­thers claw way to win

Devils drop grand fi­nal re­match af­ter strug­gling to con­vert chances

Isis Town and Country - - Sport -

WITH Bund­aberg Rugby League sides set to play each other three times there is not as much pres­sure on play­ers to de­liver victory ev­ery week.

Most coaches have in­di­cated they will fo­cus on us­ing the first round to tin­ker with line-ups, the sec­ond round to start their run and the third to (hope­fully) jos­tle for the mi­nor premier­ship.

With that in mind it is easy to look past Isis Devils’ 30-12 loss to Wests Pan­thers. What will be con­cern­ing for coach Simon Ricciardi was the way his play­ers were un­able to crack the Pan­thers’ de­fence af­ter sus­tained pres­sure, as well as the ease with which Wests fired back.

It is Isis’ third con­sec­u­tive loss and they have slipped to fifth on the BRL ta­ble.

Their 46-point flog­ging of Waves Tigers ear­lier this sea­son has kept their points dif­fer­en­tial healthy but they have to stop the rot on Sun­day evening against Easts Mag­pies.

While not a dis­as­ter, a fourth con­sec­u­tive loss could make a sec­ond and third round as­sault on the premier­ship more dif­fi­cult.

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PHOTO: PAUL DON­ALD­SON

BREAK­ING THROUGH: Jake Thomp­son is swamped by Wests de­fend­ers as the Isis Devil tries to power through the line.

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