DEVILS BACK IN WIN­NER'S CIR­CLE

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

SIM­PLE er­rors have left Isis Devils sit­ting fifth af­ter the first round of Bund­aberg Rugby League fix­tures.

The Devils en­joyed a hard-fought 18-14 win over Easts Mag­pies in Sun­day night’s game at Sal­ter Oval, which im­proved their record to 3-3.

That is at least two less wins than coach Simon Ricciardi said he would have pre­ferred at sea­son’s start, but it still keeps Isis in touch with com­pe­ti­tion pacesetters Her­vey Bay Seag­ulls and Broth­ers.

Ricciardi pointed to the losses against Wal­la­roos and Wests Pan­thers as two that should have gone the other way.

“I still don’t know how we threw that one away,” Ricciardi said about the 26-24 loss to Wal­la­roos ear­lier this month.

“I thought the first 10-15 min­utes against Wests was great and we could’ve had them.

“Then we did a few silly things in de­fence and al­lowed them to score points. You can’t af­ford to do that against Wests as they can put a lot of points on in a short time.”

A-grade depth, player avail­abil­ity and in­juries have all played their part in un­der­min­ing Isis’ start, but Ricciardi shifted the blame to what hap­pened on the pad­dock.

“Com­plet­ing sets, mak­ing tack­les – the ba­sic stuff has let us down,” he said.

“Stuff like field po­si­tion and pres­sure which you need to win a game.

“You can’t do that un­less you com­plete your sets, and that’s some­thing we haven’t been do­ing.”

Sun­day’s four-point win was a much-needed boost for the Devils af­ter they lost three on the trot.

While Ricciardi was happy his troops re­turned to the win­ner’s cir­cle, he still lamented some sim­ple er­rors.

“We handed the ball over quite a bit and were on the wrong end of the penalty count,” he said.

“I’m happy for the boys af­ter they toughed that game out.

“We were miss­ing a few play­ers and had about five guys back up from reg­gies, so we did well.”

Re­serve grade con­tin­ued their poor run in a 30-6 loss to Easts ear­lier in the day.

The Devils sit sixth on the re­serve grade ta­ble with only a win and a draw to their name so far.

Both sides have this week­end off due to the rep­re­sen­ta­tive footy week­end.

PHOTO: PAUL DON­ALD­SON

PLAY­MAKER: Tim Cole shapes to pass dur­ing the Devils’ game against Wests at Childers ear­lier this month.

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