DEVILS KEEP TIGERS AT BAY

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

WINGER War­rick Fay was one of Isis Devils coach Simon Ricciardi’s few high­lights on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

The Devils took on the resur­gent Waves Tigers, who re­cov­ered from a tu­mul­tuous week to put in ar­guably their best per­for­mance of the sea­son.

Isis man­aged to stem the tide and notched a 28-18 victory, but it is not a game on which Ricciardi will fondly look.

Fay and Rob­bie O’Don­nell gave the for­mer cap­tain two rea­sons to smile how­ever, as both played strong hands in the win.

“I thought they were both great to­day,” Ricciardi said.

“There’s a lot we’re go­ing to have to fix up.

“We need to get ev­ery­one to train­ing and fo­cus­ing on those ba­sics. That com­ple­tion rate was ter­ri­ble and we can’t af­ford to keep play­ing like that.”

Ricciardi flagged fu­ture changes as the Devils await the ar­rival of more fire­power.

“We’re lack­ing a bit of depth at the mo­ment but we’re hope­fully go­ing to have that sorted soon,” Ricciardi said.

Waves were boosted last week by the re­turn of for­mer Gin Gin Hawk Danny Mo­ran, and a num­ber of oth­ers who an­swered an SOS to get the club back on its feet (more be­low).

Isis and Waves traded tries and the lead through­out the match, un­til the Devils scored three late tries to put the re­sult be­yond doubt.

Ricciardi was full of praise for the way Waves played.

“I think they put in a great ef­fort af­ter the week they had,” he said.

“They had plenty of fire and were play­ing great footy.

The re­sult puts Isis equal with Wests and Wal­la­roos af­ter four wins and a bye, with the Devils third thanks to a su­pe­rior points dif­fer­en­tial.

The Devils will host Wal­la­roos at Childers Show­ground this Satur­day.

The women’s Wal­la­roos v Easts game will kick off the day at 2.45pm, be­fore the Devils re­serve grade play Wal­la­roos at 4pm.

ISIS DEVILS 28 (Lilo 2, Rowan 2, Dann, Hig­gins tries; R O’Don­nell 2 goals) def WAVES TIGERS 18 (Jones 2, Misa 2 tries; McLennan goal) at Sal­ter Oval

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

STAR PER­FORMER: Isis Devil War­rick Fay takes on the Waves Tigers de­fence dur­ing last week’s 28-18 win at Sal­ter Oval.

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